Meet the Classic Lyric Arts Italy faculty.

Ubaldo Fabbri

Vocal coach & Co-director

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An expert in bel canto style that has collaborated with some of the major singers of our time, including Luciano Pavarotti

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 was also the official accompanist/coach for the Maria Callas International Competition. His master classes on the art of bel canto have been presented in the US at the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College. Additionally he is in demand internationally, offering classes in Japan, England, Belgium and Poland. He has served as the primary coach for the Italian operatic repertoire for Voci nel Montefeltro for fifteen seasons. Soon to be published in English is Maestro Fabbri’s A Practical Study of Italian Diction and Phonetics for Opera Singers. Website:

Paolo Baiocco

Stage Director & Acting Coach


Architect, set and costume designer, stage director, and writer of more than 30 plays

Paolo Baiocco's 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.

Mr. Baiocco 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.

Piero Corradino Giovannini

Vocal Coach


A conductor, pianist and operatic coach from Italy’s most illustrious theaters and schools including La Scala and the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma

A graduate in piano studies from the Conservatory of Cesena, and in orchestral conducting from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese. He later dedicated his time to the study of composition, horn, score reading, counterpoint and fugue.

He has collaborated with numerous opera theaters and conservatories throughout Italy (Teatro alla Scala- Milano, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino- Firenze, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, with Ettore Campogalliani) alongside illustrious conductors such as Muti, Prêtre, Mehta, Abbado, Giulini, Chung, Gergiev, Pappano, Ashkenazy, Tate, and Rostropovic.

He has conducted concerts with the Coro Filarmonico del Teatro alla Scala di Milano on numerous occasions as well as various instrumental ensembles. As a pianist, he has performed the operatic repertoire of Berio, Clementi, Vacchi, Morricone, Corghi etc.

Raphael Fusco



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 Mr. Fusco 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, he 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.

Mirco Roverelli

Vocal Coach


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.

Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi

Guest Teacher


One of today’s leading interpreters of Italian opera, as well as a unique and passional teacher of traditional bel canto technique

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.

Ms. D'Annunzio Lombardi 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.

She 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.

Ilaria Ciccioni

Language Studies


A language teacher whose method involves comparative studies of grammar, culture and history

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.

Ms. Ciccioni also offers field trips to many artistic and historical sites, especially in the Montefeltro and Valmarecchia regions. She 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.

Sandra Hormozi

artist agent/consultant


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. 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 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 Hormozi began at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She was a Studio Artist with Central City Opera, a Young Artist with Sarasota Opera and spent two summers as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera. She then completed two years as a Young Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, under the leadership of famed director, Tito Capobianco, where she performed a wide range of roles both in the mezzo-soprano and soprano repertoire. 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.