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Masterteachers 2016

Iain Burnside

Guest Professor for Lieder - Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt

KS Brigitte Fassbaender

Brigitte Fassbaender

Guest Professor for German and Italian Opera

Legendary mezzo-soprano, Brigitte Fassbaender, debuted at the age of 21 at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, which led to an international career spanning four decades in all areas of classical music. Showered with awards and honors worldwide, Ms. Fassbaender has always had a big heart for the next generation of singers. She is an important mentor known for supporting the careers of young singers. After retiring from the singing stage, she has now become a much sought-after stage director and has also acted as General Director of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck and the Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmish-Partenkirchen. We are very happy that Ms. Fassbaender will teach at the IMA.

Matthew Horner

Matthew Horner

Guest Professor for Career Development

Matthew Horner is one of the most highly respected managers today. He is Vice President and Artist Manager at IMG Artists New York. Matthew Horner's many years of representing top artists make him ideally suited to advise our young artists, both in repertoire choices and in career development.

Stephen King

Stephen King

Guest Professor for Voice

Stephen King is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Voice and Chair of Vocal Studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Additionally, he is Director of Vocal Instruction for the singers of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and is a member of the Artist Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. An internationally recognized teacher, Stephen King’s students sing on the major operatic and concert stages of the world, and he is sought out for his expertise in training singers.

Victoria Newlyn

Victoria Newlyn

Guest Professor of Directing

Victoria trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, and teaches movement and drama at Guildhall and at the Royal Academy of Music. Movement direction includes Rigoletto (Bucharest National Opera), Don Giovanni and La Traviata (Opera North, Leeds, UK), Die Walküre, The Rake’s Progress, Carmen and La Bohème (St Endellion Festival, Cornwall, UK), La Wally and Un ballo in maschera (Opera Holland Park, London), and The Little Green Swallow, Le nozze di Figaro and The Rape of Lucretia (British Youth Opera).Direction includes Atalanta (Cambridge Handel Opera), and Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera), and in 2015, Jonathan Dove’s community opera Tobias and the Angel.

Craig Terry

Craig Terry

Guest Professor for American Song

A native of Tullahoma, Tennessee, pianist Craig Terry has launched an international career performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry is in his eighth season as Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has recently been named Music Director of its Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Mr. Terry has performed with many esteemed singers.

Pierre Vallet

Guest Professor for French Repertoire

Stephen Wadsworth

Stephen Wadsworth

Guest Professor for Acting

Stephen Wadsworth is a preeminant American stage director and writer. He is known for stunning productions with opera houses such as - among others - the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe, Boston, Toronto, Covent Garden, La Scala and Seattle, where his Ring cycle was a triumph. Stephen Wadsworth is also known as an extraordinary educator, and is the head of Juilliard's "Artist Diploma in Opera Studies" (ADOS) and also teaches at the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera.

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Edith Wiens

Edith Wiens

Resident Professor for All Repertoire

After her long and illustrous career, Edith Wiens enjoys mentoring young singers. Many opera houses worldwide have engaged her students, who are equally at home in the concert world. She is a faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York, and is an affiliated teacher at the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as at the Curtis Institute of Music. She also gives masterclasses regularly at the Young Ensembles of the opera houses in Dresden, Oslo, Zurich, Montreal, Frankfurt and Munich, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and will give a masterclass at Chicago´s Ryan Center this spring. Prof. Wiens is the artistic director of the International Meistersinger Akademie, and during the entire residency, she will offer intensive training in interpretation, vocal technique and artistic development.

Dr. Brian Zeger

Brian Zeger

Guest Professor for All Repertoire

Brian Zeger is Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Department at the Juilliard School of Music, as well as the Executive Director of the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His recitals and recordings together with great singers such as Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Joyce di Donato, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, or Kiri te Kanawa have been much lauded. A brilliant educator, Dr. Zeger is known for his tremendous support of young artists.


Michael Hofstetter

Michael Hofstetter

Guest Conductor for the Operagala with the Munich Radio Orchestra

Michael Hofstetter is lauded for his close collaborations with emerging artists and has lead various operas at the Munich Theaterakademie. His career demonstrates his amazingly versatility. He is conductor of the Stuttgart Chamberorchestra, head of the Ludwigsburger Festspiele, and has conducted at major opera houses world-wide, including Munich, Hamburg, Barcelona, Berlin and Houston. Mr. Hofstetter is also renowned as a baroque specialist.

Head Coach

Tobias Truniger

Tobias Truniger

Tobias Truniger is the artistic director of the Young Ensemble of the Munich State Opera. His mastery of style and language in all repertoire has made him a beloved coach of many young professionals. Tobias Truniger has played recitals with Edith Wiens and Angelika Kirchschlager, and has toured the US with Stefan Loges, the winner of the Young Concert Artists Song Competition.

Language Coaches

Marcelo Amaral

Marcelo Amaral

All German repertoire

Marcelo Amaral is Professor of Lied at the Nuremburg University of Music. He has collaborated with young singers in Ravinia at the Steans Institute, Stuttgart at the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, and has given recitals in the Musikverein Vienna, in London's Wigmore Hall, in Berlin, as well as in New York. The New York Times praised him as “a superlative collaborator, with colorful, detailed and sensitive playing”.

Dr. Loretta Trinei

Loretta Trinei

Italian Diction

Loretta Trinei is a faculty member of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where she teaches all levels of Italian. She also coaches the singers of the Bavarian Theater Akademie in Italian repertoire.

Armin Zanner

Armin Zanner

German Diction & Poetry

Armin Zanner is Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London. Armin Zanner is also Artistic Director of the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien. His particular interest is in German song and its poetry.

Alexander Technique

Lori Schiff

Lauren Schiff

Lori Schiff is a full time faculty member at The Juilliard School. Ms. Schiff is an AmSAT certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1987. Her teaching engagements for the Alexander Technique have included the Lindemann Young Artists Program at the Metropolitan Opera, The Aspen Music Festival and School, the Maryland Opera Studio, the New World Symphony. Ms. Schiff has presented her work at national and international congresses for teachers of the Alexander Technique.


Michal Biel

Sophia Munoz

Sophie Munoz

Sophia is now a member of the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and is enjoying this multi-faceted experience deeply. A graduate of Mannes College the New School for Music in piano performance (May 2012), she also has her masters degree in collaborative piano. An avid chamber musician, repetiteur, and coach, Sophia has performed throughout the US, most recently as part of the YoungARTS’ Salute to the Presidential Scholars in the Arts at the Kennedy Center. She has attended numerous summer festivals and participated in masterclasses with artists such as Richard Goode, Margo Garrett, Vera Calabria, Vitaly Margulis, Eteri Anjerperidze, and Andrzej Jasinski. She is a piano student of Cristina Stanescu.

Benjamin Spa

Jonathan Ware

Jonathan Ware

In high demand as a chamber musician and Lied accompanist, pianist Jonathan Ware has recently appeared in venues including Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall. Jonathan Ware has given recitals internationally and was awarded the prestigious Pianist's Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall Song Competition. He is a coach at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Special event - "How to create your best look" with Michael Latus

We are extremely privileged to have the Yves Saint Laurent world-best National Make-up Artist of the Year (2014) Michael Latus come to us. He will individually work with each singer on how make-up can affect the impression onstage. Michael has worked for television and casting shows in Germany and France, as well as for some of the major German publications. We are delighted to include him in the faculty this year!