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Mariella Devia

Internationally recognised as one the the greatest interpreters of the belcanto repertoire of all time, soprano Mariella Devia has represented the first class female characters in the history of opera on the stages of the greatest theatres in the world. Hers is a rigorous repertoire, which has allowed her to perform the principle roles in the operas of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart and to express herself, with an elevated style, in the operas of Verdi, Bizet and other great authors, ending in Puccini, in the part of Liu in Turandot.

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Patron

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Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.

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Artistic Advisory Board

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Claudia Assmann

Since November 2006, Claudia Assmann has served as head of the Press & Communications department for the Berlin University of the Arts. After studying theatre studies and journalism at the Free University of Berlin, she worked at the Theater am Goetheplatz (Bremen), the Anhaltische Theater Dessau, and the art festival Kunstfest Weimar. She is a founding member of the magazine ballett international/tanz aktuell (now called tanz). At the same time, on a freelance basis, she worked for several international dance magazines, cultural management publications, and radio and television programmes.

In 1998, she was employed at the press office of the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2000, Claudia Assmann joined the Jewish Museum Berlin as Senior Writer and wrote the texts for the permanent exhibition titled 2,000 Years of German-Jewish History. From 2001 to 2003, she served as media spokesperson for the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, under the direction of Ostermeier, Hilje, Waltz, and Sandig. Subsequently, she served as a member of the management team and head of the press and public relations department at the Theater Heilbronn of the new director, Dr. Martin Roeder-Zerndt. Back in Berlin, she worked for the German Federal Government’s Art and Cultural Program for the FIFA World Cup 2006. In that role, she advised the artistic director of the cultural program, André Heller, in the areas of dance, theatre, and performance.

Claudia Assmann is a member of EUPRIO (the Association of Higher Education Communicators in Europe) and from 2008 to 2012, she was a member of the governing board of the Federal Association of University Communications (Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation) and spokesperson for the art and music schools. As part of her activities in the Federal Association, in lectures, work groups and workshops, she has, in particular, addressed the question of how digital developments and the associated transformation of the media are changing press and public relations work at universities and cultural institutions.  In the “Spielzeit-AG”, an association of press officers of Berlin cultural institutions, she represents the UNI.T theatre of the UdK Berlin. Claudia Assmann is a member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

Claudia Assmann intensively works on the cultural exchange between Scotland and Germany. For the European Championships 2018, which took place in Glasgow and Berlin, she worked as project manager for the two central events (orchestra-concert and “Mix the City”), that built a cultural bridge between the hosting cities.

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Christoph Boehmke

Born in Franconia, Germany in 1981 Christoph Boehmke studied political science and sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Hamburg as well as cultural management at the music academy of Hamburg. He has worked at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany as personal advisor to Rolf Beck and as the Head of the Orchestral Academy together with Christoph Eschenbach before he became Head of the artistic administration at the Tyrolean Festspiele in Erl, Austria. Since 2015 Christoph has worked for Hamburg State Opera. After three years in the field of music education Christoph became Head of the International Opera Studio at  Hamburg State Opera in 2018.

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Susan Bullock

Susan Bullock’s unique position as one of the world’s most sought-after British dramatic sopranos was recognised by the award of a CBE in June 2014.

One of her most distinctive roles, Wagner’s Brünnhilde has garnered outstanding praise leading Susan Bullock to become the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano. Appearances as Richard Strauss’ Elektra have brought her equal international acclaim and awards, and collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors including Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder and Edo de Waart. In recent seasons, Susan Bullock has continued to expand into new repertoire including debuts as Kostelnička (Jenůfa) for Grange Park Opera, Minnie (La fanciulla del West) for English National Opera, both Gertrude and The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel) for Opera North, and Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd) for Houston Grand Opera. This season, Susan debuts as Klytaemnestra (Elektra) at Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus, returns to Grange Park Opera in Hänsel und Gretel, and creates the role of Liz Stride in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper for ENO. Following her debut as Mother in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Edinburgh International Festival last season, Susan reprised this role at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York in December 2018.

On the concert platform Susan Bullock returns to Wigmore Hall in their Late Night series with pianist Richard Sisson, and will give a recital at the Canadian Opera.

