Antonio Barasorda was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He made his operatic debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, with Díaz and Corena in 1971. Highlights of his early career include “Barbiere di Siviglia” (1972), Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1973), “La Traviata” with Scotto (1974) “Il Conte Ory” (as Ory.N.Y.C.1974) “Barbiere” with Roberta Peters and Jerome Hines, Newark(1975), “Le Roi D’Ys” in Wexford Festival 1975) “Barbiere” in Paris and Angers (1975) Mme. Butterfly and Falstaff (Pittsburgh 1976-77) and Macbeth in Boston. Between 1977 and 1980, he sang Almaviva, Ottavio, Mozart’s Requiem and La Favorita in Venezuela, Ottavio and Hoffmann in Chile. Since joining the Metropolitan in 1993, he has sung: Radames, Canio( debut with Milnes), Pollione, Manrico, Cavaradossi, Andrea Chenier and Cyrano de Bergerac.Read More
In 2000, he sang his first Otello in Montreal, where critics hailed his triumph and proclaimed him worthy succesor of Vickers. He has performed Otello inNew York, San Francisco Opera, Puerto Rico, Miami, Palm Beach, Aspen Music Festival, Cleaveland , Mexico City, Toluca, Baltimore, Bogota, and Argentina. In 2004 he ventured into the Wagnerian repertoire, as Tristan to Jane Eaglen’s Isolde to great critical acclaim. On the concert scene, has appeared at the Casals Festival in the Cantata for Tenor and Horn, by Stravinsky, Beethoven’s Ninth Simphony and The Credo by Penderecky. He has also sung the Verdi Requiem in Ottawa and San Juan.He has recorded, in addition to Macbeth, Stiffelio by Verdi, A Portrait of Bolivar, commissioned by the Venezuelan goverment, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the “Libertador”. On the popular field, he has recorded two records of popular Latin American ballads. He has performed almost every tenor role and many leading baritone roles in zarzuela as well. Having founded and directed Teatro de la Opera in San Juanin 1981, he has ventured into stage direction, directing Pagliacci, Cavalleria, Barber of Seville, Elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, A Little Night Music, and Dialogue des Carmelites among others. In 2005 Barasorda created “Opera al Fresco,”a summer opera festival which presents full productions in public historic buildings completely free of charge for the public, thus creating a new audience while providing acultural platform for the masses.
For over 20 years Beth Roberts has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator. She has been on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001. Her voice studio at Mannes has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, including the San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Saint Louis Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala. Students of Ms. Roberts have been finalists and winners of such major vocal competitions as the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, the Jenny Lind Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Giulio Gari Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition.Read More
Others have entered young artist programs at Merola, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Chautauqua. Ms. Roberts has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (with the University of Cincinnati), a guest lecturer at the Classical Singer Convention, and an adjunct faculty member at the Westminster Choir College. She has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Finals of the Concours de Musique du Canada. She is currently a faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute, and she gives frequent master classes at Yale University. A lyric soprano, Ms. Roberts has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Opera, and performed numerous concerts at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall. She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Winner and a Liederkranz Foundation Competition Winner. She has also recorded for radio and television. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Screen Actors Guild.
Mark Schnaible has served on the voice faculties of the summer opera programs; International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, Intermezzo Foundation in Hartford, Connecticut and Brugge, Belgium, Sherrill Milnes VoicExperience Foundation in Disney, Tampa, Florida as well as Savannah, Georgia and the LidalNorth International Opera Workshop in Oslo, Norway. He is a former Associate Professor of Voice at Boston University, a former Visiting Associate Professor of Voice at Rutgers University and remains on the voice faculty of Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Since 2001 he has maintained a private voice studio in New York City where his students continue to excel and have been chosen for young artist programs including Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Santa Fe Opera Apprenticeship Program, Ohio Light Opera, Sarasota and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program as well as winning numerous competitions in both the United States and Europe.Read More
Bass-baritone Mark Schnaible has sung with Oper Leipzig, Theater Lübeck, Bergen National Opera, Polish National Opera, Athens Megaron Theater, Wien Modern, Zürich Opera, Choregies d’Orange Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and with such notable conductors as Bertran de Billy, Edo de Waart, Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson and Franz Welser-Möst. He holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree for his contributions to performance and teaching. Mark Schnaible lives in New York City with his wife Patricia and their miniature Havanese Panda.
