The almost blind master baritone Douglas Yates is highly respected among experts and connoisseurs. His tremendous vocal talent, versatility and charisma captivate both audience and critics.


? Born in Texas/USA, studied at the Rice University in Houston, the Baylor University in Wace and the University of Texas in Austin. Voice studies with Dr. Joyce Parwell, Ena Thiessen, Gerard Souzay, Jeanette Lombard. ? Douglas Yates collaborated with many famous conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Christoph Eschenbach. ? Three times running proclaimed „Singer of the year“ ? Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award ? Winner of several other awards, e.g. the American Institute of Musical Studies Meistersinger Competition ? Guest lecturer at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and at the International Opera Studio in Zurich. ? Vocal manager at Operassion- responsible for the selection and professional coaching of all vocalists. ? Since 2005/06 establishing his own vocal academy „Vocal Arts“ in Fürth/Germany.


Opera highlights ranging from Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti to Mozart and Wagner. Sacred music like e.g. Händel´s oratorio „Messias“ or Mozart´s „Requiem“. A selection of lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, Paul Cooper and others. Highlights from musicals and spirituals. At his concerts Douglas Yates – usually accompanied on the piano by Eric Machanic, Fabian Dobler or Denette Whitter- delights his audience with a cross-section of several genres fully displaying his vocal talent and diversity.


? „A master of the nuance“...“met all expectations“...could entirely unfold his tremendous and beautiful baritone voice. (Süddeutsche Zeitung) ? Indeed, Yates´ expressive voice painted the most beautiful soundscapes. (Nordbayrische Nachrichten) ? And when Douglas Yates sang his last gospel the eyes of some deeply moved listeners involuntarily filled with tears. No doubt: this vocalist delivers a message. (Baumberger Zeitung /Westfalen) ? He possesses a strong baritone voice that sounds equally beautiful both in the pianissimo and the strong forte passages of the higher voices. (Fürther Nachrichten)

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