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.
L’art du chant français
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.
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
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.
Emanuele Moris was born in Imperia (Italy) on 20 March 1938. Since an early age he showed a great interest in classical music. Music became in fact his profession in life. He studied the Flute in Torino with Maestro Arturo Danesin and Singing with Miss Morano. After spending a number of years as a Flautist playing with Symphony Orchestras and Opera Orchestras in Italy as well as conducting the “Orchestra da Camera di Torino” in many concerts in Italy and other countries, he decided to come to London, where he studied conducting with the great English Conductor Sir Adrian Boult. Unfortunately, because of ill health, he had to abandon his playing and conducting and, on the advise of Sir Adrian, he became an operatic coach. Since 1983 he has been Professor of Italian Repertoire and also Italian Language for singers at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is also a coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, both for the Main House and for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme as well as for the National Opera Studio. He also works with the BBC Symphony Chorus, the English National Opera, the Opera North (Leeds). He is also a visiting Professor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow).
Stefano Sarzani cultivates an international career in both North America and Europe. In the summer 2017 he will be back at Des Moines Metro Opera, conducting Piazzolla’s masterpiece Maria de Buenos Aires and as associate conductor for Turandot. His recent engagements include conducting Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the University of Memphis and symphonic concerts with Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy). Lately, he has also worked for Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera) and Opera National de Lorraine (France).
Mr. Sarzani is recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career assistance Award 2016 and he has collaborated with symphonic and operatic institutions such Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Atlanta Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Equally versed in symphonic and operatic repertoires, he is also invested in cultivating interactions among music, multimedia, and other art forms: in Cincinnati his multi-art project (music-dance-poetry-visual art) on Das Lied von der Erde received great acclaim and was a big success.
Mr. Sarzani’s education observes the finest of both American and European traditions, represented by institutions including Indiana University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Monteux School, Conservatorio G. Rossini (Pesaro), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), and Accademia Musicale Pescarese (Pescara). In addition, he holds a master’s degree in political science from University of Bologna.
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
Mina Kim currently serves as the Head of Collaborative Piano at SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kim is an active concert pianist, conductor, collaborative pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. Ms. Kim earned a B.M. at Busan National University in South Korea, and a M.M. and an Artist Diploma at Purchase College in Piano Performance. In 2006 following the completion of her degrees at Purchase College, she was invited to join the Conservatory of Music as a member of the faculty and staff pianist. Since that time, Ms. Kim has remained active with the Conservatory of Music not only as a pianist but also as a coach and mentor to many music students. Ms. Kim’s previous performance highlights include the following. As a concert pianist, she performed with the Savaria Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, Ms. Kim made her New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after receiving the Artist International’s ‘Special Presentation Award’. Ms. Kim also participated in renowned music festivals such as the Vienna Music Seminar in Austria and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. As a vocal coach and a collaborative pianist she has been invited to summer opera programs in Italy, ‘Si Parla, Si Canta’ in Urbania in 2015-2016 and Classic Lyric Arts in Novafeltria in 2017. Recently Ms. Kim earned the Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Collaborative Piano at Mannes College, The New School for Music and was awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award upon her graduation. She is currently pursuing the PSD in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Maestro David Hayes at Mannes College. For the upcoming 2018 season, Ms. Kim will serve as the chorus master of The Mannes Opera and a guest conductor for The Purchase Symphony Orchestra. Also the summer, she is happy to return as a faculty and staff member at Classic Lyric Arts for both, France and Italy programs.
Our Board of Directors
Glenn Morton, President
John Hunter, Vice President
Charles Perrier, Treasurer
Alan Frankel, Secretary
Maria Miller, Development Coordinator
Elizabeth Pérez, Social Media Content Developer
Angela Joy Lamb, Website Development Assistant
Angela Candela, Administrative Assistant