Stephen Francis Vasta

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August 23, 2017
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STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA brings extensive training and experience to his writings on classical music. Since earning his diploma from Columbia University, he has worked for over twenty years as a conductor, vocal coach, piano accompanist, and harpsichordist, not only with companies based in and around his native New York, but with regional opera companies including Berkshire Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Metro Lyric Opera (NJ), most recently serving as Chorus Master for the New Jersey Verismo Opera Association. As conductor, he has led the Czech Republic's Filharmonie Hradec Kralove in concert, and has assisted prominent conductors including Sarah Caldwell, Anton Coppola, Cal Stewart Kellogg, Gunther Bauer-Schenk, and Tomasz Golka. He maintains continuing ties to Ball State University (IN) and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he has conducted and coached, and was a staff pianist for two seasons with the International Workshop for Conductors. Mr. Vasta is active in musical theatre as well, with credits including Damn Yankees with Jamie Farr; Godspell at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Oh, Coward! off-Broadway at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre; and the 1992-3 international tour of Peter Pan which crossed the U.S., Canada and East Asia.
Mr. Vasta has been writing about classical music since 1993, when Stereophile magazine drafted him for a feature-length survey of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony on short notice, eventually making him their resident Mahler/Bruckner specialist. Subsequently, he became a Contributing Editor of Listener magazine. At present, his opera reviews and articles about singing appear regularly in Opera News magazine; his CD reviews can be found in print in Time Out/New York, and online at and

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