Ken Leighton 8 a.m., Jan. 18
Sound description: Operatic
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Influences: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioacchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Hector Berlioz, Giuseppe Verdi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Giacomo Puccini, Claude Debussy
Musicologist and voice coach Ron Shaheen is a professor at the University of San Diego who teaches the fundamentals of music, music appreciation, and music history. He researches the lives and work of various composers in order to flesh out the inspiration behind their compositions and how the music related to their own historical eras. He works with the San Diego Opera to offer pre-performance presentations detailing histories specific to those operas and the time period during which they were conceived and originally staged.