Breault, Tenor. Tenor Robert Breault
serves as the Director of Opera at the University of Utah and teaches
studio voice lessons. He also maintains an international performing career
that encompasses opera, oratorio, recital, and concert work. The San Francisco
Chronicle called his voice "a tenor of unwavering resonance."
The Washington Post noted, "Breault’s voice has a powerful character
with a sturdy range."
Highlights of Dr. Breault's concert career include over 350 performances
with many of the world's major orchestras including the San Francisco
Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony,
the Jerusalem Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, the
Hamilton Philharmonic, The London Philharmonia, L’Orchestre Métropolitain
du Grand Montréal, The Milwaukee Symphony, the Oregon Bach Festival, The
Florida Bach Festival, The Florida Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, National
Symphony of Taiwan, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among others.
Dr. Breault appears frequently as a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. In addition, he performs frequently
with the Utah Opera Company and Utah Symphony. Other opera appearances
include Atlanta Opera, Opera Pacific, Pensacola Opera, the Opera Orchestra
of New York, Opera Atelier, Michigan Opera Theatre, Madison Opera, Chautauqua
Opera, Opera Hamilton and Opera de Nice.
Recording credits include Laurent Petitgirard's World Premier recording
of "Elephant Man" with The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo,
Richard Smith’s "Mountain Requiem", Haydn's "Lord Nelson
Mass" with the Choeur St. Lawrence and Montreal Symphony, DeMars'
"American Requiem" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Berlioz'
"Requiem" with the Jerusalem Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle
Choir, and three volumes of Pachelbel's "Organ Works" as the
cantor with organist Marilyn Mason.
Dr. Breault serves as the head vocal coach for the International Children’s
Choir and has given master classes throughout North America. He holds
Doctorate and Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan. He earned
his Bachelor's Degree Magna Cum Laude from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin,
his native state. He was also a participant for two years in the San Francisco
Opera's Merola program and was awarded the company’s Karl Kritz Memorial
Prize. He has also won awards from the National Federation of Music Teachers,
the Maccabees Foundation, the National Academy of Arts and Letters, the
Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society, the National Council of New
York Metropolitan Opera Auditions, The MacAllister Awards, and the University
of Michigan. He was a national finalist in the 1992-6 Richard Tucker Competition.
In 1993, Dr. Breault won the Western Regional of the National Association
of Teachers of Singing Artists competition. He was awarded the Harvey
Ringel Award at the National Finals in Tampa. Dr. Breault is represented
by Thea Dispeker Management in New York City.
Festival editions: July 2003, July 2004.
Joan Caplan, graduate of Boston University. Has held
professorships at Boston and Oberlin conservatories and at the State University
of New York. Was artist in residence at Pennsylvania State University.
Three summer sessions on the faculty of Centro Studi Italiani , four with
the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, two with a vocal program which sent Korean
students to study in the United States. She served on the board of the
Amadeus Foundation. Published in the Tulsa Opera playbill an article endeavoring
to explain to a general audience the joys and perils of the bel canto
singer and in Classical Singer an article titled “The Art in Yourself.”
Gave several lectures for the Educational Department of the Metropolitan
Opera Guild. Teaches a course at Manhattan School of Music on a survey
of vocal recordings from 1907 to 1977. Her performances have included
works from Bach to Verdi and have included American premieres of works
from Johann Hasse and G. F. Handel to Hans Werner Henze. Appeared with
the New York State Theater, Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera Society,
and the Tanglewood Festival, among others. Some of the orchestras with
which she has performed include the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony,
and the Baltimore Symphony. She has sung under the batons of Aaron Copland
and Igor Stravinsky.
Festival editions: August 2000, August 2001.
||Daniel Carberg, tenor, holds degrees in Music Education
and Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and
has completed his doctorate from Indiana University's Early Music Institute.
Recently Dan has performed as a soloist with Piffaro, The Catacoustic Consort,
The Bath Street Studio, Baroque Artists of Champaign (BACH), and has been
featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today . Dan is also a founding
and current member of the internationally acclaimed Concord Ensemble. Other
credits include performances with the Santa Barbara Camerata Pacifica, Theatre
of Voices, The Pro Arte Singers, The Madison Early Music Festival, The Bloomington
Early Music Festival, The Berkeley Early Music Festival, and recording credits
include such labels as Dorian Records, Gothic Records, and Harmonia Mundi.
