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Timothy Shaindlin

Coaching, French and Italian Lyric Diction, French and German Vocal Repertoire

A native of New York City, Timothy Shaindlin joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 2008. After studies at The Juilliard School, Indiana University, the New School for Social Research, and the Aspen Music Festival, he served on the music staffs of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Florentine Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. He has coached for Glimmerglass Opera (Italian language coach), Sarasota Opera (music director of the Studio Artists Program), Santa Fe Opera (Russian language coach), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony. In Europe, he worked for Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and played five summers of master classes for Tito Gobbi in Florence, Italy. He has played classes and coachings for such artists as Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Natalie Dessay, Ben Heppner, Luciano Pavarotti, Eleanor Steber, Samuel Ramey, Régine Crespin, Carlo Bergonzi, Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Regina Resnik, Rockwell Blake, Paul Plishka, Catherine Malfitano, and Ghena Dimitrova.

Mr. Shaindlin’s work on the podium includes conducting engagements with Hawaii Opera Theatre, where he led the first-ever operatic performances on Maui. At Pittsburgh Opera he conducted Madama Butterfly, which included a broadcast throughout Europe on NPR, and performances of Don Pasquale, La Traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Fledermaus, and The Threepenny Opera. For Chicago Opera Theater, he conducted Hoiby’s Bon Appétit, and he led Chicago Light Opera Works in La Périchole, The Most Happy Fella, The Chocolate Soldier, New Moon, and A Waltz Dream. Mr. Shaindlin conducted Haydn’s Lo Speziale as the first opera ever staged in The Barns at Wolf Trap, as well as The Merry Widow at Eugene Opera. He has assisted such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Richard Bonynge, Bruno Bartoletti, Donato Renzetti, Louis Langrée, Edoardo Müller, Yves Abel, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, and Paul Gemignani.

In addition, Mr. Shaindlin chorus-mastered 40 operas at Pittsburgh Opera and was director of the Children’s Chorus at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was co-founder of the Pittsburgh Opera Center training program, and has also taught at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and the State University of New York at Purchase.

Equally versed in music theater, Mr. Shaindlin has conducted summer stock performances of My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and Song of Norway, and has played keyboards for national company tours of The Will Rogers Follies, Guys and Dolls, State Fair, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Camelot, Grease, and many other shows.

Since coming to Yale, Mr. Shaindlin has been music director for several productions including Massenet’s La Navarraise, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Audiences also saw him lead the Yale Baroque Ensemble in Yale Opera’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.