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Alessandro Amoretti

Born in Livorno, Italy, Alessandro Amoretti is an internationally renowned vocal coach and pianist accompanist in several prestigious music institutions worldwide.

After having been Studienleiter (Head of Coaches) at the Opera Theaters in Bremen and Weimar, Germany, Alessandro has been freelancing since 2011. He has been working as vocal coach in several Opera Houses and Festivals as Glyndebourne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival, BBC Proms, Vienna State Opera, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Theater Aachen, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Drottningholm Theater, Norrlands Opera, Royal Opera Stockholm, Royal Opera Copenhagen, National Opera Warsaw, Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Stanislavsky Theater Moscow, Shanghai Opera.

Alessandro has been cooperating with conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gustav Kuhn, Arnold Östman, Marco Armiliato. In the last years he entertains a regular cooperation as musical assistent with Maestro Enrique Mazzola.

Alessandro is personal vocal coach of several internationally acclaimed singers, as Elena Maximova, Karine Babajanyan and George Gagnidze.

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Scott Barnes

Dramatic coach Scott Barnes graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as the musical theater kid who knew all the soprano operatic rep. (When he was a freshman, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Daniels, and Deborah Polaski were doctoral students.) Scott went on to perform on and off Broadway and around the country, sang on six of the Disney animated films (including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas), starred in scores of television commercials between 1977 and 1990. 

Scott is a two-time winner of the MAC award for NYC cabaret director of the year (five nominations), and has created acts for Bette Midler, Kathie Lee Gifford, Rita Moreno, Alix Korey and many other wonderful singers. He has produced and/or artistic-directed twenty-six CDs, and for four glorious years directed, managed, and publicized the late, legendary cabaret singer Nancy LaMott.  

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Kirsten Chambers

Dramatic soprano Kirsten Chambers is most known for her portrayal of the title role of SALOME, which she has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Hong Kong, & Florida Grand Opera. Her Carnegie Hall debut came on just two days' notice when she sang the fiendishly difficult role of Maria in FRIEDENSTAG by Richard Strauss with the American Symphony Orchestra. She first joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as a cover of Isolde in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and rejoined the Metropolitan Opera roster last season for DIE WALKÜRE and to cover Marie in WOZZECK. Her European debut was with the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Elsa in Lohengrin, a role she has since performed with Opéra de Rennes and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Favorite verismo operas are ANDREA CHENIER and LA GIOCONDA.

READ MORE: https://www.kirsten-chambers.com/

Sunnyboy Dladla

Tenor Sunnyboy Dladla made his successful BBC Proms debut in the 2018 festival with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, in the roles of Bete/Le petit vieillard/La théière/La rainette in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges. He later reprised these roles with the LSO and Rattle at the Lucerne Festival; and was then invited to return to the 2019 Proms to sing Mozart Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Nathalie Stutzmann. 

Other career highlights: Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Oper Stuttgart; Den Norske Opera; Oper Leipzig; Staatsoper Hannover, Orff Carmina Burana – Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Belfiore in Rossini Il viaggio a Reims & Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Maestro Alberto Zedda Theatro Rossini Pesaro (ROF), Petite Messe Solenelle with maestro Alberto Zedda in Portugal, concert with Cecilia Bartoli in Bozar, Brussels. He made his US debut singing Handel Messiah with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and Rolf Beck, which resulted in an immediate re-invitation to sing Mozart Requiem the following year with Christoph Eschenbach.

Read more: https://www.maxinerobertson.com/artists/sunnyboy-dladla/

Ricardo Estrada

Conductor, pianist and vocal coach Ricardo Estrada has collaborated with Theaters as Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Teatro Real de Madrid and Palau de les Arts de Valencia as Assitant Conductor, assisting maestros as Roberto Rizzi, Renato Palumbo, Christopher Franklin, Ramón Tebar, Oliver Diaz, Josep Pons, Patrick Summers, etc.

He has conducted prestigious orchestras as Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mallorca, Panama National Symphony Orchestra, Bolivian National Orchestra, Orquesta de la Academia del Gran Teatro del Liceo, etc. 

He has played and conducted in Gala Concerts for singers as Montserrat Caballe, Eva Maria Westbroeck, Inva Mula, Ermolena Jaho, Pretty Yende, Katerina Tretyakova, Saioa Hernández, Sabina Puertolas, Celso Albelo, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Gregory Kunde, Lucio Gallo, Giacomo Aragall, Joan Pons, Luciano Ganci, Maria Katzarava, Nadine Sierra, Levy Strauss, Mario Chang among others.

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Alan Fischer

American tenor Alan Fischer has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New Jersey State, Toledo, New York Grand, Palm Beach, Mississippi, National Grand, and the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A

Mr Fischer is an accomplished teacher specializing in operatic character development and audition presentation for singers. He has directed all across the United States. For nearly 25 years he seved as the Chair of the Vocal Music Department at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia where he has directed and conducted more than 35 opera productions. Some of his students have gone on to have major international careers singing at the top opera houses around the world. Alan has given master classes throughout the USA, and he has been recognized by the North Carolina School for the Arts as a 'Teacher of the Year', and recognized as a 'Super Teacher' by The Frost School of Music in Miami for his work with young singers. 