At Millikin University Dan teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal
performance seminar, and Medieval/Renaissance music history. Dan directs
a prestigious small vocal ensemble, Tudor Voices, and is also a music director,
conductor, and continuo player for the Millikin Opera Theatre. Past and
current projects include Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" , Mozart's
"Bastien and Bastienne" , and Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione
di Poppea" . Most recently Dan became a founding member of Millikin's
new faculty vocal ensemble for Medieval and Renaissance music, Gravitación,
whose debut album, Elements was released in the Fall of 2006.
Festival editions: July
Coleman, baritone: W. Dwight Coleman, lyric baritone, is currently
Coordinator of Voice and Opera at Georgia State University School of Music
in Atlanta. He is also the Artistic Director of the nationally recognized
Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Prior to Georgia State he was the Artistic
Teacher of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Mississippi
where his production of "The Saint of Bleecker Street" won the
1987 Opera Production Competition of the National Opera Association.
Maintaining an active performing career in opera, recital and oratorio,
Mr. Coleman has performed leading and secondary baritone roles with the
Atlanta Opera, Pensacola Opera, New Orleans Opera, Teatro di Verdi in
Bussetoo, Italy, Skylite Opera, Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, North
Carolina Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony. His roles include Sharpless
in "Madama Butterfly", Dr. Falke in "Die Fledermaus",
Silvio in "I Pagliacci", Valentin in "Faust", Germont
in "La Traviata", Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor",
Ping in "Turandot", Peter in "Hansel and Gretel" and
others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992 in "Ein Deutsches
Requiem" by Brahms with John Haberlen conducting. Two years later
he was featured as baritone soloist in "Five Mystical Songs"
by Vaughan Williams in Lincoln Center. Recent performances include "Chanson
Madecasses" by Ravel with the Musica da Camera in Atlanta and "Carmina
Burana" with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans.
Mr. Coleman's professional stage director credits include productions
in the original language of "La Boheme", "Le Nozze di Figaro",
"Carmen", "Madama Butterfly", "Don Pasquale",
"L'Elisir d'Amore", "Highway I U.S.A.", "Impresario"
and "Dialogues of the Carmelites". He has premiered three twentieth
century operas, "Workshop" by Charles Knox and Robert Gay, "Test
Tube" by Milton Granger and "Zabette" by Curtis Bryant
and Mary Bullard. In addition to numerous scenes recitals, his collegiate
full productions include "The Consul", "The Saint of Bleecker
Street", "The Marriage of Figaro", "The Dialogues
of the Carmelites", "Trial by Jury", "Talk Opera",
"The Proposal", "La Divina", "The Women",
"Brief Candle", "Tartuffe" and others.
His awards include: Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions
in Chicago, 1989; Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year; Finalist in the
Bel Canto Foundation competition in Italian Opera; 1996 Pro Mozart Society
competition to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, with Carlo
Bergonzi and Renata Tebaldi and the 1987 Opera Production Competition
of the National Opera Association.
He is currently the Vice President of Resources for the National Opera
Association and Vice President on the Executive Board of the State Chapter
on the National Association of Teachers. In addition, he is the State
Coordinator of the Mobile Opera Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition
and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Chapter, and the National Honorary
As a recitalist, Derrick Henry, the critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
states: "He grabbed one's attention immediately with his imposing,
resonant voice and his theatrical manner. What made his recital special
was the ability to make a listener identify with the texts' protagonists,
to feel their joys and sorrows.".
Festival editions: July 2002, July 2003, July 2004.
Gerald Crawford, Baritone, Professor of Singing; Director,
Division of Vocal Studies, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. B.M.
and M.M. degrees with a Performer's Certificate in Voice and Opera from
the Eastman School of Music. Five seasons with the New York City Opera;
operatic roles performed with several regional companies; soloist with
the Philadelphia Orchestra and many regional orchestras. Choirmaster,
Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church, Cleveland. Assistant professor of
music, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1966-74; Associate Professor
of Music, Western Illinois University, 1974-79; faculty member, Saratoga-Potsdam
Choral Institute, 1979-85. Co-director, Oberlin Vocal Academy for High-School
Students; co-founder, Oberlin Italian language and culture program, Urbania,
Italy. Recordings by Mercury, Crescent, Mark IV Records.
