Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum to present first opera concert April 22

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present its first opera concert Friday, April 22, at 5 p.m. “Masters of Melody” will be performed by baritone Carl Ratner accompanied by David Goldberger on piano.

Guests for the free public concert will hear music by Franz Schubert, Giuseppe Verdi, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The exhibition galleries will be open before the performance. Seating is limited; and seats can be reserved by phone at (334) 844-3085 or email at

Goldberger, who holds a doctorate from Columbia University, has performed in solo recitals and in chamber music with orchestra in the United States, France, Italy and Mexico. He is retired from the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Hunter College and Long Island University in New York City.

He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and is listed in The International Who’s Who in Music. He has recorded works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Clementi for Opus Records. More than 50 volumes of piano music bear his name as editor, including rare four-hand works, standard works of solo literature and several series of books of teaching materials for piano students.

Ratner began his career assisting stage directors in international opera houses including England’s Royal Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Munich Opera, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the English National Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

He served as artistic director for Chamber Opera Chicago from 1984 to1993 and Chicago Opera Theater from 1994 to 1999. While leading these two companies, he began his own singing career, earning his doctorate in vocal performance from Northwestern University in 2005.

Since 2001, he has held the post of director of opera at Western Michigan University. He also serves as artistic and management consultant for Opera Naples. Ratner recently returned from a Fulbright residency at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

For more information on the performance, go to or call (334) 844-1484.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

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