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Sandra Hormozi

Artist manager Sandra Hormozi is a member of the Encompass Artist Management team and regularly appears as the Professional Development Audition Masterclass guru in the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Premiere Vocal Arts Institute in Italy, the Narnia Festival and Festival Tagliacozzo. Sandra possesses the knowledge of the music, business, and philanthropic industries from the inside-out.

Known for many years for her singing, Ms. Hormozi’s background as a singer has given her fine-tuned appreciation for artistic excellence and the realities and practicalities of the current state of the industry. Her work with premier operatic artists and business leaders has set the bar high for artistic standards, tempered with a down-to-earth work ethic.

Sandra has also sung many concerts around the world and was a finalist of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has participated in numerous master classes and privately worked with Franco Corelli, Regine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Evelyn Lear, Martin Katz, Hermann Prey and Renata Scotto.

Anthony Manoli

Pianist and Coach Anthony V. Manoli has worked with some of the leading opera companies throughout the world including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Theatre Des Champs-Elysees, Opera Lausanne and L’Opera du Rhin as assistant conductor and coach/pianist. In addition, The Washington National Opera and LA Opera have engaged him as an assistant conductor.
Mr. Manoli has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Robert Shaw, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Bonygne and Sir Colin Davis. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Rockwell Blake, Edita Gruberova and Barbara Frittoli are just some of the singers with whom he has worked.

Mr. Manoli has coached for the Domingo-Cafritz Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. In addition, he has worked with the Canadian Opera Company’s Young Artist Ensemble as well as the Young Artist Program for Palm Beach Opera. He appears frequently with Sondra Radvanovsky in recital and has collaborated with tenor Matthew Polenzani in concerts within the United States. This year, Mr. Manoli will open the Cincinnati Opera Company’s recital series with the American tenor, Stephen Costello.

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Eleonora Pacetti

Eleonora Pacetti is currently the Director of “Fabbrica” Young Artist Program – Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma. She has previously served in important positions at several other prestigious organizations such as Teatro Petruccelli e Teatri di Bari – Casting Manager, Opera Studio Teatro Comunale di Bologna – Manager of International Projects, Teatro alla Scala, Milano – Assistant to the Artistic Coordinator and Casting Manager. She has also worked as Casting Assistant, Project and Tour Manager for a co-production between the Teatro alla Scala and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.  

As a coach for professional Opera singers she has been giving Masterclasses and Career Consulting focusing on audition preparation and repertoire. She is currently Music Coach, Italian and French Diction Coach for the Young Artist Program – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Ms Pacetti has also been Music Coach for the Baroque Academy at the Centre Culturel de rencontre, Ambronay and the opera Egisto by Cavalli at the Opéra Comique, Paris, Language Coach for the Juan Diego Flórez CD (Decca Classics) and the Nino Machaidze CD (Sony Music), Bologna. 

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Jorge Parodi

Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has been described by the New York Daily News as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski”. Maestro Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Recent credits include Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Tampa; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for New York City Opera, The Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica (Argentina); Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and The Banff Centre (Canada); Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann for Opera Orlando; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center and the World Premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, the latest opera by John Musto.

He has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Eglise Gutiérrez, Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Aprile Millo, and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel, among others. He currently serves as Music Director, Senior Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music and as vocal coach at the The Julliard School.

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Stefano de Peppo

Stefano de Peppo is one of opera’s busiest singing actors sought for Italian character bass parts. Theaters in which he has appeared include the Finnish National Opera, Teatro Argentina, Teatro Colon, Teatro Bellas Artes, National Theater of Costa Rica, New Israeli Opera, Royal Albert Hall (London), Los Angeles Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Minnesota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Palm Beach Opera, San Diego Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, and Washington National Opera among others.

A native Italian, Mr. de Peppo began his musical career as a member of the Children’s Chorus of Teatro alla Scala of Milan for seven years, after which he undertook vocal studies at Civic School of Music in Milan.

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Mary Pinto

Mary Pinto is an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach who has worked with major American opera companies for the past 25 years such as Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center, Dallas Opera, Opera San Antonio and Dayton Opera among others. While working for Opera San Antonio, in addition to her coaching and rehearsal pianist duties , she served as the audition pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, an honor she repeated in Chicago several years later.

A student of John Wustman, the renown accompanist for Luciano Pavarotti, Mary has had the pleasure of coaching several Opera stars such as the internationally acclaimed Met Opera soprano Deborah Voigt (as Ms. Voigt prepared the three Brunnhilde's for the Met's new production of the Ring Cycle during the 2011 and 2012 season), Denyce Graves and a young Susan Graham among others. 

Ms. Pinto is a member of the faculty at Montclair State and has been named Musical & Artistic Director of Opera at Florham NJ. In recent years she has served as official accompanist of the Gerda Lissner Foundation.

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Alexia Voulgaridou

World renowned soprano Alexia Voulgaridou came to international attention as Mimì in the Bregenz Opera Festival’s production of La bohème opposite the Rodolfo of Rolando Villazon. She has since been heard in major theatres throughout Europe including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera, Covent Garden. the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Hamburg State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin as well as in Valencia, Seville, Bordeaux, Geneva and Sydney.

In the 2007/2008 Alexia Voulgaridou made her debut at the Berlin State Opera as Mimì in La bohème opposite Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In June of 2008 she sang Mimì at the Teatro alla Scala under Gustavo Dudamel and in the fall of 2008, she made her debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in the same role. She subsequently added the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller to her repertoire in Valencia opposite Marcelo Alvarez and conducted by Lorin Maazel.

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