Festival editions: June 2000, June 2001, June 2002, June 2003, June
Edwards - Tenor Darryl Edwards enjoys a thriving career as an accomplished
singer and vocal teacher. He has appeared with critical acclaim in oratorio,
recital, and opera in England, Germany, France, Corsica, the United States,
and across Canada. His Canadian and American radio broadcasts include
works such as Britten’s "Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings",
Kodály’s "Psalmus Hungaricus", and Orff’s "Carmina Burana".
His performances have included engagements with the Montreal Symphony,
the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Symphony,
the Elora Festival Singers, the CBC-Vancouver Radio Orchestra, l’Orchestre
Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Bach Festival of Mulhouse, France, the
Whitehall Choir of London, the Toledo Symphonic Chorus, the Sinfonia da
Camera of Urbana, Illinois, the Heidelberg Bach-Chor, the Frankfurt Cecilien-Chor,
the Würzburg Bach-Chor, the Bavarian Chamber Opera, and the München Bachsolisten.
Critics have praised him as a "rich-voiced, cultured tenor who mastered
the high notes effortlessly" (Coburg Tageblatt, Germany, 2001), and
an "effective communicator who expressed the text with sensitivity
and fervour" (Hamilton Spectator, 2001).
His 2002-2003 engagements include Britten's "War Requiem" at
Canada’s National Arts Centre, Verdi's "Requiem" with the London
Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, the Mozart Requiem with Symphony Nova Scotia,
Orff's "Carmina Burana" with the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, Ruth
Watson's "The Last Straw" with the Toronto Children's Chorus,
Harry Somers’ "The Fool" with the Pierrot Ensemble of Ottawa,
and the role of Harlekin in Viktor Ullman’s "Der Kaiser von Atlantis"
in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
Dr. Edwards holds B.Mus., B.Ed. and M.Mus. degrees from the University
of Western Ontario, and a D.M.A. (Voice Performance) from the University
of Michigan. He is the Ontario District Governor of the National Association
of Teachers of Singing, and voice columnist for the Canadian Music Educator.
His voice students appear in leading roles with the Canadian Opera Company,
and other major companies across Canada and in Europe. He is an Assistant
Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto, where he teaches singers
in the B.Mus. and Mus.M. performance programs in Voice Studies and Opera.
Festival edition: July 2003.
a native of Wisconsin, first came to national attention as a finalist
in the 1985 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The New
York Times wrote of her participation “...if audience response could
have awarded a first prize Sunday afternoon, it would have gone to Julia
Faulkner, and she would have deserved it. Miss Faulkner sang with... a
creamy, clear and apparently effortless soprano sound.”
In the 1991/92 Season Miss Faulkner became a leading soprano at the Vienna
State Opera, where she was in residence until 1997. It was here that she
gained recognition throughout the world as a Strauss and Mozart singer
of the very first rank. Her many roles with the company included the title
roles of Arabella and Ariadne, the Marschallin in "Der Rosenkavalier",
the Countess in "Capriccio", the Countess in "Nozze di
Figaro", Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus", Donna Elvira in
"Don Giovanni", and Gutrune in "Gotterdammerung".
After extensive experience in Europe, she returned to America in 1994
to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Strauss’ "Arabella".
Of her performance the New York Times said: “Hers is a remarkably
warm and substantial soprano, accurate across the whole range, varied
and characterful in tone. Among many fine expressive details, her tone
of contented surrender in Act II (“und du wirst mein Gebieter sein”) stays
in the memory.” Miss Faulkner’s Concert and recording career is equally
distinguished and has included engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic,
L.A. Philharmonic under Salonen, the Cleveland Orchestra under Dohnanyi,
the Concergebouw under Chailly, the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson-Thomas,
the Minnesota Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate and the Dresdener Staatskapelle
under Giuseppi Sinopoli. Two of her recordings, Pergolesi’s "Stabat
Mater" on the Naxos label, and Schumann’s "Das Paradies und
die Peri" under Sinopoli on Deutsche Grammophon have been widely
praised in the International press. Of her Alice in a recent Naxos recording
of Verdi’s "Falstaff" it was said: “.... Most notable was the
lightly scheming, even-voiced, soul-of-the-party Alice of Julia Faulkner,
whose Italian is so idiomatic you’d hardly know she wasn’t native born."
