Vincent Dion Stringer

Vincent Dion Stringer, baritone, is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. He holds a B.A. in Music from Eastern Nazarene College, and has studied voice at New England Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music.

Mr. Stringer, who made his professional debut in 1991 with the New England Bach Festival in the B minor Mass, is an active recitalist and chamber musician with Boston performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the African Meeting House, and the Goethe Institute. He has spent several summers on a Fellowship at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont where he was coached by Swiss tenor Ernst Haefliger.

Recent operatic performances have included roles in the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera O Corvo Branco/The White Raven directed by Robert Wilson in Portugal and Spain; in Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Bach's Dialogue between Fear and Hope after Death directed by Peter Sellars in France and Germany; Amy Beach's Cabildo; Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel; and the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Emmanuel Music at Jordan Hall.

As an advocate for new music Mr. Stringer has premiered many works including the Elizabeth Swados cantata Defiance, commissioned by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and Walker by composer T.J. Anderson and librettist Derrick Walcott.

Mr. Stringer is the founder and artistic director of the New England Spiritual Ensemble and is on the voice faculty at Phillips Academy, Andover. His CD recordings include the Langston Hughes Gospel song-play "Black Nativity" recorded for Milestones and Marvels, Inc. Records and a CD for Revels Records of Negro Spirituals arranged by John Andrew Ross.

Mr. Stringer was recently nominated by Senator Edward Kennedy as the artist to represent Massachusetts for 'Massachusetts State Day' on August 1, 2000, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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