He has been selected from a large number of international applicants to be part of the Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen Conference hosted at the University of Nottingham.
The year 2013 is the centennial year for the British composer Benjamin Britten, famed largely for his eclectic approach to composition, and noted for his operas.
Brendel is widely performed in the music of Britten, and wrote his doctoral monograph on a Britten topic. He will present a lecture/recital at the conference titled “The Tenor’s Solo Music in The Turn of the Screw.” He will sing the Prologue and an aria from the opera, and will be accompanied by Mervyn Cooke, a pre-eminent Britten scholar.
“This is a great honor to be selected for this important conference. The Britten Centennial is a significant event, but to be part of it with international scholars and performers is a special privilege for me. And being a Britten scholar makes it all the more important for me professionally,” Brendel said.
He previously presented Britten’s music at events in Liverpool, England,and Dunedin, New Zealand, and numerous conferences in the U.S.
Brendel has performed several Britten operas, and has significant experience in the solo song literature of the composer. He will present an all-Britten recital consisting of the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Quatre Chansons Françaises, Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente, and Canticle I “My Beloved is Mine.” He will also sing Canticle II “Abraham and Isaac” at several universities.
He is scheduled to sing at Coker College, Gardner-Webb University, Union University, the University of Central Florida, Stetson University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Brendel is currently associate professor of voice at Lee University, and holds the bachelor of music education degree from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., and the master of music and the doctor of musical arts degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Since 2007 he has served with Chery, also Lee music faculty, as the co-director of music ministries at Wesley Memorial UMC.
The couple also founded and directed the summer music program for American singers in Germany, the Schumann Liederfest.