She has remained on the Met roster since 1997, and took part in "Der
Rosenkavalier" during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2001 tour to Japan
. She returned for the 2001-2002 season to sing the Voice of the Falcon
in the Met’s new production of "Die Frau Ohne Schatten". Julia
Faulkner holds both Bachelor and Master's degrees in Voice Performance
from Indiana University, and has maintained a private voice studio throughout
her career. Her students have won numerous awards and are singing worldwide
on Opera, Concert and Music Theatre stages.
Ruth Golden was leading soprano with
the New York City Opera from 1985 to 1991, and is currently director of
vocal studies at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. While
adding 31 of the 50 United States to her itinerary, Miss Golden appeared
internationally with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Orchestra
Pasdeloup in Paris, Chartres, and Rheims, the Prague Philharmonic in Prague,
and the Orchestra Royale of Madrid in both Madrid and Lisbon. From 1995
to 2001, Miss Golden appeared as artist/faculty with Martin Katz and Graham
Johnson at Songfest, hosted in Southern California. She has also served
as artist/master teacher in concerts and master classes throughout South
Korea, as well the U.S. at the Julliard School, Indiana University, McGill
University, The Chautauqua Institution, Belmont University with Regina
Resnik Presents, Hebrew Union College, and the University of California,
Irvine during the John Harbison Residency. As a member of the Koch International
Classics family of distinguished recording artists, Miss Golden's discography
includes works of Delius, Warlock, Vaughan-Williams, Rodrigo, and Barber.
Also recorded for Koch is a disc of songs by Erich Korngold with pianist
Dalton Baldwin. During the past few seasons, she has worked with over
2000 high school students in New York, in clinics and master classes sponsored
by New York OffStage. Miss Golden served on the panel for the 1999 Poulenc
Plus Competition, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the PBS telecasts
of the 1997-99 MacAllister Opera Awards, and served three seasons on the
panel for the Jenny Lind Awards. Miss Golden is an active member of the
adjudicating panel for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Festival edition: June 2004.
Cecilia Mieko Hata. Born in Tokyo, Japan,
she initially began studying classical dance and traditional Japanese
dance. As a child soprano she appeared in the operas “Yuuzuru”, “Carmen”
and “ Sogno d’estate”.
During secondary school she developed an interest in singing and began
studying at a music school for singing where she received a prize for
oriental Japanese singing.
In 1968 she won third prize at the 4th “Italo-Giapponese” competition.
She then continued her studies in Italy at the conservatorium “A.Boito”
in Parma, where she studied Italian opera and early music under E. Campogalliani.
She completed her diploma in 1971 and continued with advanced studies
at “L’Accademia Virginiana” in Mantova where she specialised in Italian
opera and the technical traditions of classical singing.
Ms. Hata has worked with R. Scotto and C. Gallico concentrating on the
music from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth centuries. She has also studied
with A. Sollegina and E. Furlotti.
In 1976 she founded a duo for voice and guitar with repertoire covering
a multitude of styles including Italian music, Japanese song, Spanish
song and German Lied. She has appeared as soloist in Japan and has been
involved in many performance projects including “Italia in Giappone 2001”.
She is a professor of singing at the University of the Arts in Nagoya
and teaches privately in Nagoya and Tokyo. At present she is planning
a course for advanced Japanese singers with Italian singers and teachers.
In September 2004 she will be the artistic director for a course in Urbania,
Italy, at the “Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival”, for Japanese and
Korean singers, on the art of singing in Italian. The course is titled
“LINGUA E LIRICA ITALIANA”.
Festival edition: September 2004.