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Jessica Cottis

Jessica Cottis maintains a busy guest conducting schedule worldwide, working with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Houston Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Scottish Opera, Opera North, and regularly at the BBC Proms. This season she made notable debuts with the LA Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, and conducted a new opera by Israeli composer Na’ama Zisser for the Royal Opera House, where she returns this year to conduct the premiere of The Monstrous Child by Gavin Higgins.

Born in Australia, Cottis was awarded a first class honours degree in organ, piano and musicology from the Australian National University and continued her studies in Paris, winning awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and Royal College of Organists. A wrist injury halted her keyboard career and she began conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with distinction. In 2015 she was appointed Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honorary award for former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.

“The director was the extraordinary Jessica Cottis, Anglo-Australian conductor, who last night led the orchestra as a queen. Full of energy and verve, Cottis was repeatedly able to tear applause even in the middle of scenes.” Claudio Biazzetti, Rolling Stone Magazine

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Roger Granville

Roger is co-founder and creative director of The New Generation Festival. Most recently, Roger has produced international shows for the Young Vic Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Other credits, produced with Frankie Parham, include a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre (London, April 2018), Oliver Dench’s One-Man Hamlet (Théâtre National de Nice, 2016), DENIM (various, 2014-2016) and Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre, 2014).

Roger has been commissioned by Corniche Media to write a stage adaptation of the novel Samarkand by the distinguished French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf. He has also directed Sir Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love at the Oxford Playhouse and has worked as an assistant director at both St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev for his production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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Anush Hovhannisyan

Anush Hovhannisyan was nominated for the 2018 International Opera Awards and was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. She is a winner of number of international competitions and recipient of special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera. Anush was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Oren and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Her debut as Violetta La traviata with Scottish Opera was described as “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times). She revived the same role for the Welsh National Opera. Her highly acclaimed performances include Amaltea Mosè in Egitto, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, the title role in Maria Stuarda and the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo.

Her recordings include Rimsky-Korsakov Romances (Stone Records), A Century of Song, Vol. 2 with (VIVAT), Scriabin songs (DECCA). She has performed in series of recitals on BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day.

Anush graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, Georg Solti Foundation scholar and the recipient of Haidee Saretski Prize at Les Azuriales Competition.

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Sam McShane

Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Samantha McShane embarked on a successful freelance career as a hornist, performing regularly with all the major Scottish orchestras, and as a founder member of the award-winning Pure Brass quintet.

Her appetite for management was whetted by successive internships at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and IMG Artists, eventually joining the RSNO as Assistant Orchestra Manager, and latterly as Planning Manager (A&R). Whilst in Scotland, Samantha attended the League of American Orchestras’ Leadership Academy in New York, where she received expert guidance in orchestral management.

In 2013 Samantha took up the role as Head of Creative Programming at Manchester Camerata. She joined at a pivotal time in the organisation’s development, with a mission to ‘redefine what an orchestra can do’, and the opportunity to build the orchestra’s profile internationally, resulting in several major European tours.

Passionate about changing the orchestral sector, Sam has focused on creating unique collaborations with the Camerata, notably alongside Manchester City Football Club. She also devised the orchestra’s most ambitious project to date – the critically acclaimed Haçienda Classical – and curated UpClose, a series of diverse chamber concerts in Manchester’s most eclectic venues.

In September 2017, Sam joined the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a national and international centre of excellence for performing arts education as well as being named one of the world’s top 5 leading performing arts institutions by QS World University Rankings 2018, as Head of Artistic Planning.

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Jonathan Papp

Jonathan Papp is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. He is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist around the world, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Susan Gritton, Katarina Karneus, Christopher Maltman, Sergei Leiferkus, Marina Poplavskya, Aigul Akhmetshina, Moray Welsh, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Carmen Giannatasio, amongst others. Venues have ranged from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has made radio and television broadcasts here and abroad with such artists as Dame Kiri and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He worked as both coach and recital partner with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for over seventeen years. Papp has given masterclasses at the Royal Opera House and abroad, including Japan, the USA and New Zealand.

Papp is a senior coach and member of the Vocal Faculty and the Opera School at the RAM, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Jonathan Santagada

Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has an established presence with several of the leading opera houses of Europe including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Regio Torino, Welsh National Opera and Theater Basel.

