Guest Professor of Opera
Michelle Breedt obtained her B.Mus. Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. After an apprenticeship at the opera houses in Cape Town and Pretoria, she continued her studies at the Guildhall School in London. In 1990 she moved to Germany where she was a member of the Opera Studio in Cologne, thereafter joining the Ensemble of the State Theater in Braunschweig. Whilst there, she began to build her extensive repertoire of roles, ranging from the standard Mozart mezzo-soprano repertoire (including relative rarities like Idamantes and Ramiro) to Belcanto roles like Adalgisa and Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), encompassing non-standard repertoire like Diana/Giove in La Calisto and Anna in Kurt Weill?s Die Sieben Todsünden. Another important role debut became Melisande. The director of Pelleas et Melisande was Brigitte Fassbaender under whose guidance Michelle Breedt also sang her first Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Charlotte in Werther, Carmen and Brangaene in Tristan und Isolde. Madame Fassbaender continues to advise her on repertoire and vocal technique. Since then Michelle Breedt is frequently guest at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden and the Hamburgische Staatsoper.
Dr. 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.
KS 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.
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 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.
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.
Guest Professor of French Opera and Song
Dame Felicity Lott is one of Britain's best-loved sopranos. In opera, her portrayals of the Strauss and Mozart roles in particular have led to critical and popular acclaim worldwide. Her concert engagements take her to the major orchestras, working with Rattle, Haitink, Mehta, Previn, Masur, Welser-Möst, Sawallisch and Sir Andrew Davis. Much of her concert and recital repertoire is recorded, as are many of her great operatic roles: from her wonderful Marschallin under Carlos Kleiber to her Belle Helene, with which she enchanted the Parisians when she sang the role for the first time at the Chatelet in Paris in 2000. A founder member of The Songmakers' Almanac, Felicity has appeared on the major recital platforms of the world and in June 2005 she celebrated the 30th anniversary of her recital debut at the Wigmore Hall. A noted exponent of French song, she has been awarded the title Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. She was made a CBE in the 1990 New Year Honours and, in 1996, was created a Dame Commander of the British Empire. In February 2003 she was awarded the title of Bayerische Kammersängerin. Most recently she was made Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Paris Sorbonne.
Guest Professor for Franz Schubert and Francis Poulenc
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 of Acting
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.
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.
Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. 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.
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.
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.
Peter Buckoke oversees the Alexander Technique department at the Royal College of Music. He is also professor of double bass and plays both modern and baroque bass with a number of chamber groups in London. He is a founding member of the Schubert Ensemble of London, winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s chamber group award, and has often been invited to play with other small chamber groups when they need a bass player for larger repertoire, including the Alberni, Allegri, Arditi, Chillingirian, Coul, Dante, and Endellion string quartets.
Judith Kleinman trained as a classical musician and teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has a busy professional career as a double bass player. She was a member of the orchestra of the English National Opera and City of London Sinfonia and now freelances in London on modern and period instruments. She qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher 20 years ago, having trained with Patrick MacDonald and Shoshana Kamanitz. Judith is co-director of the London Centre for Alexander Technique, which trains new Alexander teachers. She also has a private practice and has collaborated with systemic psychotherapists on research, combining Alexander work with therapy. She writes about the technique, particularly about teaching young people, and has presented workshops to the general public and the Alexander world on her approach to the work.
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.
Nicholas Rimmer was born in Wigan, England and began his musical training at the Royal Northern College of Music, going on to study in Cambridge, Hannover, Berlin and Cologne. He has appeared at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Ludwigsburg and he has given concerts and piano masterclasses in Nagoya, Japan. In 2011 he released his debut recording of solo piano works for MVH Music. His strong interest in the song repertoire has led him to important venues such as the Wigmore Hall. Since 2009 Nicholas Rimmer has taught as a junior fellow for piano and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover.
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.
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!