Cynthia Hoffman is
a member of the voice faculties of Manhattan School of Music, where she
also teaches a class in vocal performance, and The Juilliard School, where
she has served as chairperson since l995. She directed the Judith Raskin
Opera Class at the 92nd Street Y School of Music from 1984–92 and has
been a summer voice faculty member of the American Institute of Musical
Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; the International Institute of Vocal
Arts in Chiari, Italy; the Yong Pyong Music Festival in Korea; the Bowdoin
Music Festival in Maine; the Centro Studi Italiani program in Urbania,
Italy; the Aria International program; and the University of Miami School
of Music program in Salzburg, Austria.
Ms. Hoffmann has presented master classes at colleges and universities
across the United States, including several for various regions of the
National Association of the Teachers of Singing; the AIMS program; the
University of Miami (Ohio and Florida); the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music; and recently for the University of Southern California, Chapman
College, and the University of Redlands. She has been a frequent master
teacher for the Voice Foundation's symposia on the care of the professional
voice. She has also been a recitalist and master teacher at Kang Nung
University in Kang Nung, Korea. Ms. Hoffmann maintains a professional
voice studio in New York City. Her students have appeared with the Metropolitan
and New York City operas, as well as with other major opera companies
in the U.S. and abroad, including those in Berlin, Chicago, Covent Garden,
Glyndebourne, Houston, and Los Angeles; as well as Paris, San Francisco,
Santa Fe, Seattle, Zurich and Wolf Trap. Her students have been winners
of Metropolitan Opera National Council awards; Richard Tucker Foundation
study grants; Sullivan, George London and Puccini Foundation grants; the
Joy in Singing award recital; the Marilyn Horne Foundation recital awards
“On Wings of Song”; the Belvedere Competition; and the Placido Domingo
Ms. Hoffmann received her academic degrees from the University of Redlands
and Columbia University, with professional study at the University of
Southern California. Her coaches have included Hugues Cuenod, Judith Raskin,
Gerard Souzay, Ralf Gothoni, Robert Evans, and Martin Katz. She has studied
voice with Margaret Schaper, Vera Rozsa, Margaret Harshaw, Beverley Peck
Johnson, Daniel Ferro, Oren Brown, and Larra Browning. She has also participated
in the professional acting classes of Sanford Meisner, the former director
of the Neighbourhood Playhouse, and Wynn Handman, and director of the
American Place Theater. Ms.Hoffmann has studied the Alexander Technique
for more than 15 years and considers it an important part of her work.
She has studied and completed one year of teacher training under Ann Rodiger
and has also worked with Troup Matthews, Misha Magidov, Marjorie Barstow,
Richard Levine, Judah Catalan, and Laurie Schiff.
Ms. Hoffmann has been heard in recital and opera on both the East and
West coasts.She has also appeared in several Off-Broadway plays. She has
recorded for the Vanguard Label and has been heard on radio and television
in Boston and New York, as well as on NBC Television in Los Angeles. Ms.
Hoffmann lives in New York City and Carversville, Pennsylvania, with her
husband, John Ditsler, a lawyer and avid music lover.
Ms. Hoffmann received an honorary doctorate in music from the University
of Redlands in 2002.
Festival edition: August 2001.
Ava June has
had an illustrious career as one of England's leading sopranos, spanning
more than 25 years. She worked with many celebrated conductors including
Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras,
Sir John Pritchard, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Charles
Groves, James Lockhart, David Atherton, Mark Elder, Richard Armstrong
and Steuart Bedford.
She was a principal soprano with Sadlers Wells Opera Company from 1956-1963
and a company principal with English National Opera from 1970-1983. She
also sang regularly with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Scottish
Opera and Welsh National Opera, as well as in France, Germany, Belgium,
former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Russia, Bulgaria and the USA. She made
many broadcasts for BBC TV and Radio, and recordings of "La Traviata",
"The Bartered Bride" and "The Turn of the Screw".
Her wide repertoire embraced many of the operatic heroines such as Mozart's
Pamina, Countess, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira and Ilia; Verdi's Violetta,
Elisabetta and Aida; Puccini's Mimi, Cio-Cio San and Tosca; Wagner's Eva,
Freia, Sieglinde and Gutrune, as well as Leonora (Fidelio), Agathe (Der
Freischutz), Micaela (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), Nedda (Pagliacci),
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Judith (Duke
Bluebeard's Castle), and the title role Katya Kabanova.
