KS Brigitte Fassbaender
Guest Professor for German and Italian Opera
Legendary mezzosoprano 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.
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.
Guest Professor of Song
Malcolm Martineau is the renowned musical partner of singers such as Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham. He has played recitals in all the important venues from Wigmore Hall to Carnegie Hall. Malcolm Martineau gives master classes the world over, and is a faculty member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Guest Professor for Career Development
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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 continues to perform with many esteemed singers, among them Joyce diDonato and Stephanie Blythe.
Guest Professor for Coaching French and Italian Repertoire
French conductor Pierre Vallet is renowned throughout the world for his superb musicianship, which has led him to work regularly with the world’s foremost opera houses. Pierre is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors. He has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts. A committed educator, Pierre Vallet has been a regular visitor to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Wolf Trap Opera company, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Pierre studied conducting and the theory of phenomenology in music with Sergiu Celibidache, and piano in Paris and London.
Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Edith Wiens
Resident Professor for All Repertoire
After her long and illustrous career, Edith Wiens enjoys mentoring young singers. Opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Covent Garden London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Munich Opera 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. She also gives masterclasses regularly at the Young Ensembles of the opera houses in Oslo, Zurich, Montreal, Frankfurt and Munich, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College in London. Edith 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.
Guest Conductor for the Operagala with the Nürnberg Symphony
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.
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.
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”.
Born in Oklahoma, pianist Sophia Munoz is finishing her second year in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She received her MM(2014) and BM(2012) from Mannes College the New School for Music where she studied with Cristina Stanescu. This summer she joins Eppaner Liedsommer and Internationale Meistersinger Akademie(2016, 2015, 2013) as staff pianist. In the fall she will join the Metropolitan Opera’s music staff for their production of L’Italiana in Algieri. Recent projects and performances include concerts in the Park Avenue Armory, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society’s series, the Lindemann Young Artists Recital Series; repetiteur for MET+Juilliard production of Iphigénie en Aulide(2015), repetiteur for Opera on the Avalon’s La Bohème(2014), repetiteur/orchestral pianist/coach for the New York premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino(2014) and repetiteur and harpsichord in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims(2013) both with Mannes Opera. Sophia has performed throughout the US and Europe, and is a lover of interdisciplinary collaboration, often working with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ YoungARTS division. She has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Richard Goode, Ken Noda, Malcolm Martineau, Felicity Lott, John Fisher, James Morris, Renata Scotto, Stephanie Blythe, Sherrill Milnes, Brigitte Fassbender, Margo Garrett, Kayo Iwama, Vera Calabria, Vitaly Margulis, Eteri Anjerperidze, and Andrzej Jasinski.
Chris Reynolds is an American pianist who enjoys both solo and collaborative work. He is a student at the Juilliard School where he studies with Julian Martin, JJ Penna, and Margo Garrett. Recent engagements include those with the New York Festival of Song and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and Caramoor. He was been a fellow at both the Aspen Music Festival as well as SongFest in Los Angeles.
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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!