He made his debut at Theater Basel in 2013 conducting Haydn’s Lo speziale. He was then chosen as a Young Artist on the Jette Parker at the Royal Opera House. In his time on the programme, he conducted Rossini’s La scala di seta and Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse with the Southbank Sinfonia as well as Eugene Onegin with The Royal Opera House Orchestra. Santagada has worked in more than twenty-five Covent Garden productions and collaborates regularly with Sir Antonio Pappano.

This season, Jonathan Santagada returns to Opera North to conduct Tosca and then to The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to assistant conduct Così fan tutte, alongside Stefano Montanari. He will then be assistant conductor to Evelino Pidò at La Monnaie in Brussels (Robert le Diable), Nicola Luisotti at L’Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino) and Maurizio Benini at Teatro Real in Madrid (Il trovatore). He will conclude his operatic season conducting Le nozze di Figaro at The New Generation Festival in Florence.

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Carmen Santoro

Carmen Santoro is one of the foremost vocal coaches of her generation working regularly as répétiteur in Europe’s leading opera houses such as Opernhaus in Zurich, Theater Bolshoi in Moscow, Theatre an der Wien, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen, Lithuanian National Opera, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Fondazione Toscanini in Parma, Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Wexford Festival Opera, and Festival Donizetti in Bergamo.

A sought after teacher, she works at International Opera Studio at Opernhaus in Zurich, Royal College of Music in London, Young Artists Opera Program at Theater Bolshoi in Moscow, Centre di Perfeccionament Placido Domingo‬ at Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Lunenburg Academy in Nova Scotia Canada, Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Scuola dell’Opera at Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Alberto Zedda‬’s Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro, Accademia del Belcanto “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca (Ta). Since 1999 she has also been a guest professor at Showa University in Tokyo. ‬‬‬‬

She regularly collaborates with many singers, including: Luciano Pavarotti‬, Placido Domingo‬, Diana Damrau‬, Mariella Devia‬, Juan Diego Florez‬, Daniela Barcellona‬, John Osborn, Pretty Yende, Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena, Saimir Pirgu‬, Krasimira Stoyanova, and Marlis Petersen. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Since 2012 she has been Chef du Chant for the new Italian opera productions and Musical Assistant of M. Fabio Luisi‬ at Opernhaus in Zurich. She is also M. Fabio Luisi‬’s Musical Assistant at Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino in Florence and at Festival della Valle d’Itria where she is also Musical Supervisor of Operatic Productions. She is currently Direttore degli Studi Musicali and M. Fabio Luisi‬’s Assistant at Accademia del Belcanto “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca. In addition, since 1995 she has been a professor at “A. Boito” Conservatory of Music in Parma Italy‬‬‬‬‬‬. In 2018 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Belcanto Opera Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Her future plans include Verdi’s NabuccoVespri Siciliani in Zurich Opernhaus and Bellini’s La Straniera in Florence’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as M. Fabio Luisi’s Assistant; Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in Opéra National de Lyon as M. Daniele Rustioni’s Assistant Conductor; and Verdi’s La Traviata in Grand Théâtre de Genève as M. Paolo Carignani’s Assistant Conductor.

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Visiting Staff 2020/21 (as of May 2019)

Sir Thomas Allen

Masterclass Giver

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.

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Susan Bullock

Masterclass Giver

Susan Bullock’s unique position as one of the world’s most sought-after British dramatic sopranos was recognised by the award of a CBE in June 2014.

One of her most distinctive roles, Wagner’s Brünnhilde has garnered outstanding praise leading Susan Bullock to become the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano. Appearances as Richard Strauss’ Elektra have brought her equal international acclaim and awards, and collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors including Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder and Edo de Waart. In recent seasons, Susan Bullock has continued to expand into new repertoire including debuts as Kostelnička (Jenůfa) for Grange Park Opera, Minnie (La fanciulla del West) for English National Opera, both Gertrude and The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel) for Opera North, and Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd) for Houston Grand Opera. This season, Susan debuts as Klytaemnestra (Elektra) at Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus, returns to Grange Park Opera in Hänsel und Gretel, and creates the role of Liz Stride in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper for ENO. Following her debut as Mother in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Edinburgh International Festival last season, Susan reprised this role at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York in December 2018.

