Opera Artist Eduardo Valdes ’83 to Give Commencement Speech

March 18, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Renowned tenor Eduardo Valdes ‘83, principal artist at The Metropolitan Opera Center in New York City, will give the University of Mount Union’s 2015 Commencement address. Valdes will present, “Listening to Your Heart, Following Your Dream.”

Valdes will speak as part of the University’s 169th Commencement Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9on the south lawn of Chapman Hall (rain location is the Peterson Field House). During his talk, Valdes will discuss how being open to the signs of the universe makes anything possible.

Valdes, a solo principal artist, is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and is a voice teacher and voice advisor in New York City. He is a faculty member for The Bel Canto Institute’s summer program in Florence, Italy and Canto de las Americas, a workshop for aspiring artists in the vocal arts in New York City.

While at Mount Union, Valdes majored in music education. During his undergraduate career, he was a member of choir, marching band, concert band, brass choir, orchestra, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American Guild of Organists, percussion ensemble, Sophomore Service Honorary, Association of International Students, An Evening in Vienna (1980), Snowball King (1981), Language Club, Student Senate, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Who’s Who, Blue Key and Fast.

“Mount Union gave me a good foundation in music to enter the main stream of music and to get into the schools that eventually got me to The Metropolitan Opera,” Valdes said.

After graduating from Mount Union, Valdes attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University where he earned a Master of Music degree. He participated in the Israel Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) and was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center. Valdes has sung in opera houses throughout the United States, South and Central America and Europe. 

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