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Faculty for the 2018 Summer Program in NYC will soon be listed:

FACULTY (2017):

Joan DORNEMANN, IVAI Co-Founder and Artistic Director Joan DORNEMANN
IVAI Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Joan Dornemann, Artistic Director and Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. In her position as Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, she has prepared the most prominent international artists for their performances at the Met. She has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Neil Shicoff, Juan Diego Flórez, and Anna Netrebko, among others. She has also collaborated with outstanding opera singers as an accompanist for many solo performances. Ms. Dornemann has been associated with the Gran Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, and the New York City Opera. At the Met she worked with such conductors as James Levine, James Conlon, and Carlos Kleiber. She prepared singers from the Kirov Opera for a recording of La Forza del destino and performances of Carmen and Aida under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and she was in charge of musical preparation for La Bohème and La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Paris. Ms. Dornemann was awarded an Emmy for her contribution to the highly acclaimed “Live from the Met” telecast of La Bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. She also teaches master classes throughout the world and is the author of Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera. She was honored by the city of Tel Aviv, which issued a commemorative stamp bearing her picture, and she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal.

Maestro PAUL NADLER - IVAI Co-Founder, Director of Musical Activities Maestro Paul NADLER
Co-Founder & Director of IVAI

Maestro Paul Nadler has distinguished himself as one of the world's most respected symphonic and operatic conductors. Since his debut in 1989, he has led more than 60 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting such stars as Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo. At the Met he conducted Dvořák's Rusalka (Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczala) as well as a new production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Other Met performances include Eugene Onegin (Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ramon Vargas) and Roméo et Juliette (Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani), as well as Tosca in Montreal and Naples, Florida, among others. Additional credits include his debut with the National Opera of Bucharest in Carmen and Don Giovanni, as well as productions with opera companies in Indianapolis, Utah, Calgary, Minnesota, Syracuse, Orlando, and Glimmerglass. Maestro Nadler returned to Opera Montréal for performances of Turandot and conducted La Bohème at Indiana University as well as The Merry Widow and Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. He is principal guest conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Romania) and also conducted gala performances in Beijing and in Alice Tully Hall for I Sing Beijing. He led concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Navarra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, and the orchestras of Bucharest, Iasi, and Brasov (Romania). His international engagements include conducting the Hong Kong Opera as well as performances in Plovdiv, Varna, and Russe (Bulgaria). In December 2002, he conducted at the Kennedy Center Awards ceremony in honor of James Levine. In 1974, Maestro Nadler founded the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, where he remained as music director and conductor through 1983.

Vocal Coach
Metropolitan Opera Lucy ARNER
Vocal Coach
Metropolitan Opera

Lucy Arner, Conductor, was appointed Music Director and Conductor of New Jersey Verismo Opera in the fall of 2015, becoming the first woman to hold this position in the company’s history. She has conducted all over the world and was the first woman to conduct opera in Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. She served as the Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Orchestra and the Principal Conductor of the Asociación Bel Canto in Lima, Perú. She received Florida Grand Opera’s Henry C. Clarke Award as the season’s outstanding conductor for her work on Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Prior to her concentration on conducting, she was on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera and the Liceu in Barcelona. She has coached and taught master classes all over the world, most recently in Moscow and Reykjavik, Iceland. Ms. Arner is currently on the coaching faculty of the Mannes College of Music and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Canto Vocal Programs, offering professional training for singers in Toulouse and Zagreb.

, Alexander Technique 
NYU, Juilliard Jessica CAMBIO
Voice Teacher

Hailed by the New York Times for her "agile coloratura and shimmering sound" Italian-American soprano Jessica Rose Cambio is thrilling international audiences and critics alike with her, "full-bodied Italianate soprano" (WQXR, NY) and her "depth, oozing sex appeal, sudden and disarming flashes of vulnerability, impressive development of the pathos of the character throughout, powerful soprano in top form vocally and largely at ease at the top and with something spicy in the colour of the voice that makes her genuinely exciting to hear." (Bachtrack, London). Ms. Cambio's upcoming engagements include a reprise as Nedda in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera, a debut as Liù in Turandot with Tulsa Opera, and a return to New York City Opera in the roles of Fiora in the Montemezzi rarity L'amore dei tre re and Magda in Puccini's La Rondine. Cambio completed her Bachelor of Music at Rhode Island College as a student of Maria Spacagna, her Master of Music at the University of Southern California as a student of Elizabeth Hynes, and her artist diploma at Mannes College the New School for Music as a student of Ruth Falcon. She spent many years in Italy as a star pupil of world renowned sopranos Renata Scotto and Mirella Freni and currently makes her home in New York as a student of Diana Soviero.