On the concert platform Susan Bullock returns to Wigmore Hall in their Late Night series with pianist Richard Sisson, and will give a recital at the Canadian Opera.

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Mariella Devia

Masterclass Giver

Internationally recognised as one the the greatest interpreters of the belcanto repertoire of all time, soprano Mariella Devia has represented the first class female characters in the history of opera on the stages of the greatest theatres in the world. Hers is a rigorous repertoire, which has allowed her to perform the principle roles in the operas of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart and to express herself, with an elevated style, in the operas of Verdi, Bizet and other great authors, ending in Puccini, in the part of Liu in Turandot.

Mariella Devia, born in Chiusavecchia in Imperia, Liguria, studied at the Milan Conservatoire and then at the Santa Maria Conservatoire in Rome, where she graduated in singing. In 1973 she won the Toi Dal Monte competition and debuted in the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. Her interpretation – with which she gave her final performance in the 2005/06 season at La Scala theatre – marked a point of arrival hardly surmountable in the history of belcanto opera.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York and Covent Garden in London; New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Chicago’s Lyric Opera; Munich Staatsoper; the Opera National and the Theatre de Champs-Elysees in Paris; Madrid’s Teatro Real; the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; and Tokyo’s Opera House are just some of the stages which have seen her perform some of her principal roles.

On the stages of major Italian theatres and in the most prestigious celebrations of music – Teatro alla Scala, San Carlo, La Fenice, Regio (Turin), Massimo (Palermo), Regio (Parma), Opera (Rome), Comunale (Bologna), Le Muse (Ancona), Rossini Opera Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival di Martina Franca, and Ravenna Festival – Mariella Devia has performed as some of the leading female characters in the history of lyric opera – from Rossini, and Mozart, to Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi – receiving personal praise of the highest level for each of her roles.

Over the course of her intense and prestigious career, she has collaborated with some of the most authoritative/influential orchestral directors. Music historians agree in defining her among the most beautiful voices of italian belcanto of all time, underlining the extraordinary vocalism of the great soprano and her interpretative force.

Over the years, her repertory has been enriched with rare and emblematic characters. In November 2011, at the Opera de Marseille, she debuted the role of Elizabeth I in Robert Devereux, bringing to a close Donizetti’s Four Queens cycle. This role has brought her many prestigious theatres in recent years, along with that of Norma, which she debuted in April 2018 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna – which she then performed in different editions giving a philological belcanto interpretation, which the public and critics accepted with enormous favour, to the point of being now considered the reference standard for performances of Norma.

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Leonardo Catalanotto

Vocal Coach

Leonardo Catalanotto was born in Caracas. He earned his diploma in Orchestra Conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese under the guidance of Donato Renzetti.  His work in Opera began in 1993 as Répétiteur and Assistant Conductor at the Teatro “V. Bellini” of Catania. He has since been invited to work in opera houses across Europe including Palermo, Pesaro, Düsseldorf, Lisbon, Sevilla and Geneva. In Florence he worked as Stage Musical Director for Verdi’s Trilogy and, successively, assisted Zubin Mehta, in the productions of Die Frau ohne SchattenLa Forza del DestinoToscaTristan und IsoldeRigoletto and Don Carlo, and Fabio Luisi for Cardillac. He was also assistant to Jesùs Lòpez Cobos in Macbeth at Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Leonardo works extensively in East Asia, where he is regularly invited to cities all over Japan, including Sapporo, Shizuoka, Osaka and Tokyo, and to the Conservatory of Shenyang, China, to give lessons on Italian Opera repertoire designed for lyric singers. He has also worked at the National Center of the Performing Arts of Beijing as Vocal Coach for RigolettoL’Elisir d’amoreLe Nozze di Figaro and Norma, and has been assistant to Lorin Maazel for Il Barbiere di Siviglia and to Myung-Whun Chung for Simon Boccanegra. He directed the Gunma Symphony Orchestra in Japan in a highly received concert titled “Opera without words!” and, in China, the Oriental Symphony Orchestra of the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai.

