Artistic Director of Classic Lyric Arts
Glenn Morton has shaped a career as a vocal coach and teacher of diction and vocal literature in New York over the past 30 years. He currently serves on the faculties of Mannes College the New School for Music, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.
He received a Bachelors degree in piano performance from Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from Manhattan School of Music, and has worked for opera companies in the US and Canada as an assistant conductor, program director and diction coach in Italian and French. These include the Opera Company of Boston, Tulsa Opera, New Orleans Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Santa Fe Opera and Glimmerglass.
He is the Artistic Director of Classic Lyric Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization providing advanced training in the techniques and traditions of French and Italian lyric music to emerging opera singers. In 2009 he established CLA Italy/La Lingua della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and in 2012 founded CLA France/L’Art du Chant Français in the Périgord region of France.
CLA France “L’Art du Chant Français”
Founder of L’Art du Chant Français
French tenor Michel Sénéchal led a brilliant career, starring on the world’s most prestigious stages including the Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Milan, London, Bruxelles, Moscow, Madrid, Barcelona and San Francisco opera houses as well as the Metropolitan in New York. He can be heard on over a hundred recordings. Renowned for his impeccable style and dramatic presence, he was one of Karajan’s preferred singers. The maestro invited him to perform in Mozart’s greatest operas in Vienna, where he also took on many other prominent roles alongside the most celebrated singers of our times, under the most renowned conductors.
Established as an absolute master of French singing, he was professor and director at the Opéra de Paris School for fifteen years, being instrumental in the evolution of many of today and tomorrow’s stars including Roberto Alagna, Nathalie Dessay, Uria Monson, Ludovic Tésier and Renée Fleming.
He has offered classes at Columbia University and New York’s Mannes College. He also gives master classes to young singers at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera and teaches at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal.
After making his debut in 1950, he continued to be active for over 60 years as a performer and master teacher.
Vocal Coach/Co-Director of L’Art du Chant Français
Lyric tenor Stephane Sénéchal is widely recognized as an ambassador of French opéra and mélodies in major European music venues, carrying on the traditions of singers such as Vanzo, Souzay, and his long-time mentor, Michel Sénéchal who specialized in French lyric art.
He studied voice and piano at the Bordeaux Conservatory, as well as Literature, Political Science and Geopolitics at Bordeaux and the Sorbonne. He continued his vocal studies with the renowned French contralto Jocelyne Taillon, and participated in masterclasses with Montserrat Caballé, Ilena Contrubas and Régine Crespin.
He has won several national and international vocal prizes in Luxembourg, Vivonne, Barcelona (Viñas) and Toulouse where he took the “Grand Prix Fauré” at the Concours International d’Interprétation de la Mélodie Française. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Lyric Circle in France.
The European press (London Times, Opera Mag, Lyrica…) has praised his many performances in works of Offenbach, his recording of the role of Florestan in Un Mari à la porte under maestro Vassily Petrenko, and his performances of Gerald (Lakmé), Werther, Nadir (Pearl Fishers) and Oronte (Alcina) at Aix en Provence under Maestro Spinosi. “This tenor sang with elegance and aplomb! He’s the best tenor of French style” London Times.
He has performed in numerous theaters such as Paris’ Opéra Comique, the Salle Gaveau, Cortot, Aix en Provence, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Lyon, Dijon, Compiegne, Metz, Sofia, Dublin, St. Petersbourg, Madrid, Valladolid, Grenade, Budapest, Liverpool, Seville, Luca, Dussuldorf, Hanover, and in international festivals under prestigious conductors.
After completing his musical studies at the Maîtrise de Radio France and at the Conservatoire National de Région of Boulogne-Billancourt, where he obtained 1st Prizes in piano, percussion, harmony and counterpoint, Gaspard Brécourt began a professional career as coach and répétiteur in French theaters including Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg and abroad at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos-Aires. He has performed frequent recitals with singers such as Irina Vassilieva, Aurélie Loilier, Isabelle Philippe, Armando Noguera, Olivier Heyte, Mathias Vidal and Martial Defontaine. During this period he assisted Maestro Marek Janowski at the Radio-France Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique and collaborated with Maestro Jean Fournet on French lyric repertoire.
