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Star Power: Renowned Russian Baritone Vladimir Chernov

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By Judy Lin

Published Apr 22, 2008 9:30 AM


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Google Vladimir Chernov and you'll come up with about 19,800 hits: YouTube videos of some of the more than 45 major roles he has sung in nearly every premier opera house in the world, from Figaro in "Il barbiere di Siviglia" at London's Covent Garden to Miller in "Luisa Mille" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Links to his managers in London, Spain, Italy, Austria and the United States. And news of his latest role as professor of vocal studies in the Department of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where he earns rave reviews from students and colleagues alike.

Chernov hadn't been seeking a teaching post when he was invited to campus in 2005 as a Regents' Lecturer. He coached young singers in both private and class lessons, taught two master classes — which were open to the public — and performed in recital.

"He completely won over the hearts and minds of the faculty and the students," said Ian Krouse, chair of the music department. In 2006, Chernov accepted the department's offer of a tenured teaching post that enables him to continue his international singing career while serving as a mentor to those who will follow.

Read the complete story in UCLA Today Online.

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