Professor of Voice
B.S. in History, California Polytechnic University
D.M.A., M.M. University of Washington, Seattle
Timothy Mussard is one of America's most distinguished Heldentenors with a lengthy opera career which has taken him throughout the world in roles such as Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Lohengrin in Lohengrin, Eric in Der Fliegender Hollander, Tannhäuser in Tannhäuser, Florestan in Fidelio, Radames in Aida, Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Canio in Pagllacci, Stiffelio in Stiffelio, and Don Carlos in the French version of Don Carlos. Last year, Mussard was awarded the Prix Lauritz Melchior by the Academie Du Disque Lyrique at the Bastille Opera House in Paris. This prestigious international award recognized Mussard as the outstanding Heldentenor commercially recorded in the year 2009. His performances and recording of Götterdämmerung were admired by critics around the world.
"The scale of the role is honored... the heroic character is there, too... he conveys a shining memory of his love. The final notes of this Siegfried here are magnificent." -- Anacluse (France)
"Mussard gets through the role admirably. He's full of swagger in the early scenes, suitably nave in the second act and is urgent and moving in his death scene." -- Musical Criticism (UK)
"Lyrical and ardent... a glorious end to the first Australian recording of Der Ring des Nieblungen" -- The Age (Australia)
Mussard earned his Doctorate in Vocal Performance Practice at the University of Washington in 1985. While maintaining an active singing career, he also was appointed Full Professor at UCLA as head of the voice department for almost 20 years. Mussard also travels extensively to teach master classes from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to the National University of Korea at Seoul and Pusan. In 2003, Mussard joined the faculty at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music as Professor of Voice. Some of Dr. Mussard's students' successes include principal roles in the NY, LA, and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera, Lyric Soprano with NYC Opera, Tenor with Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala, NYC Richard Tucker Award, Marilyn Horne Award, and numerous other honors and placements. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of BW's Wagner Intensive.