Claude Heater Foundation's mission is to nurture, encourage, and support dramatic operatic voices, classical musicians, and artists through developmental, educational program and professional level performance opportunities. This mission fulfilled will enrich the classical music community on an international level.
Claude Heater Foundation works to provide the resources to produce operas, concerts, and recitals, providing auditions to foster artistic and technical development of singers and to bring global communities together by making great music.
The foundation is named after and supported by the American opera singer Claude Heater, an Oakland native and current San Francisco Bay Area resident, whose singing career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, in Europe who later served as General Director of Oakland Opera, and is also known for portraying the role of Jesus Christ in the 1959 film Ben-Hur.
"One of the great musical surprises of the year was a concert performance of Wagner's masterpiece of forbidden love, given Aug 26 in Herbst Theatre. This is a piece that can challenge even established opera companies, and to hear it done this well by representatives of the Claude Heater Foundation – with soprano Juyeon Song and tenor Roy Cornelius Smith in the title roles led by conductor Jonathan Khuner – defied reasonable expectations."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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