Clipped From The Miami News
Director OiU-Ws OiU-Ws OiU-Ws Opera Workshop Is Ex-Met Ex-Met Ex-Met Tenor By TERRY JOnNSON KINO Music ldltor of Th MUml Ntwt Former Metropolitan Opera Opera tenor Arthur Graham, who is setting up and directing directing the Opera Workshop at the University of Miami, says, "My major problem so far is that I have mostly girls in the group. I'll really be straining If I have to hug and kiss all those females in the love scenes; I'm looking for more men." And his fellow fellow faculty members think anyone who gives up such delights is a candidate for the funny farm. Graham, who joined the University of Miami staff when classes opened last week, is 37 and younger looking looking when he wears his toupee. toupee. ("I only wear it onstage," onstage," he says; "it takes a certain type to wear a 'rug' on campus because the kids laugh their heads off. Besides, Besides, it's hot and the net always shows)." Miamians will have their first chance to hear him when he opens the Faculty Recital Series Sunday night at 8:30 in Beaumont Hall. Graham has just returned from Central City, Colo., where he participated for the third time in the summer summer opera festival. "Before the gold ran out it used to be known as the richest richest square mile in the country. country. Now it has a winter population population of about a hundred, opera lovers. "If really Wild West," he says. "It seems funny to see all the Viennese musicians, the stars of 'Carmen,' and the chorus from The Ballad-of Ballad-of Ballad-of Baby Doe' decked out during during the day in blue jeans and cowboy hats." Then he confided confided that he, too, sported the western attire, but his wife Jane wouldn't let him wear it east of Nebraska. He sang with the Metropolitan Metropolitan for two years, quitting last year to teach opera at Bucknell University in Lewis-burg, Lewis-burg, Lewis-burg, Pa. Although he was carrying a full teaching load, he continued continued to accept outside engagements, engagements, as he will do this year. In fact, before he received received his faculty appointment appointment here he had already signed on as Spoletta in Puccini's Puccini's "Tosca" which the Opera Opera Guild will present Jan. 25 at Miami Beach and Jan. 28 at Dade County Auditorium. It was naturally an ostal-gic ostal-gic ostal-gic moment for Graham when the Met opened last week in its glittering new home in New York's Lincoln Center. "Of course it was a thrill to sing in the old building," building," he says; "but the English English horn player called me right after the opening to say the new building was fabulous. "I think they were disappointed disappointed in the opera they did Samuel Barber's "Anthony and Cleopatra" but they were enthusiastic about the surroundings." Long a devotee of opera, Graham stood up at 270 performances performances in the Met before he began singing there, and the season before he was drafted he saw 63 operas "So I wouldn't cry my eyes out over opera while I was away." But he loves songs of all kinds, not just arias, and he hopes to inspire in his opera students the same enjoyment. enjoyment. S u n d a y 's program, in which he will be accompanied accompanied by Lena Maddaford, will feature songs by Hugo Wolf, Faure, Schubert and Scarlatti as well as arias from Mozart and L'Arlesi-ana. L'Arlesi-ana. L'Arlesi-ana. The recital, as are all university musical events, is free and open to the public. But whatever public arrives after 8:00 has a good chance of finding standing room only. Graham lives with his wife and two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old two-week-old daughter, Mary Margaret, in South Miami. At the other end of town a same night event Sunday at 8:15 there is a program of Latin American folk music. music. Barry College will feature feature Raul and Maria de Ramon, Ramon, from Chile, as the first offering in their excellent culture series. Their next, on Oct. 16, will be the ms8 lal3 Oct. 16, will be the 38 small youngsters from the Monter-ray Monter-ray Monter-ray Boys Choir. Already the small fry are preparing the Opera Guild will bring "Hansel and Gretel" before an audience composed largely of Girl Scouts, but with a good scattering scattering of other youngsters on Oct. 23. Car pool plans are being made, and tickets are going rapidly. This is one of two Family Opera productions productions for the all season a warmup for the evening winter winter season. ' 3774751 '