Special Topics in Opera

Music Technology, Composition


For nearly 35 years American tenor Richard Leech has sung many well-known roles in Italian and French repertoire on both discs and on the stages of opera houses and symphonies.


"With a sound like this, the world is her oyster! " (The New York Sun)

"Yoon Kwon flew over the Philharmonie like an angel…kept us astonished and enchanted throughout." (Kolnische Rundschau, Germany)


  • Courses Taught

    • Latin Music U.S.A. (Byrne Seminar)
    • Introduction to World Music (MUS292)
    • Music in Latin America: Case Studies From the Andes, Brazil, Mexico, and the Hispanic Caribbean (MUS295)
    • Principles of Ethnomusicology (MUS303)
    • Social Theory and Problems in Ethnomusicology (MUS520/620)


Tarik O’Regan has composed music for a wide variety of ensembles and organizations; these include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sydney Dance Company, Chamber Choir Ireland, BBCProms at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Royal Opera House in London.

Distinguished Artist, Jazz Piano

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch is a pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist.

Distinguished Artist, Jazz Piano

Eddie Palmieri has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. 

With a discography that includes 36 titles, Palmieri has been awarded nine Grammy® Awards. Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his older brother, the late Salsa pianist, Charlie Palmieri.