She worked with Joan Cross who was her teacher of singing at the London
Opera School (later to become the National Opera Studio) and became well
known as an interpreter of most of the Benjamin Britten roles which Joan
Cross created: Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Elizabeth (Gloriana), Lady
Billows (Albert Herring) and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw).
Ava June studied singing from the age of 16 with Kate Opperman. She later
studied with Clive Carey, Dame Eva Turner and Denis Dowling. Her prizes
include the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 1963 International Competition
for Young Opera Singers in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 1983, she started to coach young professionals at ENO and to teach
young singers. She worked at Morley College, the Royal College of Music
and Trinity College of Music until in 1985 she joined the staff of the
Royal Northern College of Music where she has been a Professor for fourteen
years. She also taught singing for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
between 1986 and 1988.
Since 1999 Ava June has been coaching operatic roles with students at
the Royal Northern College of Music. After her successful debut as producer
of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" for the Wilmslow Opera Company
in 1997, she returned the following year to produce La Traviata and in
1999 produced Nabucco for the same opera company.
More recently, she has given masterclasses for the Wagner Society and
the National Opera Studio and has adjudicated for the Britten/Pears school
and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Ava June continues
to teach privately and returned to Bulgaria to adjudicate the International
Singing competition in 2000. Throughout 2001, Ava June has been involved
in masterclasses and coaching operatic roles with groups from the Royal
Northern College of Music, National Opera School Studio, and Clonter Opera
Theatre. She has also performed for Sky TV and in concert in the USA.
In 1999 Ava June became a Member of the Board of the Carl Rosa Company
where she is involved with fund-raising and education projects and in
December 2000, she directed Die Fledermaus for the Carl Rosa Opera Company.
From 2000, she has been directing a choir of senior citizens for the University
of the Third Age. Ava now teaches at Canterbury, Christ Church University
one day a week where she works in particular with very young singers.
In 2002 she is also teaching at Centro Studi Italiani Opera festival in
Festival Editions: September 2002.
Matthew Leese, Baritone, is fast becoming known
as a versatile baritone, voice teacher and director, specializing in early
music, art song and opera. He has founded three critically acclaimed ensembles,
the 'Otago Camerata', 'the bath street studio' and most recently Millikin
University's early music ensemble 'Gravitación'. Extensive performing
experience includes numerous recital and oratorio credits, as well as
lead roles in 'Dido and Aeneas', 'l'Euridice', 'Venus and Adonis', 'Cephale
et Procris', 'The Tide' and 'The Telephone'. In New Zealand Matthew has
premiered the contemporary roles of Frank in 'Outrageous Fortune' by Gillian
Whitehead and Man in 'The Trapeze Artists' by Anthony Ritchie. Other ensemble
experience includes work with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana,
Ensemble Lipzodes and Fenix de los Ingenios. Matthew holds the MM in Early
Music from Indiana University, a GPDip (Distinction) in Historical Performance
from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge and a MusBHons from the University
of Otago in New Zealand. He serves on the Voice and Opera faculty at Millikin
Festival Editions: July 2006.
Daune Mahy, Professor of Singing at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has
appeared frequently with opera companies and orchestras in the Midwest
and the East, including Opera Omaha, the Kentucky Opera Association, the
St. Louis Municipal Opera, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Akron Symphony
and the Buffalo Philharmonic. She made her New York Recital debut in 1984
at Merkin Concert Hall. Ms. Mahy was the soprano soloist in a nationally
syndicated radio broadcast of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem"
marking the 20th anniversary of that work's first performance, and in
1982 she made a highly acclaimed recital tour of Spain. In 1997 she performed
the Oberlin premier of George Walker's 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning composition
"Lilacs" for soprano and orchestra. Ms. Mahy has concertized in Germany,
France, and Italy. She holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and
Indiana University. She is the Director of the
Oberlin in Italy Program.
