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Guest Professor for Lieder - Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt
Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning broadcaster with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside (“pretty much ideal” BBC Music Magazine) is also a master programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. He has performed in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. His discography of over 50 recordings straddles an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to Schoenberg, Copland and beyond, with a special place reserved for the highways and byways of English Song, as acclaimed performances of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth, Parry and Vaughan Williams have proved. In 2014, Delphian released Burnside’s complete Rachmaninov songs (“electrifying” Daily Telegraph) with seven outstanding Russian artists. For Guildhall School of Music and Drama Burnside has written and devised a number of highly individual theatre pieces. His play A Soldier and a Maker was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and broadcast on Radio3 as part of the BBC’s World War One season. In demand as a teacher and animateur, Burnside also works at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the National Opera Studio. He is International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
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 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.
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.
Guest Professor for French 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. Pierre Vallet has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe, encompassing a large and diverse repertoire.A committed educator, Pierre Vallet is a sought-after lecturer and guest teacher at the world’s premiere training institutions. He 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 at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, as well as with Louis Hiltbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London.
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
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
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.
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.
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”.
Dr. Loretta Trinei
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.
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.
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.
Michał Biel is a Polish pianist and vocal coach. In 2014, he graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, where he studied piano under Andrzej Jasiński. Among other prizes, he has been awarded Best Young Accompanist at Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest (2015); Outstanding Accompaniment at the 10th L. Różycki Vocal Competition in Gliwice (2015); and First Prize at the Academic Competition of Art Song in Wrocław (2013). He has also participated in several residencies as pianist and coach, including The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall (2016), the Mozart Residency at The Academié du Festival d'Aix (2015), the 31st Winter Vocal Course in Duszniki Zdrój and Wratislavia Cantans Festival (2013). Since June 2013, he has been a member of the Opera Academy at Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera. He is currently a Jerome L. Greene Fellow pursuing his master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, studying with Brian Zeger, Jonathan Feldman and JJ Penna.
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.
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.
The French/Dutch pianist Benjamin Spa started his musical education in France, where he obtained in 2009 his piano and chamber music degree with distinction, in the class of Denis Pascal(Paris conservatoire). The same year he was accepted to the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the class of David Kuyken,where he graduated in 2013 with distinction. During his studies in Amsterdam, Benjamin showed a great interest in vocal repertoire and had master classes with Rudolf Jansen, Jeff Cohen, Richard Egarr (pianoforte). Benjamin has been an accompanist for the singing department at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and worked as repetiteur for several opera projects in the Netherlands. Benjamin has been engaged as pianist of the Bayerische Opera Studio since the season 2014/2015.
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!