Quade Winter

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Quade Winter (born 1951) is an American composer, musical restorer and translator, specializing in the light operas of Victor Herbert. Earlier in his career, he sang opera for over two decades.

Early years and singing career[edit]

Winter was born in Pendleton, Oregon, son of Melvin Winter, a car dealer, and Margaret Winter, a housewife.[1] He graduated from the University of Oregon (1975) with degrees in theater and music.

He began a musical theatre career but soon turned to classical music.[2] He graduated from the Merola Opera Program in 1980.[3] While there, he sang with San Francisco Opera.[4] He then began a career as an operatic tenor, singing roles in opera and oratorio, during the next 23 years, in Germany and Austria (where he lived in the 1980s), the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.[5][6][7] For example, in 1993, Winter sang Calaf in Turandot with New York City Opera.[8] In 1994, he sang Herod in Richard Strauss's Salome with Virginia Opera,[9] a role he repeated in 2000 with Opera de las Americas in the Dominican Republic.[10] He played Aegistheus in Strauss's Elektra with the Canadian Opera Company in 1996,[11] repeating the role with the Hawaii Opera Theatre in 1999.[12]

Composing, translating and orchestrating career[edit]

In 1996, Winter's first opera score, replacing Arthur Sullivan's lost score to Thespis, was given its world premiere by the Ohio Light Opera.[13] His second score, The Carp, replacing Alfred Cellier's lost score, was requested in 1998 by The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive for its Web Opera series. It is considered to be the first opera ever to be composed expressley for the Internet. It was orchestrated and performed by the Ohio Light Opera in 1999.[14]

From 1997 to 2004, Winter was Composer-in-Residence at the Ohio Light Opera, and oversaw productions of many of his opera translations, including Boccaccio (von Suppé), The Gypsy Baron (Strauss), The Merry Widow (Lehàr) and Die Fledermaus (Strauss). The OLO commissioned a number of critical editions of seldom performed operettas, starting with Victor Herbert's Eileen (1997), utilizing Herbert's original manuscripts in the collection of the Library of Congress.[15] Similar reconstructions followed: Herbert's The Red Mill (2001)[16] and Sweethearts (2002),[17] and Reginald De Koven's Robin Hood (2004). These works were issued as CDs on the Newport and Albany labels.

In 2009, Winter restored Victor Herbert's The Magic Knight. He has performed similar services for various organizations, including the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization's new engraving of Hammerstein's Carmen Jones.

Winter currently lives and works in the New York City area.


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  2. ^ Crafts, Fred. "Fat Chance This Guy Had". Eugene Register-Guard, February 2, 1978, p. 3D, accessed March 22, 2010
  3. ^ "Alumni by Year". Merola Opera Program website, accessed March 22, 2010
  4. ^ Alumni list[permanent dead link], Sfopera.com, accessed March 22, 2010
  5. ^ "Quade Winter, Composer". Main Line Opera, accessed March 22, 2010
  6. ^ Winter, Quade. "Quade Winter" Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, accessed March 22, 2010
  7. ^ Kozinn, Allan. "In Performance; Music". The New York Times, May 16, 1995, accessed March 22, 2010
  8. ^ Ross, Alex. "New Cast in City's Turandot". The New York Times, September 30, 1993, accessed March 22, 2010
  9. ^ Nicholson, David. "Macabre, Music Mingle". Daily Press (Norfolk, Virginia), November 20, 1994, p. 2, accessed March 22, 2010
  10. ^ Opera Watch. Opera News, November 2000, accessed March 22, 2010
  11. ^ Schabas Ezra, Morey, Carl. "Opera viva: Canadian Opera Company: the first fifty years". Dundurn, 2000, p. 291. ISBN 1-55002-346-2
  12. ^ Bingham, Ruth O. "HOT sacrifices nothing for electrifying Elektra. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 15, 1999, accessed March 22, 2010
  13. ^ Winter's Thespis score at The Gilbert and Sullivan Discography, accessed 17 March 2010
  14. ^ "The Carp Web Opera" at The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive, accessed 19 September 2011
  15. ^ Walker, Raymond. "Victor Herbert: Eileen". Musicweb International, 2 July 2002, accessed 17 March 2010
  16. ^ Suskin, Steven. "On the Record: Victor Herbert, a Smattering of Sondheim, and The Shuberts" Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Playbill, January 27, 2002, accessed March 17, 2020
  17. ^ Sweethearts at the Albany Records website, accessed 17 March 2010

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