In addition to conducting numerous symphonic concerts, he has conducted Madama ButterflyAida, Tosca, La CenerentolaSuor AngelicaGianni SchicchiLa BohemeIl Barbiere di SivigliaL’Elisir d’amore. In 2017/2018 he directed La Prova di un’Opera Seria at the Trieste’s Opera House, and at the Bellini Opera House, in Catania, has conducted Le Nozze di FigaroLucia di LammermoorIl Turco in ItaliaLa Straniera, La Rondine and La Capinera.

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Elias Corrinth

Vocal Coach

Elias Corrinth, conductor and pianist, was born in 1990 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied orchestral conducting at the Felix Mendelssohn Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, as well as at the conservatories of Zürich and San Francisco, graduating with distinction in 2014.

He began his career at Theater Osnabrück, where he was répétiteur and conductor in the 2014/15 season, soon moving on to Staatstheater Oldenburg, where he was assistant to the music director and Kapellmeister in 2015/16. After his conducting debut with Le nozze di Figaro in Osnabrück, he went on to conduct many performances of opera, musical theatre and ballet shows. In 2016, he joined Nationaltheater Mannheim, one of the oldest and largest repertoire theatres in Germany, as a répétiteur, playing and coaching well over 20 operatic works each season. Following his successes as a conductor at the Nationaltheater, he will be become assistant to music director Alexander Soddy and regular conductor starting from the 2019/20 season.

Elias specialises in the repertoire of German romantic opera, including the works of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. After winning the 2014 Richard Wagner Competition in Leipzig with a piano performance of excerpts from Elektra and Götterdämmerung, he has been giving concert lectures on Richard Wagner’s works in Leipzig and Mannheim as well as many pre-performance talks at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Since his early youth, he is also active as a composer. In 2012, his symphonic poem Dhyâna, commissioned by Jeunesses musicales Germany, was premiered and recorded by the state youth symphony orchestra of Baden-Württemberg as part of their anniversary tour. His recent successes include the recording of his hour-long piano cycle Erzählungen by prize-winners of the 2017 young pianists’ competition of Piano Podium Karlsruhe.

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Jonathan Papp

Vocal Coach

Jonathan Papp is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. He is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist around the world, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Susan Gritton, Katarina Karneus, Christopher Maltman, Sergei Leiferkus, Marina Poplavskya, Aigul Akhmetshina, Moray Welsh, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Carmen Giannatasio, amongst others. Venues have ranged from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has made radio and television broadcasts here and abroad with such artists as Dame Kiri and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He worked as both coach and recital partner with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for over seventeen years. Papp has given masterclasses at the Royal Opera House and abroad, including Japan, the USA and New Zealand.

Papp is a senior coach and member of the Vocal Faculty and the Opera School at the RAM, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Frédéric Rouillon

Vocal Coach

Frédéric Rouillon is a graduate of the Paris National Superior Music Conservatory (CNSM de Paris). He started his career as vocal coach at internationally renown opera houses such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Theater An Der Wien, and the Frankfurter Oper. He has collaborated with stage directors such as Kasper Holten, Claus Guth, Robert Carsen, Peter Mussbach, and Yannis Kokkos, and with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Alain Altinoglu, Friedmann Layer, François-Xavier Roth, Antonello Allemandi, Antonino Fogliani, and Fabrizio Maria Carminati among others.

Frédéric has worked with a variety of artists such as Vivica Genaux, Mireille Delunsch, Angelika Kirschlager, June Anderson, Neil Shicoff, Christian Gerhaher, Sir Willard White, and contemporary artists including Sting and Elvis Costello. He has been invited to many theatres and festivals in France and often performs in recital with mezzo Marie Gautrot.

As a conductor, he was a pupil of François-Xavier Roth at the Paris CNSM. He has conducted the Regional Orchestra of Normandy, the Orchestra of Rouen’s Opera, the Orchestra of the Reims Opera, the Accentus choir, the choirs of the Théâtre du Châtelet among others. He is invited to conduct abroad and works on a regular basis with the Symphonic Orchestra of Eskisehir in Turkey, and he has also performed with them as a soloist for the Grieg piano concerto.