Providence born soprano, Maria Spacagna, has been a regular guest artist at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared at the New York City Opera, the Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo, the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, the Spoleto Festival, the Zurich Opera, Bavarian State Opera of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Theater of Cologne, Opera Theater of Montreal, Canadian Opera, Shanghai Grand Opera, Capetown Opera of South Africa and many others. She was the first American-born artist to perform the role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at La Scala. She has recorded for Vox Classics, the first commercial recording of the 1904 La Scala world premiere version of Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY.Read More
VARIETY, the American daily of the entertainment industry has written, “Spacagna is the Cio-Cio-San of our generation”. The Spacagna Butterfly was selected by FANFARE, the recording industry quarterly, as one of the three opera “recordings of the year” for 1997. Fanfare, places her recording of the role along with those of Tebaldi, Scotto and Toti dal Monte. Her recordings of the title role of Mascagni’s Lodoletta for Hungaroton and Vivetta in Cilea’sL’Arlesiana for Harmonia Mundi have earned critical acclaim. Ms. Spacagna is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Master of Music in Voice with Distinction. She was honored with an Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 from NEC. She was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center at the Julliard School of Music. She is the recipient of 2 George London grants, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Distinguished Performance Award. Ms. Spacagna is a recipient of a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In March, 2012, she received an award from the Italian Consulate General in Boston for Outstanding Achievement in Art, Culture and Entertainment. She is also Honorary President of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and has received its first Distinguished Artist Award. At the invitation of its founder, Sherrill Milnes, Ms. Spacagna is a faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience, a training program for emerging professional singers. She was Lecturer in Voice at Boston University, College of Fine Arts from 2005 until 2012. Presently, she is Associate Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts.
Stella Zambalis has appeared with many of the leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera as Cherubino in The Ghosts of Versailles, New York City Opera as Magda in La Rondine, Micaela in Carmen and Mimi in La Boheme, Houston Grand Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Musetta in La Boheme and Nedda in I Pagliacci, Seattle Opera as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte and Sophie in Prokofieff’s War and Peace, Florida Grand Opera as Adalgisa in Norma, to name a few. Read More
Internationally, she has performed with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Mimi in La Boheme and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy as Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. On the concert stage, Ms. Zambalis has performed in Santiago, Chile for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Houston, Pittsburgh and San Francisco Ballets for Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Houston Symphony in solo quartet of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with Mischa and Cipa Dichter, with the late Robert Shaw in Verdi’s Requiem, Orlando Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Greenville Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem, San Antonio Symphony as Countess and Hanna, Arkansas Symphony as Mimi and Tosca, Opera Orchestra of New York with Ma. Eve Queler in Carnegie Hall as Sara in Roberto Devereux and Walter in La Wally, The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy as soprano soloist in Menotti’s Mass and his Cantata to St.Teresa of Avila:Muero, Porque no Muero, which she also performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin. Also in Berlin Ms. Zambalis was a featured soloist under the baton of Raphael Frübech de Burgos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra. On recordings, Ms. Zambalis may be heard as Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s unfinished work: Romeo and Juliet: Overture Fantasy with the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra for Koch International, and a solo album featuring three complete solo song cycles by Dvorák for the Opus label.