, Alexander Technique 
NYU, Juilliard Brent CHANCELLOR
Assistant Conductor

Brent Chancellor is an American conductor and composer currently serving as a Conducting Assistant with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor with the Montclair State University Orchestra and Opera, and is the founder and creative visionary behind LUX, an initiative to engage new audiences with symphonic music. 2016-2017 highlights include serving as Assistant Conductor for Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzen at the Festival Napa Valley, Assistant Conductor at the International Vocal Arts Institute and Cover Conductor for concerts with Leon Fleisher, Joyce Yang and Micah McLaurin.

Mignon DUNN, 
Mezzo-Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Manhattan School of Music Mignon DUNN
Mezzo-Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Manhattan School of Music

Mignon Dunn, Voice Teacher, has sung leading mezzo-soprano roles in the most important opera houses of the world, including La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera, the Paris Opéra, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the opera companies of Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, as well as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Opera Nacional in Chile, Mexico City’s Bellas Artes, the Opera of Puerto Rico, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and Opéra de Montréal. In the U.S. she sang at Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. At the Metropolitan Opera she sang more than 650 performances in 35 years. Ms. Dunn is known for her portrayals of dramatic Italian roles, such as Amneris, Azucena, both Laura and La Cieca in La Gioconda, the Princess in Adriana Lecouvreur, and Santuzza. Her French repertoire includes Dalila, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Carmen, which she has sung over 400 times in four different languages. Her German repertoire includes Wagner’s Ring, Ortrud, Kundry, Venus, Klytämnestra, Herodias, and the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Ms. Dunn has performed recitals all over the world and recorded for EMI, Erato, and Deutsche Grammophon. She has taught on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Illinois, Northwestern University, Brooklyn College, and for many years at the Manhattan School of Music.

, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Mannes College of Music Ruth FALCON
Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Mannes College of Music

Soprano Ruth Falcon, Voice Teacher, has won wide acclaim in performances at the leading opera houses in Europe. In 1989 she made a spectacular Metropolitan Opera debut as the Kaiserin in Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. The chief music critic for The New York Times said that "her robust and glistening voice easily pierced the lushest orchestrations." She has since sung many other leading roles at the Met, including Turandot and Chrysothemis. Born in New Orleans, Ms. Falcon was the winner of several important international competitions, including those of Bussetto, Vercelli, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, and the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. She made her professional debut as Micaëla at New York City Opera in 1974 and began her international career in 1976, when she joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Ms. Falcon has performed with many of the world's great conductors, including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, and Andrew Davis. She may be heard in recordings of Wagner's Ring and Die Walküre. Ms. Falcon is also a voice teacher of international reputation. She has trained many star performers on the operatic stage, including Deborah Voigt and Sondra Radvanovsky, and is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music.

Rob HOLLAND, IVAI Music Administration Rob HOLLAND
IVAI Music Administration

Rob Holland, Scheduling Administrator, comes to IVAI from the Sarasota Opera, where he has been the Assistant Artistic Administrator for the past nine seasons. Since 2010, he has also been the Program Coordinator for the Land of Enchantment Opera Institute in Gallup, New Mexico. Prior to his work in opera, Mr. Holland worked in regional theater with Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, Chamber Theater Productions, and Actors Guild of Lexington. His assistant directing credits include West Side Story and Uncle Vanya (dir: Julianne Boyd), and Exit and Entrances (dir: Benny Sato Ambush).

Hemdi KFIR, 
Language/Diction Coach
Metropolitan Opera; Israeli Opera Hemdi KFIR
Language/Diction Coach
Metropolitan Opera; Israeli Opera

Hemdi Kfir, Language Coach, has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera for the past several seasons. At the Israeli Opera she has been the language coach for the Opera Studio as well as for Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Il Trittico, Il Viaggio a Reims, Madama Butterfly, and Carmen. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and French from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in music and languages from New York University. She has received scholarships from IVAI, AICF, the Goethe Institute, and the British Council's BI ARTS program. She taught at Brooklyn College and at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, as well as coached immigrant actors in all of Israel's prominent theaters. Ms. Kfir joined IVAI's faculty in 1999 and toured with them to Japan, the U.S., Italy, China, France, Puerto Rico, and Canada. She worked at La Fenice, Venice (Parsifal), and edited Nico Castel's book of Handel operas. She has also made translations for titles, including Benvenuto Cellini, Le Coq d'Or (Gergiev's Festival in the Red Sea), Dido & Aeneas (Israeli Opera), Der Zwerg, Lost Childhood, L'Amico Fritz, La Rondine, Pelléas et Mélisande, La Fille du régiment, and Les Dialogues des Carmélites (IVAI).

