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Having retired from performing in public, I spend precious and pleasant hours bathed in the joys of music by composing as by listening and learning from our masters. It has been a privilege and joy to work with so many fine colleagues, for which I am most grateful.

As Tristan with Luana DeVol as Isolde - Staatstheater Braunschweig

A part time resident of both southern California and Berlin, Bachlund has been a guest artist at Frankfurt Oper (in Frankfurt and on tour to Israel), Oper Köln (in both Köln and on tour in Japan), Oper Braunschweig, Pfalztheater, Staatstheater Kassel, Teatro Filharmonico (Arena di Verona), Teatro Regio, Oper Graz and principal guest artist the Metropolitan Opera, since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1986, as well as with LA Opera, Florentine Opera, Tulsa Opera, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Washington Opera, Royal Opera (de la Monnaie), Royal Opera (Antwerpen), Royal Opera de Wallonie (Liège), Opera de Paris (Bastille), Opera de Nancy et de Lorainne, Opera de Montpellier, Teatro Real (Madrid), and Teatro Municipal (Santiago), Welsh National Opera, Scottish National Opera, Edmonton Opera, L'Opera de Montreal, and Opera New Zealand.

As the Chevalier de la Force with Dawn Upshaw as Blanche - Metropolitan Opera

Roles include the title roles of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, and Parsifal, as well as Siegmund (Die Walküre), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Loge and Froh (Das Rheingold); Strauss' Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Aegisth (Elektra); Florestan (Fidelio), the title role in Der König Kandaules, Don José (Carmen), Enée (Les Troyens), Jimmy (Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny), Dimitrij (Boris Godunow in the original edition), Le Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Agrippa (The Fiery Angel), Rudolph Valentino (The Dream of Valentino), Enzo (La Gioconda).

As Tristan with Carol Yahr as Isolde - Hawaii Opera Theater

He has worked with conductors James Levine, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Edo de Waart, Bernhard Kontarsky, Kent Nagano, John Mauceri, Joseph Silverstein, Lawrence Foster, Sylvan Cambreling, Friedrich Pleyer, Christoph Perick, John Cage, Ivan Törzs, Anton Guadagno, Joseph Resigno, Anton Nanut, Marcus Bosch, Enoch zu Gutenberg, Gustav Meier, Lior Shambadal, Zoltan Kocsis, Roberto Paternostro, Carol Crawford, Dean Byron, and Stefan Minde, as well as pops concerts with John Green, Harry Rabinowitz and Lucas Richman.

As Siegmund with Johanna Meier as Brünhilde - Florentine Opera

Noted stage directors with whom he has worked include Werner Herzog, Michael Hampe, Herbert Wernicke, Jean-Claude Berutti, Birgitte Fassbaender, Karen Stone, Götz Friedrich, Michael Leinert, Ulrich Peters, Wolfram Mehring, Juha Hemànus, Rudolf Nolte, Lutz Selig, John Cage, Graham Vick, Giles Havergal, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Peter Mussbach and Henry Akina.

Don José with Agnes Baltsa as Carmen - Teatro Municipal

He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl, the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Opera Orchestre de Lyon, Festival de Radio France, Orchestre de la Monnaie, Tokyo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, VARA Radio Symphony at the Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Oper Orchester at the Jerusalem Festival, Kölner Philharmonie, Orchester Stadttheater Aachen, Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, Capella Istropolitana, Budapest Spring Festival, Cincinnati May Festival, Monterey Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, Los Angeles County Art Museum Series, and Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal.

As Enée with Grace Bumbry as Cassandra, and Pier Luigi Pizzi - Opera de Paris

His vocal study was with Dorothy Fries at Immaculate Heart College (BA, 1968). Coaching with Jack Metz, Martial Singher (Music Academy of the West) and Walter Taussig (Metropolitan Opera). Vocal awards have included the Debut Award and First Prize from the Young Musicians Foundation, and the Frank Sinatra Auditions First Prize as classical vocalist.

Tannhäuser - Opéra Royal de la Wallonie

A native of Los Angeles and resident of Berlin, Germany, Bachlund has also studied composition, theory, aesthetics and music education in parallel with his performing career, served for some years as composer-in-residence at All Saints Church, Pasadena, since 1992, and created many choral works, almost all with ecumenical themes drawn from biblical sources; he has written liturgical music for the synagogue as well, also serving several synagogues as well as churches as Cantor.

Tannhäuser - Pfalzstheater

In the midst of a career as singer travelling internationally, he earning his Masters Degree (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) in composition from University of California, Los Angeles, composing both poetic texts and the musical setting for an ecumenical Requiem for the Victims of AIDS (1991) which has been performed from Los Angeles to New York, and a large scale organ symphony titled The Jerusalem Windows (1993) on Jewish and art themes found in Marc Chagall's stained glass of the same name (the stained glass may be seen in the Hadassah Synagogue in Jerusalem). These works were debuted at All Saints Church by Timothy Howard and James Walker, as well as a double Concerto grosso in B major for harpsichord, organ and chamber orchestra (1997) which was debuted by them jointly for the American Guild of Organists and is dedicated to them both

Tristan und Isolde - Florentine Opera

He has written over 1,200 art songs as well as other choral and chamber works.  His European debut as composer was in June 1996 with two chamber works, Daphne and Apollo and Les Femmes de Toulouse-Lautrec, ballet works conducted by Lior Shambadal and the chamber ensemble of the Pfalztheater, Kaiserslautern. A commission from Pacific Serenades was for a chamber work, An Echo from the Shore, based on late texts of Walt Whitman and scored for soprano, oboe, violin, violoncello and harpsichord.

Bachlund has studied theory and composition privately with Eugene Zador, as well as with Dorrance Stalvey at Immaculate Heart College and at UCLA with Roger Bourland, Roy Travis, Ian Krouse, Elaine Barkin, and Paul Reale, and music education and aesthetics with Abraham Schwadron and Maurice Gerow. Additionally he studied choral conducting with Roger Wagner and orchestral conducting with Mehli Mehta. He has taught at the Musical Theater Workshop of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and the American Center for Musical Theater in Los Angeles, as well as master classes as guest faculty internationally. 

 

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