Laura Brumbaugh is a vocal coach and staff accompanist at DePauw University and is on the faculty of the Savannah Voice Festival.She also serves as music director for the Centerstage Theatre Company’s summer productions in Boulder, Colorado. Read More Equally at home with instrumental collaboration, she has performed in recital with principal musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. She has also performed at numerous national conferences, including the National Opera Association, National Flute Association, and the College Music Society. A champion of new music, Brumbaugh has worked closely with composers such as Mark Adamo and Gabriela Lena Frank on their music. Brumbaugh has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Savannah Voice Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Oberlin in Italy Festival. She received her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. In 2010, she graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory’s double-degree program with a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.M. in Piano Performance. Her principal teachers include Margaret McDonald, Mutsumi Moteki, Monique Duphil, and James Howsmon.[/expand
Brent Douglas, based in St. Petersburg, FL, is in his fifth year at VOICExperience. He is on the faculty at Eckerd College as piano instructor, Choral Director and staff accompanist. He plays piano in the Florida Orchestra and formerly the Springfield (MO) Symphony. He is a rehearsal pianist for St. Petersburg Opera and Organist/Choir Director at Our Savior Lutheran Church.Read More
Brent studied piano performance at Missouri State University and the University of South Florida on full academic and music scholarships. He is currently a graduate student in orchestral conducting at the University of South Florida, studying with Dr. William Wiedrich. In July, he studied conducting with Harold Faberman at the prestigious Bard College Conducting Institute. As a collaborative pianist, he regularly performs with Reflections Chamber Ensemble and the Eckerd Trio throughout the Tampa Bay area. He has given recitals throughout the country as a pianist, chamber musician, and organist. He has held positions with choruses, theaters, colleges, and opera companies as rehearsal pianist, coach and musical director. Brent is also an active studio musician and records regularly for singers and composers. As an arts administrator, Brent served as Managing Director for the Palladium Theater from 2000-2005 where he co-founded the Encore Chamber Music Series in 2001. He served as Operations Manager for St. Petersburg Opera from 2008-2010, and was on the Board of Directors for the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild where he oversaw the annual opera competition. Brent is an avid cyclist/runner/swimmer and completed his first triathlon in April 2015. He is the proud uncle of the 2 best nieces in the world.
Dan Gettinger is happy to be returning to the Savannah Voice Festival this summer, serving as musical director for the Festival’s finale concert.Other workshops Dan has participated in as a music director, vocal coach, and pianist, include Voicexperience in New York, Orlando, and Tampa; the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Illinois; Lidal North International Opera Workshop in Oslo, Norway; the Manhattan School Of Music Summer Voice Festival in New York; the International Vocal Arts Institute in TelAviv, Israel, and Montreal, Canada; and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Read More
Dan has worked as a coach and principal pianist for Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, rehearsing their productions of Macbeth, Barber Of Seville, Tales Of Hoffmann, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Rondine, Lucia Di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, La Traviata, Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Un Ballo In Maschera, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Thais, Otello, The Pearl Fishers, and Andrea Chenier. As a recital pianist, he has performed with Patricia Racette, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Florence Quivar. He has also served as a judge for prestigious opera competitions including the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition.
Dan has held university faculty positions at Florida International University; Brooklyn College; The Hartt School at The University Of Hartford, where he was the music director of the musical theater department; and Manhattan School of Music in New York, serving as the music director of the American Musical Theater Ensemble. In addition to opera, Dan is equally experienced in the genre of musical theater, having conducted productions of My Fair Lady, Carousel, and Sweeney Todd for Shreveport Opera, and having worked as assistant conductor of a national tour of A Little Night Music starring Patrice Munsel, as well as a national tour of No, No, Nanette starring June Allyson. He also worked as pianist and musical arranger for both Diahann Carroll and Debbie Reynolds for their nightclub acts at the Frontier, Desert Inn, Riviera, and Sands hotels in Las Vegas. Dan began his career singing and dancing in productions of summer stock musicals including Camelot, Cabaret, Mame, Oliver, Man Of La Mancha, and Fiddler On The Roof, hoofing alongside performers including, respectively, Hal Holbrook, Joel Grey, Ann Miller, Sid Caesar, Richard Kiley, and Robert Merrill.
Constantine Grame studied music with his father, Theodore Grame, and holds and Advanced Certificate in Piano from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London.He is Artistic Director of the New Century Opera and Music Director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Players (Clearwater). Read More
In recent years he has served as stage and musical director for Les contes d’Hoffmann, Der fliegende Holländer, Don Giovanni,Il trovatore,Iphigenie en Aulide, Carmen, Tristan und Isolde, La clemenza di Tito, Mefistofele, Die Entführung aus demSerail, Orfeo ed Euridice, all four operas of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Hänsel und Gretel andBabes in Toyland. His edition of the original Herbert/MacDonough text of Babes in Toyland has been recognized as the most authoritative version available today, and Mr. Grame is currently preparing the first printed orchestral score and parts from the original manuscripts. As music director he has directed The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, and many other works. As piano accompanist he has accompanied such distinguished artists as Sherrill Milnes, Maria Zouves, Stella Zambalis, Carole Cook, and Enrico di Giuseppe. He has appeared as tenor soloist in such works as Il barbiere di SivigliaandThe Mikado. He is an accompanist and voice coach and serves on the faculty of the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall). He serves as organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, St. Petersburg. His own opera, The Spoiler, premiered in Tarpon Springs in 2004 and was revived there in 2008 and 2012. In 2014—in recognition of his lifelong of dedication to the works for Richard Wagner—he attended the Bayreuth Wagner Festival as part of the Stipendiaten Programme, becoming one of very few Americans accorded this honour.