He has collaborated for two years with the Opéra Côté Chœur Company with whom he directed La Traviata in Paris and toured across France.Recently he made his debut at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman and will will conduct Il Trovatore in July 2019 at the Linière’s Castle Festival. He is also choirmaster for the Vocal Ensemble of Dieppe.

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Laetitia Ruccolo

Vocal Coach

French-Italian pianist Laetitia Ruccolo is one of the most sought-after diction coaches. She has given classes in several universities, including Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and Wellesley College. She has been a coach for numerous young artists programs, and she regularly works for opera companies all over the world. She is the cofounder of the company Bare Opera.

She has performed widely as a solo artist and with chamber ensembles, singers and with orchestra, in venues like Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Salle Gaveau, and Sadler’s Wells.

Also passionate about art songs, she performed at SongFest in California, and was invited twice to the Schubert Institute in Austria, where she worked with pianists such as Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, and Graham Johnson, as well as singers Christa Ludwig, Robert Holl and Elly Hameling.

Laetitia was a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London, and she has been in residence at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. She graduated from the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, University Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Mannes College of Music in New York, and she also earned a degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Aix-Marseille. She is fluent in five languages.

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Carmen Santoro

Vocal Coach

Carmen Santoro is one of the foremost vocal coaches of her generation working regularly as répétiteur in Europe’s leading opera houses such as Opernhaus in Zurich, Theater Bolshoi in Moscow, Theatre an der Wien, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen, Lithuanian National Opera, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Fondazione Toscanini in Parma, Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Wexford Festival Opera, and Festival Donizetti in Bergamo.

A sought after teacher, she works at International Opera Studio at Opernhaus in Zurich, Royal College of Music in London, Young Artists Opera Program at Theater Bolshoi in Moscow, Centre di Perfeccionament Placido Domingo‬ at Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Lunenburg Academy in Nova Scotia Canada, Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Scuola dell’Opera at Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Alberto Zedda‬’s Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro, Accademia del Belcanto “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca (Ta). Since 1999 she has also been a guest professor at Showa University in Tokyo.

‬‬‬‬She regularly collaborates with many singers, including: Luciano Pavarotti‬, Placido Domingo‬, Diana Damrau‬, Mariella Devia‬, Juan Diego Florez‬, Daniela Barcellona‬, John Osborn, Pretty Yende, Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena, Saimir Pirgu‬, Krasimira Stoyanova, and Marlis Petersen. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Since 2012 she has been Chef du Chant for the new Italian opera productions and Musical Assistant of M. Fabio Luisi‬ at Opernhaus in Zurich. She is also M. Fabio Luisi‬’s Musical Assistant at Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino in Florence and at Festival della Valle d’Itria where she is also Musical Supervisor of Operatic Productions. She is currently Direttore degli Studi Musicali and M. Fabio Luisi‬’s Assistant at Accademia del Belcanto “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca. In addition, since 1995 she has been a professor at “A. Boito” Conservatory of Music in Parma Italy‬‬‬‬‬‬. In 2018 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Belcanto Opera Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Her future plans include Verdi’s NabuccoVespri Siciliani in Zurich Opernhaus and Bellini’s La Straniera in Florence’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as M. Fabio Luisi’s Assistant; Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in Opéra National de Lyon as M. Daniele Rustioni’s Assistant Conductor; and Verdi’s La Traviata in Grand Théâtre de Genève as M. Paolo Carignani’s Assistant Conductor.

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Jane Irwin

Voice Consultant

As a concert and recital singer Jane has appeared regularly in Britain, Europe and America. In 2002 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Mariss Jansons. She has sung for the BBC Proms, at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berlin Festival, the Concertgebouw and the Musikverein. She has worked with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, and with most British orchestras. She has collaborated with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov, Ivor Bolton, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, Antonio Pappano, Sakari Oramo, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Richard Armstrong and Jakov Kreizberg. She has given recitals at the Châtelet, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Geneva, Aix-en-Provence and Japan.

Jane has recently moved into the soprano repertoire, where she has sung Britten’s War Requiem, Marie in Fragments from Wozzeck , Isolde’s Liebestod in Sardinia, Sieglinde in Act1 of Die Walküre in Mexico City, Andromache in Tippett’s King Priam at the Brighton Festival, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation scene from Götterdämmerungwith the Bremer Philharmoniker.

