Following an active career in opera and concert, Joan Caplan has become a highly respected voice teacher in New York City. Prior to that she was appointed to professorships at the Boston and Oberlin Conservatories. Miss Caplan was Artist in Residence at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at Pennsylvania State University. Summer program affiliates have been the Israel Vocal Arts Institute and Centro Studi Italiani. She also has participated in a summer vocal studies program with students from Korea.
She has published several articles, including one for the Tulsa Opera Playbill explaining to a general audience the joys and perils of the bel canto singer, which was called “From the Other Side of the Curtain.” Another article, published by Classical Singer Magazine, was called “The Art in Yourself.” She has given and participated in lectures for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department, and teaches a course on the history of vocal recordings from 1905-1975.
For 10 years Ms. Caplan served on the board of the Amadeus Foundation.
Performances included: American premiers of Hans Werner Henze’s Die Bassarids (Santa Fe Opera) and Johann Hasse’s L’Olimpiade(Clarion Concerts), as well as appearances with Chautauqua Opera, Dallas Opera, Lake George Opera, NBC Opera, New York City Opera, Miami Opera, Kansas City Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera Society.
The mezzo soprano’s other performances included appearances at Tanglewood, and with Bach Festivals at Carnegie Hall, Lindsborg Kansas, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She also appeared at the Caramoor Festival, Mostly Mozart and a Stravinsky celebration in Saratoga. She has sung under the baton of composers Igor Stravinsky, Hans Werner Henze and Aaron Copland.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2006.