The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University adds depth to its voice faculty with the addition of faculty artists Carl DuPont, bass-baritone, and baritone Randall Scarlata beginning in the fall of 2019.
Carl DuPont is a performer, teacher, and researcher with operatic credits including The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Carolina, and El Palacio de Bellas Artes. He has performed with leading orchestras under such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta, and sang the world premiere of the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea. Performance highlights in the current season include the role of Hortensius in La Fille du Regiment and Zuniga in Carmen, and recitals at UC San Diego and the University of Miami. DuPont’s scholarly interest focuses on Transformative Inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. He has been published in Voice and Speech Review and The Laryngoscope and presented original research at conferences in Stockholm, Vancouver, and Indianapolis. He served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and taught previously at Barry University, the University of Miami, and Indiana University. He holds a doctorate in vocal pedagogy and performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Baritone Randall Scarlata, praised by The New York Times as “an intelligent and communicative singer,” is a regular guest performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Lyric Fest, and Chamber Music Northwest, among others. His repertoire spans five centuries and 16 languages: he is a sought-after interpreter of new music and regularly performs the major German song cycles. His extensive recording catalog appears on the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque, Bridge, Albany, and Sono Luminus labels, and his recording of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo. In addition to frequent appearances with leading orchestras and early music groups, Scarlata is co-artistic director of the Alpenkammermusik Chamber Music Festival in Carinthia, Austria, during the summers, and give master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. He previously served on the faculties of West Chester University and SUNY Stony Brook.
DuPont and Scarlata join a diverse roster of artist-faculty colleagues charged with implementation of the Peabody Conservatory’s new Breakthrough Curriculum in Performing Arts Leadership, a model at the forefront of arts training in the United States. The Breakthrough Curriculum is designed to help students develop skills in performance excellence, career development, and citizen artistry to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing musical landscape. This includes a reimagined instrumental ensembles program in which students move through a rotation of varied ensemble experiences to ensure musical flexibility and training across a range of performing contexts, musical styles, and ensemble configurations.