As a mezzo she made her debut at the ROH in Götterdämmerung/Second Norn under Bernard Haitink returning in 2003 to sing Suzuki/Madam Butterfly. She has sung in Die Walküre at Bayreuth, Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde for San Francisco Opera, English National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mère Marie/Dialogues des Carmélitesfor Lyric Opera of Chicago and appears regularly with Scottish Opera, highlights including Waltraute/Götterdämmerung and Anezka in The Two Widows by Smetana at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Recent and future engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with RPO and Vladimir Jurowski at RFH, concerts with Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (with Sir Simon Rattle), San Diego Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orchestre National de Lyon and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra as well as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde for the Deutsche Opera Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by Graham Vick. Jane sang the role of Miss. Jessel in a recent performance of Turn of the Screw with Aurora Orchestra at Snape Maltings and LSO St. Luke’s. She performed her first Isolde with Regensburg Opera and the Fremde Furstin in Rusalka for Saarbrucken Opera. Jane recently sang Tristan und Isolde in Craiova and excerpts from Lohengrin and Der Rosenkavelier with the Suisse Romonde. Jane also teaches singing at the RNCM and is in regular demand in masterclasses and workshops. These include masterclasses at the Abingdon, RCS summer schools and The New Generation Summer School in Florence.

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Scott Johnson

Voice Consultant

Scott Johnson was previously a tutor at the Conservatoire du Kremlin-Bicêtre in Paris, and also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He studied voice at the GSMD under David Pollard, and subsequently completed a PGCE and MA (graduating with Distinction) at London University, Institute of Education.  He taught music in a secondary school for several years, and for 11 years was also organist and Director of Music at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Bulphan, Essex.

Attracted by the collegiate nature of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and by the many innovative and vibrant events taking place inside the institution Scott is now a full time Lecturer in Vocal Studies at the RCS.  He works as a principal study tutor and teaches classes in vocal pedagogy and performance; beyond this he maintains a passionate interest in current and historical pedagogical perspectives on vocal performance, including an interest in the role that technology may have to play enhancing training for singers.

He has adjudicated at several competitions and music festivals and is a regular tutor at summer schools, previously at AIMS, now at the RCS.

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Professor Julie Kaufmann

Voice Consultant

Julie Kaufmann has had a long, successful career as a lyric coloratura, and was noted for her strong stage appearance, acting ability and interpretation in such roles as Zdenka, Sophie, Oscar, Musetta, Blondchen, Despina, Pamina, Susanna and Blanche. Her opera career began in Hagen, went on to Frankfurt and then to the Bayerische Staatsoper. In 1996 she went freelance, before joining the University of Art Berlin in 1999.

Throughout her career she has worked with such renowned stage directors as Dieter Dorn, David Alden, Günter Krämer, Alfred Kirchner, Ruth Berghaus, Johannes Schaaf, Jean Pierre Ponnelle. She performed concerts and operas, including Liederabende with Irwin Gage, Wolfgang Sawallish, Donald Sulzen and Wolfram Reiger, all over Germany, throughout Europe – in Milan, Genoa, Rome, Florence, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Vienna, Salzburg, London, Barcelona, and Paris – and in Israel, Japan and the USA. Conductors with whom she has worked include Wolfgang Sawallisch, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Franz-Welser Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansson, Bernhard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Jeffrey Tate, Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Before taking a vocal professorship at the University of Arts Berlin she taught singing at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. Prof Kaufmann continues to present workshops in Japan, USA, France, Austria, Norway and all over Germany.

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Professor Michail Lanskoi

Voice Consultant

Born in Moscow, Michail Lanskoi graduated with High Distinction from the Gnessin Academy of Music (Moscow), and gained his Ph.D at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with further studies in Germany, Austria and Italy with Fedora Barbieri, Jakob Stämpfly, Walter Berry and Pavel Lisitzian.

Michail’s career has spanned the major baritone operatic, oratorio and recital repertoire in opera houses and at international music festivals throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK and Russia with conductors including Helmut Rilling, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, and Elio Boncompagni and singers such as Heather Harper, Renato Bruson, Nicolai Gedda, Carlo Colombara, Martile Rowland, and Mario Malagnini.

