Carl DuPont, Randall Scarlata to join Voice faculty

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Carl DuPont, a bass-baritone, and Randall Scarlata, a baritone, will join the Voice faculty as faculty artists in the fall.

Carl DuPont and Randall Scarlata

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DuPont is a performer, teacher, and researcher whose operatic credits include the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, and El Palacio de Bellas Artes. His scholarly interest focuses on transformative inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators. He has a doctorate in vocal pedagogy and performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Scarlata is a regular guest performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Lyric Fest, and Chamber Music Northwest, among others. His repertoire spans five centuries and 16 languages. He is a sought-after interpreter of new music and regularly performs the major German song cycles.

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