Festival editions: June 2000, June 2001, June 2002, June 2003, June
Associate Professor of Singing Associate Director of the Otto B. Schoepfle
Vocal Arts Center.
Education: B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1975; M.M., University of Michgan,
1977. Additional studies as a doctoral fellow at the University of Texas
Teachers and Master Classes: Elizabeth Mannion, Elisabeth Mosher, Jan
DeGaetani, Adele Addision, Gerhard Hüsch, Gerard Souzay, Flor Wend, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf, Eugene Bossart, David Garvey.
Performances: Orchestral, oratorio, chamber music, recitals, operatic
performaces, and appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin,
conductor; Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival,
Shreveport Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Walker Arts Center,
the Bach Festival Society (Michigan), Round Top Festival, Santa Barbara
Symphony, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Tour of Japan, Hawaii,
and Seattle with Inoue Chamber Ensemble. Member, NATS. Former faculty
member, St. Olaf College (1977-82), University of California (1987-93).
Recordings: Recording on the CRI label.
Radio: National Public Radio.
Putnam - Miss Putnam made her debut with the New York City Opera
as Violetta (La Traviata) and has sung with all the major international
opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Staatsoper,
Covent Garden Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the
Santa Fe Opera. She has also been guest soloist with the major symphony
orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony,
Los Angeles Symphony and the Montreal Symphony. In recital she has been
heard with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center. At the invitation of Presidents Carter and
Reagan she has performed in concert at the White House.
She joined the voice faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in 2001
and has served on the voice faculties at the Eastman School of Music,
DePaqul University. She also maintains her private voice studio in New
Festival edition: August 2003.
Marlene Ralis Rosen - Associate Professor of Singing.
B.Mus.Ed., Temple University; M.M., University of Illinois. Teachers and
coaches: Richard Miller, Helen Hodam, Margaret Hoswell, Dalton Baldwin,
Hugues Cuenod, Yolanda Marculescu, Gerard Souzay and Paul Ulanovsky. Winner:
Rossana M. Enlow Award for Voice; Metropolitan Opera regional auditions.
Opera Performances: Wildwood Center (Little Rock, Arkansas)-Don Giovanni
(Donna Anna), Tosca, Turn of the Screw (Mrs. Grosse); New York Opera Project-Tosca.
Recitals: New York Debut Recital, Merkin Hall; Performance with The Quintet
of The Americas , Merkin Hall; Institute of Vocal Pedagogy (Oberlin);
University of Illinois; Cleveland Art Museum; Milwaukee Performing Arts
Center; various colleges and universities. Soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonic,
Milwaukee Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Brazilian
Festival Orchestra, University of Evansville Oratorio Society, Canton
Symphony and New Music Associates of Cleveland. Numerous premieres and
performances with the Plum Creek Chamber Ensemble, the Quintet of the
Americas, the Fischer Duo and the Ensemble Pierrot; recitals with pianists
Benton Hess and Russell Miller, recitals in Germany, Holland, Finland
and Beijing, China. Collaborations with Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, John
Harbison, Luciano Berio and John Cage. Former faculty member: University
of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Wisconsin College/Conservatory of Music; Western
Reserve Academy; University of Evansville; Kenyon College; Eastman Conservatory
of Music. Recordings for Bayerische Rundfunk and CD with Cleveland Chamber
Orchestra on Albany label. (Appointed 1989)
Festival editions: June 2000, June 2001, June 2003.
Siena, Tenor: Jerold Siena is a tenor of international acclaim
who has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, and the world's
leading opera houses, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie in
Brussels, The Bayerische Staatsoper, Rome Opera, New York City Opera and
Teatro di San Carlo of Naples. He has appeared under such conductors as
James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Andre Previn, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta,
Robert Shaw, James Conlon, George Szell, and Erich Leinsdorf. Stage directors
with whom Professor Siena has collaborated include Franco Zeffirelli,
Harold Prince, Jonathan Miller, Frank Corsaro and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
In concert and oratorio he has appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra,
Boston Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, the Bach Festivals of Carmel,
Bethlehem and Baldwin Wallace and with the National Symphony of Washington.
He has performed over 30 different recital programs and has sung important
premiers of works by Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem and Dominick Argento.