Since 2005, he has conducted Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with the lyric company Al’Opéra, Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Chamber Orchestra of Versailles and Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Ostinato Orchestra. He also conducted this ensemble in concerts during its residency at the Paris Opéra Comique.He was Musical Director of the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons, conducting Une Éducation Manquée by Chabrier, Jean de Paris and Ma Tante Aurore by Boieldieu, L’Arlésienne et Djamileh by Bizet and numerous symphonic concerts.
In 2009 Maestro Brécourt made his Japanese debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in an all-French program, as well as the world premiere of Cyrano et Roxane by the Greek composer Stavros Xarhakos at the National Greek Opera in Athens. In 2012 he conducted the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Debussy, as well as Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Festival de Saint Céré, France. Website: www.gaspard-brecourt.com
An instrumentalist and composer, Raphaël moves between classical and popular forms. After winning first-prize as a cellist in Paris, he turned to lyric singing, in which he earned degrees in Paris and from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. His love for Opera and French literature has led him to teach at the EMION music school in Normandie.
While in New York he became a French diction coach for singers (Opera Orchestra of New York, MSM…) and created an Opera & French literature class at the Alliance Française–French Institute.
He has written original scores for theater and dance performances (Le dibbouk by Shalom Anski, L’île des esclaves and Le petit maître corrigé by Marivaux).
Passionate about cinema, he has composed and recorded soundtracks for several commercials and short films, including The Piano Tuner (L’accordeur–César for Best Short Film), Unicornio (Rodrigo Bellott) and Témoins (David Koch) in 2016.
He designed the sound environment and wrote the music for the web documentary A Whaling Season In Alaska (Victor Gurrey & Zoé Lamazou). He co-wrote the original soundtrack for To Whom It May Concern (Manu Boyer) as his first feature film score.
Raphaël appears frequently in a range of venues, from la Fête de l’Huma to Bus Palladium to Solidays. He performs in various collaborations, including a solo project under the name SHERIFF.
Sursis will be his debut as a film director this year.
Pauline van der Heijden
Pauline van der Heijden grew up in a large family where music, especially classical music, was part of every day life, and she studied piano during her teenage years. Music, in a wide range of styles, continues as an integral part of her life.
In 1983 she graduated in Museology and Museography at the Reinwardt Academie in Leiden. She worked in several regional and historical museums in Holland, followed by a period of 13 years where she worked as a government consultant for the fine arts.
Pauline received her yoga education in Holland, at the Saswitha Stichting for Yoga and Oriental Philosophy, with a specialization in Hatha Yoga and the Chakra’s, the interface between the physical and the energy-body.
In 2005 Pauline moved with her husband and her two children from Holland to France. After having worked at the Tourist Office in the small medieval town of Belvès where she lives, she started her own yoga company in 2016: YOGACTION l’art de vivre.
She teaches yoga in Belvès, Trélissac and Bergerac in groups, and works as a yoga coach with individuals. She organizes yoga walks in the beautiful Dordogne countryside as well as yoga seminars.
CLA Italy “La Lingua della Lirica”
Vocal Coach/Director of Voci nel Montefeltro
Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri served as musical collaborator and coach at the Rossini Opera Festival from 1986 through 2001. A member of the faculties at The Rossini Conservatory and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro, Italy, he has collaborated with some of the major singers of our time, including Luciano Pavarotti, appearing in a documentary on the tenor’s career. He is the official accompanist/coach for the Maria Callas International Competition. His master classes on the art of bel canto have been presented at the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.
He has served as the primary coach for the Italian operatic repertoire for Voci nel Montefeltro for five seasons. Soon to be published in English is Maestro Fabbri’s A Practical Study of Italian Diction and Phonetics for Opera Singers. Website: www.vocinelmontefeltro.org
Maestro Roverelli graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in 1995 with honors.
At nine years old he was awarded the second prize in the “Pianists Cup of Italy”. Since then he has won numerous awards in national and international competitions (including 6 first prizes). He debuted in a solo recital at 12 years old and has regularly appeared in recital and as piano soloist with major Italian orchestras.
Outside of Italy he has performed in prestigious concert halls including Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, the Salon Dorado of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Wells Cathedral in England and the Liszt Museum in Budapest.