Principal roles in operas include Evgeniy Onegin, Queen of Spades, Iolanta, Faust, Don Pasquale, Don Sebastiano, La Cenerentola, L’Equivoco Stravagante, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohéme, Manon Lescaut, Madame Butterfly, Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, Maria Stuarda, Luisa Miller, I Masnadieri, La Traviata, Pagliacci, Xerxes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

Michail is currently Professor of Voice at the Music and Arts University of Vienna (MUK) and at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule, Berlin. His students include 19 major International Singing Competition winners and his numerous graduates perform principal roles in international opera houses including Teatro Alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra Bastille, Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera, Semperoper Dresden and La Fenice.

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James Platt

Voice Consultant

British bass James Platt was educated at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2014-2016.

Highlights in his 2018/19 season include Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and the roles of Count Rostov, Tichon, Berthier, Ramballe & Beningsenn in Prokofiev’s War and Peace for the Welsh National Opera; Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and his debut for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Oberlin in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz. He has recently performed at Teatro alla Scala, Dutch National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House.

Highlights of his recent concert appearances include Bach’s Weihnachts-oratorium with Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski, Shostakovich’s Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin with the Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt, Handel’s Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra/Christian Curnyn, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin, Dvorak’s Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiri Belohlavek, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers/David Hill and Nino’s Ghost in Rossini’s Semiramide also at the BBC Proms and a studio recording with the OAE/Sir Mark Elder.

James lectures in vocal pedagogy at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Royal Northern College of Music. His company Classical Voice Training Ltd. offers regular multidisciplinary courses with a world class specialist team.

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Jonathan Santagada

Conductor

Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has an established presence with several of the leading opera houses of Europe including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Regio Torino, Welsh National Opera and Theater Basel.

He made his debut at Theater Basel in 2013 conducting Haydn’s Lo speziale. He was then chosen as a Young Artist on the Jette Parker at the Royal Opera House. In his time on the programme, he conducted Rossini’s La scala di seta and Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse with the Southbank Sinfonia as well as Eugene Onegin with The Royal Opera House Orchestra. Santagada has worked in more than twenty-five Covent Garden productions and collaborates regularly with Sir Antonio Pappano.

This season, Jonathan Santagada returns to Opera North to conduct Tosca and then to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to assistant conduct Così fan tutte, alongside Stefano Montanari. He will then be assistant conductor to Evelino Pidò at La Monnaie in Brussels (Robert le Diable), Nicola Luisotti at L’Opéra National de Paris (La forza del destino) and Maurizio Benini at Teatro Real in Madrid (Il trovatore). He will conclude his operatic season conducting Le nozze di Figaro at The New Generation Festival in Florence.

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Marie Lambert

Director

Marie Lambert grew up in Paris and in England. She read literature in Paris and Bologna and trained at La Scala.

She staged a critically acclaimed production of Leoncavallo’s Zazà (Opera Holland Park). She was the associate director on Madama Butterfly (La Monnaie) and La Cenerentola (Paris). She revived La Traviata (WNO, Liceu, Madrid, Scottish Opera), La Clemenza di Tito (Toulouse, Marseille, Chicago), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Chicago, San Francisco), Carmen (Glyndebourne, Gothenburg) and Andrea Chénier (Liceu, ROH).

Marie translated Offenbach’s Vent du Soir into Italian for the Maggio Musicale. She is the dramaturg of the Entropy project (music by Dopplereffekt). She collaborated with artist Hee-Won Lee on her VR film Rain.

She directed Le bourgeois Gentilhomme (Teatro Litta, Milan) and La Voix humaine (Buxton Festival, nomination Manchester Theatre Awards).

She has collaborated extensively with Piero Faggioni and David McVicar, as well as having worked at the ROH, Glyndebourne, Châtelet, la Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Festival d’Aix, Opéra du Rhin, Lille, Dijon, Torino, Parma, Ravenna Festival, Bari, Naples, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Montepulciano, Tokyo).

In development: La Damnation de Faust, Der fliegende Holländer, a VR film on Donizetti; revivals of Carmen (Gothenburg), La Clemenza di Tito (Liceu), La Traviata (Seville, Liceu).

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