Before coming to the University of Illinois, Professor Siena held professorships
at the University of Arizona and the Yale School of Music. Professor Siena
is recognized internationally as a master teacher who teaches each summer
in Salzburg, Austria and Urbania, Italy. He is much in demand for master
classes, which he has presented for the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program,
the American Opera Center of Chicago Lyric Opera and Westminster Choir
College. Several of his students appear regularly at the Metropolitan
Opera, New York City Opera and major opera and concert venues around the
world. Professor Siena is a 2004 recipient of a College of Fine and Applied
Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Festival editions: July 2002, July 2004.
Kent Smith - The American baritone, Kent Smith has performed,
and continues to perform throughout the Unites States in a varied repertoire
which includes much of the standard repertoire (Così Fan Tutte, La Boheme,
Die Fledermaus, L'Heure Espagnole) as well as several modern works (Trouble
in Tahiti, Black Water, Six Characters in Search of an Author).
Mr. Smith is a native of Parkersburg, WV, and has appeared in opera, operetta,
musical theatre, and on the concert stage with companies such as Opera
Festival of New Jersey, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Opera
at Florham, American Music Theatre Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, The
National Opera Company, New York City Opera, Stamford Symphony Orchestra,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was
part of the acclaimed national tour of the Tony Award Winning Play, Master
Class, as well as performing the same play with TheatreWorks in the Bay
area, both of which he was Musical Director.
This past season, he made his Carnegie Hall Debut and will sing with the
Syracuse Symphony and West Virginia Symphony in 2003. He has served on
the voice faculties at Princeton University and Hunter College (NYC) and
joins the Summer Voice Faculty at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming
Festival editions: August 2000, August 2001, August 2002, August 2003.
Vittucci. Born in New York, he
graduated Magna cum Laude from the Eastman School of Music and completed
his Masters Degree in Voice at the University of Michigan. At both universities
he was nominated for the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society. A Rotary Foundation
International Fellowship furthered his studies at the Hochschule für Musik
in Vienna with Anton Dermota and Gerhard Kahry, receiving his Diploma
in Lied and Oratorio. During this time he was the recipient of both a
Fulbright Fellowship and a scholarship from the Vienna Ministry of Science
and Research. He was trained intensively in the Feldenkrais Method® and
received official license as a Practitioner in 1995 by the International
He has performed in all of the major concert halls of Vienna as a soloist
with orchestra with many well known conductors (Luciano Berio, Lothar
Zagrosek, Erwin Ortner). He has performed and recorded with the "Josef
Mertin Early Music Ensemble", and "Klangforum", which have
been transmitted by the Austrian Radio (ORF).
He has performed leading roles in various opera productions of Vienna
such as Monteverdi`s "Orfeo", and " Il combattimento di
Tancredi e Clorinda" , Mozart`s "L'Oca del Cairo", and
a world premiere of "Und all seine Mörder" in Vienna's Künstlerhaus.
He made his debut as a soloist at the Salzburg Music Festival in 1985,
performing in the opera "St. Francis of Assisi" by Olivier Messiaen,
with the composer present. The cast included Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Robert Tear and Kenneth Riegel. This performance has recently been released
on CD and was reviewed by the New York Times, in which critic Paul Griffiths
wrote "Sebastian Vittucci makes a special, beautiful moment of Brother
Bernard's prayer to Francis not to die."
Further CD recordings include the opera "Die Blinden" by Beat
Furrer, commissioned by the Vienna State Opera.
In 1995 he sang the Vienna premiere performance of a song cycle by Mauricio
Kagel with the composer present at the University of Vienna.
Over the past ten years he has received much recognition as a teacher
of singing as several of his students have enjoyed much international
success in both opera and musicals. Several of his students have won international
For six years he served as Head of Vocal Studies at the Conservatory of
Vienna (Konservatorium Wien) and in 2003 was appointed University Professor
of Voice at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts (former
Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien). His approach is a unique
combination of Bel Canto singing principles combined with specifically
designed exercises based on strategies of the Feldenkrais Method®. He
developed and taught the course "Feldenkrais for Singers” at the
February and August 2004.
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