Faculty

Dr. Corradina Caporello

Corradina Caporello

Guest Professor for Italian Diction and Repertoire

Corradina Caporello, born in Rome, received a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Queens College, and a M.Ph. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has taught Italian language and literature at Columbia University, John Jay College, Queens College, Hofstra University, and Long Island University. Dr. Caporello, a member of the Italian Honor Society, trained with Evelina Colorni. She has coached Italian operas in the United States, Canada, Italy, Israel, and China and has taught master classes in Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico, as well as in the United States. She has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1984. Dr. Caporello joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1995.

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Guest Professor for French Opera

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, born in Paris, loves working with young artists and is part of the coaching staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at ROH. She is also in demand at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festspiele, a.o. EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Decca ask her expertise as well.

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.

Peter Konwitschny

Peter Konwitschny

Guest Professor for Operatic Scenes

Peter Konwitschny is known for his "cutting edge" operatic and theater stage direction. He has directed opera to great - and sometimes polarizing - acclaim in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Moscow, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Munich. His views and direction of Wagner operas were formative in European theaters.

Stephan Loges

Stephan Loges

Guest Professor of German Diction and Poetry

Stephan Loges regularly gives song recitals with pianists like Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Eugene Asti und Graham Johnson, performs worldwide with renowned ensembles & orchestras and works with conductors like Richard Egarr, Robin Ticciati, John Eliot Gardiner und Vladimir Jurowski. On the operatic stage he has among other roles sung Wolfram/Tannhäuser und Papageno/Zauberflöte at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels as well as the Count in Strauss' Capriccio at the Edinburgh Festival. Stephan teaches German Song at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau

Guest Professor for Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten

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.

Eytan Pessen

Eyten Pessen

Guest Professor for Audition Training

Eytan Pessen was Artistic Director of the Semperoper in Dresden until 2013 and previous to that, Casting Director at Stuttgart State Opera. Mr. Pessen is presently artistic consultant for several opera houses in Italy. As a pianist and accompanist he has appeared all over Europe and as vocal coach he has taught at the Bayerische Theaterakademie in München, the Scuola d'opera in Bologna and at the Frankfurt Opera.

Prof. Rudolf Piernay

Rudolf Piernay

Guest Professor for Voice

Rudolf Piernay's students are represented in many leading opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Royal Opera Covent Garden. He teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and at the Mannheim Hochschule für Musik. Prof. Piernay gives master classes worldwide, and is an experienced juror of international competitions.

Lauren Schiff

Lauren Schiff

Alexander Technique

Lauren Schiff is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and The Aspen Music Festival and School. She has also worked with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. Ms. Schiff is an AMSAT Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has presented her work with musicians to Alexander Technique Teachers internationally, most recently at the International Congress for the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland, 2011.

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.

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. She also gives masterclasses regularly at the Young Ensembles of the opera houses in Dresden, Frankfurt and Munich, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Prof. Wiens is the artistic director of the International Meistersinger Akademie, and during the entire residency, she will offer intensive training in interpretation, and vocal 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.

Conductor

Matthias Foremny

Matthias Foremny

The young and charasmatic conductor gave his debut with the Berlin Komische Oper, and immediately won a coveted German prize for this performance. Matthias Foremny has built strong relationships with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Hamburg, and is the first guest conductor of the Leipzig opera. He also enjoys a prolific concert and recording career with orchestras in Finland, Poland and with many of the German radio orchestras. We are delighted that he is bringing his expertise to our young singers.

Coaching Faculty

John Fisher

John Fisher

John Fisher was born in Glasgow and educated at Glasgow University, the RAM, and the London Opera Centre. He joined the music staff of La Monnaie in Brussels, where he also became Music Director of the Opera Studio. He was also a member of the music staff of the Netherlands Opera and then moved to Milan as assistant to Claudio Abbado at Teatro alla Scala, where he became Head of Music and, subsequently, Artistic Administrator. From 1989 he was Artistic Director of Teatro La Fenice in Venice and in 1994 became Director of Vocal Productions and Executive Producer at Deutsche Grammophon in Hamburg. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Music Administration of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. From 2005 until 2010 he was CEO and Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera. John Fisher collaborated most closely throughout his career with Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti and James Levine. He was Head of Music for the Rossini Festival in Pesaro for a decade and prepared the casts for opera recordings for DECCA over many years. He worked closely with Jean-Pierre Ponnelle on several opera films for UNITEL films. John Fisher is an accomplished accompanist, harpsichordist, and conductor and is much sought after to give master classes around the world.

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.

Pianists

Marcelo Amaral

Marcelo Amaral

Marcelo Amaral is a coach 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”.

Bretton Brown

Bretton Brown

Pianist Bretton Brown holds prizes for music and poetry from Yale University, where he received his bachelor’s degree with distinction. Recent engagements include performances in New York, California, and Paris (the last under the auspices of the Rothschild Foundation). Brown is currently a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School.

James Sherlock

James Sherlock

James Sherlock performs widely as pianist and conductor, and is much in demand as an accompanist for such singers as Angelika Kirchschlager and Sarah Connolly. He is a multiple prize-winner at competitions and has also received many prizes for his discography. James is a Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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.