Gall, Jeffrey (Charles)

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Gall, Jeffrey (Charles)

Gall, Jeffrey (Charles), American countertenor;b. Cleveland, Sept. 19, 1950. He was educated at Princeton Univ. (B.A., 1972) and Yale Univ. (M.Phil., 1976), and received vocal instruction from Blake Stern (1972–75) and Arthur Burrows (1976–80). After singing with the Waverly Consort (1974–78), he made his debut in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1980. He sang at Milan’s La Scala (1981), the Edinburgh Festival (1982), the Lyric Opera in Chicago (1986), and the Santa Fe Opera (1986). On Sept. 27, 1988, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare. He appeared as Britten’s Oberon in Los Angeles in 1992. Following an engagement as Monteverdi’s Ottone in Cologne in 1993, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 1994 in Britten’s Death in Venice. In 1996 he sang Ottone at the Dallas Opera. He also appeared in roles in operas by Cesti, Purcell, Lully, Jommelli, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, and Mozart.

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