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Conservatory of Music

Lary Benson

Private Lessons | Voice

You can expect me to respect your personal goals, interests and abilities pertaining to the performance of vocal music. My goal is to help you find the joy and fulfillment in singing expressively with good intonation and tone regardless of the genre. Lessons are balanced between technical work and repertoire that is chosen to accommodate your interests and developmental needs. I encourage excitement in performing a wide variety of styles and genres. ” 



Lary Benson began his career as a teacher of music in the public school system in rural Alberta. Later he took private singing lessons, and trained in operatic technique, dance and acting, at various music schools in Canada and England; soon moving into operatic performance. As a tenor, Lary sang lead and secondary roles with opera companies across Canada, including Edmonton, Calgary, Manitoba, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto. In addition to opera, Lary has performed as a soloist in oratorio with many Canadian symphony orchestras and choirs. Frequently engaged by the renowned director Irving Guttman, Lary sang in productions with international stars such as Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Jerome Hines, Louis Quilico, Judith Forst, Jose Carreras and Giorgio Tozzi. He also worked with famous conductors Anton Guadagno, Richard Bonynge, Mario Bernardi and Anton Coppola and notable directors Irving Guttman, Lotfi Mansouri, James de Blases, Brian MacDonald and Kelly Robinson. Lary also had the unique opportunity to collaborate with The Dnipro Ensemble, and conductor Wolodymir Kolesnyk, in the Ukrainian opera " Kupalo" and the Oratorio "Svyaty Dnipro", performed both in Edmonton and in Toronto.

Lary has also performed in many musical theatre productions.
For many years Lary has worked as a singing instructor at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music, and was also a vocal instructor in the Grant Macewan University's Theatre Arts program for 20 plus years under Tim Ryan and Jim Guedo. Lary enjoys teaching students of all ages, including children, adult beginners, and students at advanced levels.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Education with a Major in Music, University of Alberta

Opera Scenes:

  • Dance instruction, acting instruction and vocal coaching under Andrew Downey at Morley College, London, England.
  • Private Singing Instructors: Domety Berezenetz, Jean Letourneau, David Astor, Leopold Simoneau Seth Riggs at The Banff Centre.
  • Musical and Language coaching: Alfred Strombergs, Marie Therese Paquin, Harold Brown, William Shookhoff at The Banff Centre.

 

Performances/compositions/recordings

  • 35 Sacred Concerti by Dmitri Bortniansky; featured as a tenor soloist, recorded in Guelph Ontario in 1985 and 1987.
  • Ukrainian Millennium Choir conducted by Wolodymir Kolesnyk.
  • LOUIS RIEL Opera by Harry Somers, Kennedy Centre, Washington DC (October 1975).
  • TALES OF HOFFMAN Opera by Offenbach, Vancouver Opera, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver B.C (January 1984).
  • The Magic Flute with Alfred Strombergs, Allan Ord at the University of Alberta.

Opera Performance:

  • Coronation of Poppea, Midsummernight's Dream
  • Four summer sessions in 1971, 1972, 1973 ,1981 at The Banff Centre under Bernard Turgeon, Alexander Grey. Vocal instructors: Leon Major and Seth Riggs.

 

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