Alum Performs with Metropolitan Opera House

June 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Mount Union graduate Eduardo Valdes ‘83 has a lot to look forward to in 2014 as he celebrates his 20th year of service as a soloist with The Metropolitan Opera house, as well as his 500th performance on the Met stage.

Valdes made his Metropolitan debut during the 1993-1994 season and since then has sung in more than 32 productions. In 1997, Valdes sang 25 performances of Beppe in Pagliacci with the Metropolitan Opera including the Texaco Radio Broadcast, the Japan tour and the Met in the Park series. That summer he opened the 40th Annual Pablo Casals Festival with El Pessebre, which was telecast on A&E Network. Eduardo can be found in the DVD releases of Live from the Met in I Puritani with German record label, Deutshe Grammaphone, with the soprano Anna Netrebko.

In 2002-03, he appeared in the Metropolitan Opera gala with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni in the opera Fedora. This performance was recorded for PBS and released in video and DVD. He also appears in the recently released performances of Il Trovatore, Anna Bolena, Turandot and Otello. Adding to Valdes’ accomplishments, he also had the honor of being invited by Senator Edward Kennedy to perform for the King and Queen of Spain at a dinner honoring the Royals in Boston.

Valdes received a bachelor’s degree in music education and was very involved during his time at Mount Union. He was a member of the marching band, orchestra, brass choir, master chorale, concert choir, Sophomore Service Honorary, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Valdes said that Mount Union provided him with the opportunities and space to grow, giving him a broad spectrum that helped him to survive in the music world. Not only does he serve as a soloist for The Met, but he also runs a private voice studio in New York City, is a faculty member of the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy and beginning in the summer of 2014, he will join the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Sicily, Italy as a voice teacher.

“Mount Union gave me the necessary tools to communicate with students and share my ideas and experiences so they can grow into excellent musicians,” said Valdes.

Valdes said that many professors at Mount Union influenced his decision to pursue a career in music. Among those professors were Dr. Gordon Brock, Carl Kandel, Dr. Lewis Phelps and Dr. William Coleman. Although not all of the professors were in the music department, they understood, encouraged and challenged Valdes to shape who he is today.

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