Equally at home in operatic, solo, and chamber repertoire, Tessa Hartle is currently a pianist/coach on the music staff of Opera Theatre of St. Louis and has previously served on the music staffs of Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. Read More
In addition to her work as a coach in the standard repertory,Tessa has also prepared and performed new contemporary American works, notably the world premieres of Greg Spears’ Paul’s Case (UrbanArias, Arlington, VA), and John Musto’s Later the Same Evening(University of Maryland Opera Studio.)A native of Pittsburgh, Tessa holds her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland –College Park. She is the recipient of the Gunther and Ilse Kern Grant for Opera Artists, awarded to her by Sarasota Opera during her first season with the company.
Coach and Collaborative pianist : She received her Bachelor of Music degrees from the prestigious Seoul National University in Korea, where she studied with Icjoo Moon and she began to establish her career as collaborative pianist. Read More
In 2010 she earned her Master’s degrees and in 2011 her Professional Studies degrees at Manhattan School of Music and during that time she studied with Thomas Muraco and John Forconi. She has been performing with an impressive list of talented singers and instrumentalists at well known venues such as the Weil Concert Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Concert Hall and Yamaha Concert Hall. In the field of Opera,her non- stop schedule has resulted in Martina Arroyo Foundation Summer Festival in 2009 as being rehearsal pianist and as being musical coach she worked for La Lingua della Lyrica Summer Festival in Italy in 2012 and Hawaii Performing Art Festival in 2013 and she also has worked with Long Island Opera in 2014 Season La Traviata. On top of that she has been performing major operas such as Cosi Fan Tutte(Mozart), Die Zauberfloete(Mozart), Rigoletto(Verdi), Falstaff(Verdi), La Boheme(Puccini), Madama Butterfly(Puccini), Tosca(Puccini), L’elisir d’amor(Donizetti) and Faust(Gounod). Besides that, she has been enthusiastic about contemporary opera as well so she has been working with Miriam Charney at Manhattan School of Music since 2008. Currently she has been developing her career as vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music since 2012.
Kristen Kemp has been a vocal coach and accompanist for over 20 years, having worked for Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Chelsea Opera, and Opera New Jersey, among others.Kristen was a music staff member at Sarasota Opera beginning in 2003, as well as the Studio Artist Director for 5 seasons.As a member of the coaching staff for Sherrill Milnes’ VOICExperience, she has had the pleasure of working with the programs in Florida and Savannah since 2010. Read More
Kristen is also very pleased to join Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts Institute this summer as a staff accompanist.
Kristen received her Masters Degree in Vocal Accompaniment and Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths and Donna Loewy.
Caren Levine, Pianist, has established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling artists. The San Francisco Chronicle described heras“a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. Read More
She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order.”An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young ArtistDevelopment Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan OperaHouse as Assistant Conductor/Prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received aGrammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic Live inHD,and received her second GrammyAward for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert,Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket among many others. She has been heard asa recitative accompanist and continuo player with the LA Philharmonic, Met Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and Vienna Philharmonic. An active performer, Levine has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flóres, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released in1996. She is Head of Music Staff at The Miami Summer Music Festival, and joined the faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2015. Levine is a protégé of renowned pianist, Samuel Sanders, whom she worked with throughout her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master of Music and DMA at The Juilliard School
Robin Andrew Stamper
Robin Andrew Stamper is currently the Managing Director of Opera Tampa, Music Director of the Florida Opera Theatre as well as chorus master and rehearsal pianist for Opera Tampa and the Orlando Philharmonic. This season for Florida Opera Theatre he will conduct The Tragedy of Carmen (Bizet/Brook) and Mozart’s Cosi fantutte.Read More
Having received his degrees in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, Mr. Stamper is a frequent performer as soloist and collaborative pianist. Upcoming is Florida Opera Theatre’s Opera in the Park concert series and several performances for the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Stamper will also be a featured soloist in Orlando’s Steinway Concert Series which will include three of Vladimir Horowiz’s virtuoso arrangements: Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Variations on a Theme from Carmen.