He has also collaborated in recital with numerous international opera singers such as José Carreras, Franco Bonisolli, Leo Nucci, Fiamma Izzo D’Amico, Alberto Rinaldi, Bruna Baglioni, Giuseppe Taddei, Fiorenza Cossotto, Adriana Romero and Janet Perry.
He serves as a pianist for singers at the prestigious Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and has collaborated with the conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jeffrey Tate, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Myung-Whun Chung, Georges Prêtre, Daniel Oren and Antonio Pappano. He is also the official accompanist for numerous international singing competitions.
Raphael Fusco is an award winning keyboardist, conductor, and composer active throughout the US and Europe. He has led productions with New Opera NYC, Morning Side Opera, Amato Opera, Boston University, and Company XIV and has appeared as guest conductor at Teatro Grattacielo, Harlem Opera Theater, Oregon Bach Festival, and Siena Summer Music Festival. Since 2010 Raphael has been music director for ¡Figaro 90210!, the critically-acclaimed, modern adaptation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro by Vid Guerrerio. The New York Times hailed, “Raphael Fusco led with verve and precision,” while Plácido Domingo raved, “Figaro 90210 is hands-down the best opera update I’ve seen.”
He has performed as harpsichordist and pianist in Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, The Kimmel Center, Tuscia Opera Festival, Teatro degli Astrusi and other renowned venues. Praised “a lively player and fine improviser” by the Los Angeles Times, Raphael has worked with world class artists and ensembles including Branford Marsalis, Daniel Rowland, American Ballet Theatre, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. He has received awards from the Alienor Harpsichord Competition, American Prize for Music, Bohuslav Martinu Composition Competition, and two artist residencies at the Piccola Academia di Montisi.
Mr. Fusco holds degrees in composition and piano from the Mannes College of Music and completed studies at the Conservatorio G. Verdi di Torino, Vienna Konservatorium and Paris Schola Cantorum. For more information please visit www.raphaelfusco.com.
Daniele Piattelli has thirty years of experience as a pianist, vocal coach and conductor. Currently, he is engaged as vocal coach/répétiteur at the Conservatory of Cagliari (Italy) and collaborates periodically with the Teatro Regio di Torino.
He received his training in piano performance at the Florence Conservatory, and with Bruno Canino in Seveso. He received a degree in Composition from the Milan Conservatory, and studied conducting with Maestri Jorma Panula, David Gilbert and Joseph Collaneri. He also attended the prestigious Young Artists Program at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera.
He has worked professionally as a répétiteur/collaborative pianist/coach at the Teatro Sperimentale of Spoleto, the Arena di Verona, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, the Academy of Vocal Arts, University of the Arts, Temple University, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Bohème Opera Trenton, and Swarthmore College. Most recently he has served on the staffs of the Caramoor Festival, the Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Yale University, Fletcher Institute, Bronx Opera, Assisi Festival, Operaworks, Oberlin in Italy and Mediterranean Opera Studio. He has been a resident coach for the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen and currently serves on the staff of the Conservatory in Cagliari.
He is also active as a recitalist, both as soloist and as collaborative pianist. He has performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and the Italian Cultural Institute of Copenhagen.
Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Danish, German, French and Spanish.
Stage Director/Acting CoachPaolo Baiocco
Architect, set and costume designer, stage director, and writer of more than 30 plays. His early studies in music as well as classic and modern dance led to his graduation from the Classic High School, and in 1980 he received a degree in Architecture, with a focus on the origins of Italian Theater. He studied acting and theatrical production with director and theorist Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, and in Denmark at the Odin Teatret under Eugenio Barba. In 1980 he founded his own theater company, producing over 30 classic and contemporary plays. Two of his own works were published in the theatrical magazine, SIPARIO.
In 1982 he appeared as an actor/mime in Franco Zeffirelli’s film of La Traviata with Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas, as well as in Pierluigi Pizzi’s production of La Battaglia di Legnano at the Opera di Roma, leading him to a career in opera as a director and set and costume designer. He collaborated with writer and director Giorgio Pressburger, and has written screenplays for both television and film.
