Baritone Reg Huston is joining Peninsula Reviews’ staff of guest reviewers and will be reviewing vocal, choral and opera events in Monterey County and the Central California Coast.
Before I met Reg twenty five years ago, I had heard him in several opera productions in which his makeup, body language and superb acting skills so submerged him in the roles he was singing, I would not have recognized him if I passed him on the street. This is a testament to his superb skills â€” in “Don Giovanni” he became Leporello. In “Fiddler on the Roof” he absolutely was Tevye.
After receiving aÂ M.Mus degree at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Reg appeared at the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley in “Don Giovanni.” Thus began his extended career leading summer seminars and other youth events at Hidden Valley, and participating in opera studies in Europe.
Reg says about his career, “Through Hidden Valley, I was accepted for master classes with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. After establishing a lovely rapport, she invited me to participate in the Salzburg Mozarteum, the summer school that runs concurrently with the Mozart Festival in Salzburg. We did a production of “The Marriage of Figaro” there in which she was the vocal coach and Peter Ustinov was the director. It was a phenomenal experience.”
All of this led to a two-year contract with the Hamburg Opera where Reg sang “Figaro” and other roles. Wanting to raise his son in the USA, he returned to California and took a position with Youth Music Monterey, where he was in charge of programs for six years.
Reg Huston had been a soloist with all the major choral ensembles in the area and has over 50 roles under his belt in opera, oratoro and musical theater combined.
We welcome Reg Huston!
Editor, Peninsula Reviews.