Dietlinde Turban MAAZEL, Acting Coach, Rutgers University Dietlinde Turban MAAZEL
Acting Coach
Rutgers University

Acting Coach Dietlinde Turban Maazel’s first stage appearance at age 19 as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust in Munich brought her national fame.  In rapid succession she starred in Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm and as Desdemona, which earned her the Bad Hersfeld Festival Prize for Best Actress, and also in works by Anouilh, Brecht, Giraudoux, Pinter, and Rattigan. Ms. Turban won Germany’s coveted Bambi Award as “Best Actress of the Year” in 1983. Among her film credits: the title role in Goethe’s Stella and Luise in Schiller’s Love and Intrigue, Mozart’s sister-in-law Aloysia in the French biography, a starring role in Sidney Sheldon’s Bloodline, Euridice in the Ponnelle/Harnoncourt adaptation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and Mussolini and I, opposite Anthony Hopkins. In 2004 she performed her first one-woman play, Constantly Risking Absurdity, in New York. Ms. Turban has been a soloist/narrator with symphony orchestras and recorded a number of audio books as well as CDs. She also performs dramatic readings of literary masterpieces both in the United States and in Europe. She studied violin, classical dance, and voice in Munich, New York, and Aspen. Ms. Turban founded a private school for low-income families on her Virginia estate and developed a pilot educational project designed to explore new ways of integrating vital artistic and aesthetic values into school curricula. In addition to her role as Artistic Director and CEO of the Castleton Festival, founded by her late husband, Maestro Lorin Maazel, she teaches every summer at the Castleton Artists Training Seminar.  Since 2013 she has been on the faculty of Rutgers University, teaching “Acting for Singers.”

Joshua MAJOR, 
Stage Director, 
New England Conservatory of Music Joshua MAJOR
Stage Director
New England Conservatory of Music

Toronto-born Joshua Major, Stage Director, began his opera-directing career at the age of 23 with La Cenerentola for Opera Omaha. Soon after, he worked as an assistant to Rhoda Levine at Juilliard, Cynthia Auerbach at New York City Opera, and at the Welsh National Opera. Mr. Major has worked as a stage director for over 30 years throughout the United States and Canada, developing an impressive and diverse repertoire of productions. Recent productions include Ezio (Gluck), Sir John in Love (Vaughan Williams), Un Giorno di regno (Verdi) with Odyssey Opera, the North American premiere of Rossini's La Gazzetta, Die Fledermaus, Così fan tutte, and La Périchole (Offenbach) with the New England Conservatory, and The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) for both New England Conservatory and Cape Town Opera. Recent productions for IVAI include Zanetto (Mascagni), L’Amico Fritz (Mascagni), Les Mamelles de Terésias (Poulenc), L'Impressions de Pelléas (Brook/Debussy), L’Enfant et les sortilèges, and La Fille du régiment . In 2012 Mr. Major became Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music after completing 20 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he oversaw the Opera Program, both teaching and directing. He was the Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival from 2003 to 2014, where he produced over 300 concerts of opera, symphony, and chamber music. He continues to be a stage director and faculty member with the IVAI, where he has directed annually (Tel Aviv, New York, Montreal, Virginia) since 1993.

Olga MAKARINA, Voice Teacher, Metropolitan Opera Olga MAKARINA
Voice Teacher
Metropolitan Opera

Born in Archangel, Russia, Metropolitan Opera soprano Olga Makarina, Voice Teacher, made her first New York appearances at New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and performed there as Gilda, Konstanze, and Olympia.  Other roles include Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta (Kirov Opera), and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). In 2006, she took on the demanding role of Elettra in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting. She sang the role of Gilda in both the Met in the Parks and during the house season, and Elvira in I Puritani. Other roles include Adina, Norma, Lucrezia Borgia, and Lucia. She sang Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride with Olga Borodina with OONY in 2008 and returned to the Met in the following years as Manon, Thais, Gilda, Lucia, Antonia, Donna Elvira, Vitellia, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Violetta, Eudoxie, Elvira, and Rossignol. In 1997, Ms. Makarina debuted at the Kirov Opera as Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. In 1999, she sang her first Pamina in a series of special gala performances with OONY at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. She also performed concerts and solo recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, and sang the opening night gala of the Cesky Krumlov Festival with the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, which was televised in Eurovision.