He has directed operas internationally in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), France (Tours and Rouen), Greece (Festival of Tessaloniki), Spain (Barcelona) Hungary (Budapest), Korea (Seoul and Daegu), the Mongolia National Opera, the National Theater of Belgrade and the National Theater of Cyprus. In Italy he directed operas for the Lyric Theater of Spoleto, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Theater of Sassari, the Verdi Theater in Messina (Sicily), the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as well as at festivals in Tolentino and Narnia and for the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation. For La Scala he directed 25 opera-videos about Maria Callas and planned the exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of her death. He also created tributes to Callas for theaters in Genova and Ischia.
He has worked at the University of Perugia as Professor of Performing Arts and Stage Direction, and has directed young opera singers at the Narnia Festival and in workshops in New York City.Website: www.paolobaiocco.net
Italian Language Teacher
A native Italian speaker, Ilaria Ciccioni has developed an interest in foreign cultures and languages. She graduated in 2004 from the University of Bologna with a master’s degree in translation and conference interpreting.
Since 2002, she has worked as a teacher of Italian for international students in various private schools, where she has combined her interest in language with her love for culture, art and history. Her teaching method involves comparative studies of grammar rules between Italian and other languages, as well as speaking and listening activities. She also offers field trips to many artistic and historical sites, especially in the Montefeltro and Valmarecchia regions. Ilaria is currently a freelance translator and interpreter, having received post-graduate training in translations of law related documents, and is a member of the Italian Translators and Interpreter’s Association–AITI. She is a permanent faculty member of Voci nel Montefeltro, and in 2008 received the DITALS ll certificate for teachers of Italian as a second language, from the University of Siena. Website: www.keytraduzioni.com
Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi
Italian soprano Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi is one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian and French opera. Her roles include Mimì (La Bohème), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Desdemona (Otello), Violetta (La Traviata), Liù (Turandot), Magda (La Rondine), Micaela (Carmen), Adalgisa (Norma), Thérèse (Les mamelles de Tirésias), and the title roles in Maria Stuarda, Belisario, Adriana Lecouvreur and Suor Angelica. She has performed at prestigious theaters throughout Italy and France such as La Scala (Milan), Arena di Verona, San Carlo (Naples), Teatro Comunale (Florence), Teatro Regio (Parma), Théâtre Royal (Versailles), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), as well as Zurich Opera, the Staatstheater of Stuttgart and Michigan Opera Theater (US debut), working with directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Johathan Miller, and Francesca Zambello, and conductors such as Eve Queler, Daniel Oren, Jeffrey Tate, Roberto Abbado, Lorin Maazel and Placido Domingo. She has been awarded the prestigious Albo D’Oro Giacomo Puccini from Torre del Lago, the Victoire de la Musique from the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and the first prize from the Francesco Paolo Tosti International Competion. She is considered one of the leading interpreters worldwide of the music of Tosti.
Ms. Lombardi is also committed to working with emerging young artists, teaching bel canto technique and interpretation at Daltro Canto (Rome), L’Istituto Tostiano (Tokyo and Ortona), and has coached students at the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College (New York), and with Classic Lyric Arts, Italy. Website: www.dannunziolombardi.net
Michael Sheetz joined the Classic Lyric Arts/Italy team in 2009, assisting in the preparation of opera choruses and scenes, and serving as music coordinator. In July 2013 Michael became the first Assistant Music Director of Musica Sacra, a full-time Music Associate at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and conductor for the Wallace Hall and Parish Community Choirs; he is the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Fairfield County Chorale, and most recently was appointed as a teaching fellow at the Juilliard School.
In 2013, Michael has served as assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, and has accompanied choral performances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall under the batons of John Nelson, Maria Guinand and David Rosenmeyer. He has served as the accompanist for the Oratorio Society of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus under maestro Kent Tritle.
Michael was the pianist on a critically acclaimed recording of the St. Ignatius Children’s Choirs. He has recently performed for live broadcasts on WQXR and Vermont Public Radio, and has made recital appearances in Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall. A native of Long Island, New York, Michael holds a Master of Music and two Professional Studies degrees from Manhattan School of Music in accompanying and conducting. He is a graduate of Vassar College.
Our Board of Directors
Glenn Morton, President
John Hunter, Vice President
Charles Perrier, Treasurer
Alan Frankel, Secretary
Maria Elizabeth Miller, Development Coordinator
Elizabeth Pérez, Social Media Content Developer
Angela Joy Lamb, Website Development Assistant
Angela Candela, Administrative Assistant