Melano, stage director, is an established figure on the international opera scene, having worked in leading opera houses throughout the world for more than 40 years. He began a long-standing relationship with the Metropolitan Opera in 1969 and has directed 21 operas there, among them seven new or revised productions.Read More
He directed Tony Randall in his last play, Pirandello’s Right You Are, with the National Actors Theater and staged a new musical, Asylum, at the York Theater Company. In April 2010 Juilliard presented his production of Dialogues des Carmélites, and the Met and Juilliard his production and staging of Armide in February 2012.
Joachim Schamberger works internationally as a Stage Director and Virtual Theater Designer. He has worked throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Norway, Israel, Japan and China.Read More
Productions include Die Zauberflöte, Don GiovanniCosì fan tutte, Idomeneo, La Finta Giardiniera, La Bohème, Tosca, La Rondine, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi, Aida, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Falstaff, The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, Carmen, Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor, Ariadne auf Naxos, Martha, Amahl and the night visitors, The Rake’s Progress, Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz as well as several modern operas. In addition to directing, he is a Visiting Professor of Opera at DePauw University and works frequently at music festivals and conservatories throughout the world. A graduate of the Musikhochschule in Würzburg, and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Schamberger studied digital film production and 3-D animation at the New York Film Academy. For more information please visit: joachimschamberger.com
Reviewed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski’s”, Jorge Parodi has conducted at the Teatro Colón and Buenos Aires Lirica, Volgograd Opera, The Banff Centre, Opera in Williamsburg, and the Castleton Festival, where he was assistant conductor to Maestro Lorin Maazel. Maestro Parodi is the Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, and the Music Director of the Senior Opera Theater at Manhattan School, where he has conducted all its productions to critical acclaim. Read More
Mr. Parodi is also a faculty member at The Juilliard School, MSM Summer Voice Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute, NYU and V.O.I.C.Experience, a vocal workshop under the direction of Sherrill Milnes.
Michael Ching (Composer and Librettist, ALICE RYLEY) is a composer, songwriter, conductor, and former arts administrator. His most recent opera, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! was commissioned and premiered by the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center. Read More
Since its premiere in July 2013, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! has been produced fifteen times, including professional productions at Tri-Cities Opera, Amarillo Opera, and Microscopic Opera (Pittsburgh), and universities such as UT-Austin, the University of Memphis, Ithaca College, and the University of Central Florida. His 1996 opera BUOSO’S GHOST is a sequel to GIANNI SCHICCHI. It has proved lasting, with recent performances at Texas State University and the UNC-Chapel Hill. It will be performed at University of Central Florida next season. His 2010 opera, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, opera a cappella was premiered by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, and DeltaCappella. A CD featuring the original cast was released on Albany Records in 2014. Other works include CORPS OF DISCOVERY, commissioned by the University of Missouri to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition and several one act operas. From 1993-2010, Michael was Artistic Director of Opera Memphis, where he was also General Director for much of the period. While at Opera Memphis, he participated in the seven million dollar campaign to build the Clark Opera Memphis Center, a headquarters and rehearsal studio for the company. He is currently Music Director of Nickel City Opera in Western New York, where he recently conducted their production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. This fall he will conduct his new orchestral reduction of Douglas Moore’s THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE at Amarillo Opera. Other guest conducting engagements have included companies in Honolulu, Nashville, Fargo, and New Jersey. Michael has served on the artistic staffs of the opera companies of Miami, Virginia, and Chautauqua, and was trained at the Houston Opera Studio, where he studied opera composition with Carlisle Floyd. Michael attended Duke University where his composition teacher was Robert Ward. Michael lives with family in Ames, Iowa.