Liora MAURER, Coach, 
Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera Alexis MARTIN
Alexander Technique

Alexis Martin, Alexander Technique (AmSAT), is passionate about helping young singers reach their potential though detailed exploration of mind-body awareness. A graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, Alexis has been invited to teach Alexander Technique at The Oyster Bay Music Festival, The Kaufmann Center, The International Masters Academy of Opera and master classes at Brooklyn College. She also served as a panelist for the 2017 Schuyler Career Bridges Grant.

Trained as a classical singer, Alexis participated in IVAI from 2000-2005 and became a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recipient of The Schuyler Career Bridges Grant. She was awarded First Prize in the Sun Valley Opera, Classical Productions and Friday Woodmere Music Competitions, received the Gold Medal from the Five Towns Music Foundation and won Second Prize in the Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos.

In addition to her Alexander Technique Certification, Alexis earned a Master’s in Music from Brooklyn College, an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and trained in the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program. She is currently on the voice faculty of Brooklyn College and maintains a private Alexander Technique studio in New York.

In addition to teaching voice and the Alexander Technique, Alexis enjoys an ongoing interest in mind-body wellness and maintains a regular Iyengar yoga and Vedic meditation practice.

Liora MAURER, Coach, 
Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera Liora MAURER
Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera

Born in Tel Aviv, Liora Maurer, Vocal Coach, joined the Metropolitan Opera as an assistant conductor during the 2008-09 season. She had been an assistant conductor at New York City Opera, beginning with the 1997-98 season. She was the recitative accompanist for several of their productions, including Don Giovanni. Opera News’s review stated: “Liora Maurer furnished fine harpsichord continuo,” and The New Yorker praised her playing and “witty adornments.” Ms. Maurer has also worked with Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Festival Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, the New Israeli Opera, and Spoleto Festival USA. She was the official pianist for the 2014 George London Foundation Competition. She was also a vocal coach for Elite Art UNESCO’s Opera Festival in Sibiu, Romania. A graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Maurer received a merit scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Beth ROBERTS, Voice Teacher, Faculty, Mannes School of Music Beth ROBERTS
Voice Teacher
Faculty, Mannes School of Music

For over 20 years Beth Roberts, Voice Teacher, has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator.  She has been on the faculty of Mannes College since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001.  Her voice studio has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, and her students have been finalists and winners of major vocal competitions all over the opera world. Through her affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department, she co-created a vocal pedagogy course and Professional Development Outreach for Mannes students in New York City public schools. Many of its graduates are now employed by the Metropolitan Opera Education Department and as music teachers at New York City schools. Ms. Roberts serves on the Education Committee of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and also served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions. A lyric soprano, she sang with many opera companies throughout the United States and performed numerous concerts.  She has also recorded for radio and television. Ms. Roberts earned her B.M. from the Eastman School and her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.

Jane STEELE, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado Jane STEELE
Vocal Coach
New Jersey State Opera

Jane Steele, Vocal Coach, is a freelance vocal coach and accompanist based in New York City. She earned her BA in music from Wellesley College while pursuing her other interests in languages and literature. She received her MM degree in vocal accompanying and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Steele has been a coach/accompanist at the Lidalnorth Festival in Oslo, Norway; the VOICExperience Foundation in New York; the International Institute of Vocal Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and IVAI in Tel Aviv. In 2002, she was a guest coach at the National Opera of China in Beijing. Ms. Steele was head of the coaching staff at IIVA in Chiari, Italy, from 1998 to 2008. She also held the position of Administrative Director of IIVA in Chiari and was the American liaison with the local Italian government. She has been the rehearsal pianist for numerous American companies, including New Jersey State Opera, DiCapo Opera, Opera Colorado, Natchez Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera and worked as a vocal accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. .She was also a guest artist at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

Lynn WARSHOW, Program Editor Lynn WARSHOW
Program Editor

Lynn Warshow, Program Editor, is a native New Yorker. For many years she was a copy editor at the publishing firm of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, working with a number of poets and novelists, many of whom were Nobel Prize and National Book Award winners. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College. A lifelong opera lover, she has been involved with IVAI since 2006.



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