The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present baritone Nicholas Wiggins as one of the featured artists in the 2012-13 Bel Canto series spotlighting Capital Region vocal artists at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

Mr. Wiggins will perform a recital of classical song, opera arias and popular music on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:30pm.  The program will include the Rachmaninoff Romances, which are rarely heard in performance these days, as well as well-known, popular arias from Figaro and Carmen.  He will be accompanied by pianist Olga Krayterman.  Prior to the concert, he will also participate in a Meet the Artist session and conduct a master class on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm. Events on both days will take place in the Recital Hall.

Wiggins is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester where he studied voice in the studio of Jan Opalach, professor at the Eastman School of Music.  He is a native of Clifton Park and an alumnus of the Shenendehowa Central School District where he is known as the “football team captain turned nationally-acclaimed musician.”  He has had the opportunity to travel worldwide sharing his love of music as a member of the Yellow Jackets, an a cappella group from NBC's hit show The Sing-Off.  Since the show, he has been fortunate enough to tour in the US, Africa, Hong Kong, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.  Professionally, Wiggins has been a soloist with the Eastman Chorale and has sung the roles of Antonio in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Mozart’s Act II sextet from Don Giovanni, Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Lescaut in Manon by Jules Massenet. In addition to his stage experience, he has received many accolades in the form of multiple awards and scholarships. 

Born in Belarus, Olga Krayterman is a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music where she also completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  An avid performer and competitor, Olga has been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition and the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina as well as third prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition for Young People. She has participated in numerous piano festivals including the Académie Internationale du Moulin d’Andé in France, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, the Orford Festival in Canada and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.

Tickets for the concert on November 3 are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  Admission for the meet-the-artist session and participation in the master class on November 2 are free.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

Looking ahead to the spring, the Bel Canto Series will feature soprano Maria Todaro and baritone Louis Otey.  The two will team up for a master class, meet-the-artists session and a Duo Opera Recital on April 21.