Brendel, associate professor of voice at Lee University, will present and
perform at the Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen Conference in Nottingham,
England, July 5-7.
was selected from a large number of international applicants to be a part of
the conference which celebrates the centennial year of Benjamin Britten, a
British composer famed largely for his eclectic approach to composition, and
noted for his operas.
honored to be selected,” said Brendel. “To be part of this significant
conference with international scholars and performers is a special privilege
is widely performed in the music of Britten and wrote his doctoral monograph on
a Britten topic. His lecture/recital for the conference is titled “The Tenor’s
Solo Music in The Turn of the Screw.” He will sing the Prologue and an aria
from the opera, and will be accompanied by Mervyn Cooke, a pre-eminent Britten
Brendel has presented Britten’s music at events in Liverpool, England; Dunedin,
New Zealand; and numerous conferences in the United States.
Brendel’s performances have been heralded as "effortlessly
professional...strongly lyric...memorable" in opera, oratorio and recital.
As an opera singer, Brendel shines brightest in the Mozart tenor roles of Cosi
fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Der Shauspieldirektor, but is equally at home
in the contemporary operas of Britten.
has appeared as Goro (Madama Butterfly),
Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) among other roles. He has
also sung numerous recitals and oratorios, and was tenor soloist at Carnegie
joined Lee’s School of Music in 2005 where he teaches voice and graduate vocal
pedagogy. He earned his doctor of musical arts and his master’s in music from
Temple University and his bachelor of music education from Evangel College.
2007 he has served with his wife Chery, also Lee music faculty, as the
co-director of music ministries at Wesley Memorial UMC. The couple also
founded, and currently direct, the Schumann Liederfest, a summer music program
for American singers in Zwickau, Germany.
information about the Britten Centenary Conference, visit Benjamin Britten on Stage and