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.
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.
Thomas Lausmann was appointed Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and served as Head of Music at the Vienna State Opera for the previous seven years. A frequent collaborator of Franz Welser-Möst, Marek Janowski and Christian Thielemann, he has served as principal coach at the Bayreuther Festspiele and the Salzburger Festspiele. Mr. Lausmann is a regular pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic playing piano, celesta, harpsichord and organ in concerts at home and on tour.
Pål Christian Moe was born in Oslo. After literature studies in London he decided to work in theatre, and started as stage manager at the Oslo Opera. Later he worked as vocal producer at Deutsche Grammophon, and then at the Paris Opera as director of artistic administration. In recent years he has specialized in free-lance casting, currently working for the Prague Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
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.
Born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (USA), Craig Terry is a sought-after piano partner of many renowned singers, e.g. Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Nicole Cabell, Joseph Kaiser, Kate Lindsey, Danielle De Niese, Susanna Phillips and Joyce DiDonato. He tours the continents at the side of his stars. Currently Mr. Terry serves as Music Director of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having spent eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. He has made his young ensemble one of the leading ensembles in the USA. As a gifted improviser on the piano, we are particularly happy that he leads and plays for the cabaret concert himself.
Tobias Truniger is the director of the Young Ensemble of the Munich State Opera, which he has become one of the leading ensembles of its kind under his leadership. His mastery of style and language makes him indispensable, not only for IMA -- it also makes him a beloved coach of many 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.
Caroline Dowdle has performed widely in Britain and in Europe, giving recitals with singers that include Sir Thomas Allen, and Sir Simon Keenlyside. She works regularly as a coach with the singers on the Jette Parker Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House,Covent Garden, and is a member of the vocal faculty at the Royal College of Music. She has been Music Director of the Samling Academy since its inception in 2012, and is a frequent leader on the Samling Artist Masterclass weeks. As a guest vocal coach she has worked in Beijing, Oslo, Berlin, Italy, at the State Opera of Estonia, and at the Lindemann Programme at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She is Head of Opera in the Atelier Lyrique at the Verbier Festival, where she has also performed many times since she joined the festival in 2008. Future plans include working in New Zealand next year.
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”.
Peggy Marmuth works as a coach for German pronunciation, dialogues and recitatives, as well as a trainer for acting and for helping singers connecting their bodies to their voices. She also leads stage productions with students, works with opera singers, primarily at the Komische Oper Berlin where she coaches in productions of Barrie Kosky, Hans Neuenfels, Harry Kupfer, Robert Carson, Stefan Herheim among many others, She prepares singers for Salzburger Festspiele, La Scala Milano, and Mariinsky Theatre in Petersburg, to name a few and has collaborated with conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Alessandro De Marchi, Franz Welser-Möst and others.
Harry Rylance studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor CBE from 2015-2020, graduating with First Class Honours and a DipRAM for the highest mark in the postgraduate piano recitals. After graduating, he was awarded the Chamber Music and Répétiteur Fellowships at RAM. Recent highlights as a soloist and collaborative musician in the UK have included performances at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to an audience including five former Prime Ministers, performances at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the London Coliseum, and live on BBC Radio 3. Engagements in 2022 include répétiteuring for Glyndebourne’s new production of Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, a concert tour of Germany and the Netherlands, and performances at the Aldeburgh Festival. Harry is currently a Musician’s Company Young Artist having won the Company’s Royal Academy of Music Silver Medal in 2020, and is also a Britten Pears Young Artist with his piano trio, Trio Mazzolini.
Michael Pandya, Gewinner des Pianistenpreises bei der Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition 2019, ist ein zunehmend gefragter Lied- und Kammerpianist. Er ist bereits an der Seite vieler hochkarätiger Musiker aufgetreten, darunter Graham Johnson, Željko Lučić, Jonathan Lemalu und Robin Tritschler. Er hat auch Preise für seine Begleitung beim Gerald Moore Award, Kathleen Ferrier Awards und Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards gewonnen. Zu seinen Engagements zählen Auftritte in der Wigmore Hall, beim KlavierFestRuhr, beim Newbury Spring Festival, beim Leeds Lieder Festival, beim Oxford Lieder Festival und live bei BBC Radio 3. Er ist ein Oxford Lieder Young Artist und ein Samling Artist. Seit 2019 ist er Pianist im Opernstudio der Bayerischen Staatsoper.
The Ukrainian pianist Alina Sevchenko has been a member of the International Opera Studio in Zurich since 2021. From the 23/24 season she will be engaged as a solo répétiteur at the Zurich Opera House. In 2019-2021 she was a member of the Opera Academy program at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw in the class of Olga Pasiecznik and Eytan Pessen. She is a prizewinner of the Polish Ministry of Culture's scholarship program "Gaude Polonia 2021" (Prof. Ewa Pobłocka, Warsaw, Poland) and winner of numerous competitions, including the 12th International Competition for the Art of Song Stuttgart 2020 (award of recognition together with Yuri Hadzetskyy) etc. From From 2016 to 2018 she was a scholarship holder of the President of Ukraine. As an excellent pianist and accompanist, she received awards at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Singing Competition in Warsaw (2022) and at the Vasyl Slipak International Singing Competition in Lviv (2020).
It is a great pleasure for us that Michael Latus, make-up artist at Armani, is coming to us. During his time with Yves Saint Laurent, he was awarded National Make-up Artist of the Year (2014). His program includes a general masterclass on how make-up can affect the impression onstage, as well as working with each singer individually. Michael has worked for television and casting shows in Germany and France, as well as for some of the major German publications. We are privileged to have him share his world-class expertise with our singers every year.