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      International Vocal School – annual charitable project aimed at supporting young opera singers – has been running in Moscow since 2000. The School program includes auditions, open lessons, master-classes, artistic meetings and discussions, conducted by prominent world class musicians from Russia, USA, Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany and other countries. Participation in the School is free and open to all young singers. Most gifted and advanced School participants take part in the School Gala Concerts, which are traditionally prepared and conducted by high level opera pianists such as George Darden (“Metropolitan Opera”, New York), Anna Margulis (“Novaya Opera”, Moscow), Richard Bado (“Grand Opera”, Houston). The Gala Concerts CD are recorded and distributed to world opera and music centers. On the basis of participation in the School many young singers receive invitations for training, recitals, music festivals, opera productions to most prestigious world opera stages. Young singers from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhnii Novgorod, Krasnoyarsk, Ekaterinburg, Kemerovo, Surgut, Makhachkala, Maikop, Khabarovsk, and other Russian cities, as well as from USA, Lithuania, Israel, Mexico, Latvia, Ukraine, Austria have attended the School. Participation in the School was an extremely important impulse to career for the whole generation of new Russian opera stars such as Lyubov Petrova, Rodion Pogossov, Ekaterina Syurina, Albina Shagimuratova, Vitaliy Biliy, Dmitry Korchak, Vassily Ladjuk, and other singers.

In different years vocal teachers at the International Vocal School have been

(in alphabetical order)

Richard BADO (USA) – A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989. Since then, Mr. Bado has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Opera National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Tulsa Opera, the Florida Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, and has conducted the Robert Wilson production of Virgil Thomsen’s Four Saints in Three Acts at the Edinburgh Festival. He appears regularly in recital with Renee Fleming and has also accompanied Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Denyce Graves, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, Ramon Vargas, Samuel Ramey and Nathan Gunn. Mr. Bado has studied advanced choral conducting with Robert Shaw. During 19 years Mr. Bado worked as the Chorus Master at the Houston Grand Opera. In the fall of 2005 Mr. Bado joined the faculty at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as Director of the Opera Studies Program. He has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Bado regularly judges for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and served as Houston Grand Opera’s Head of Music Staff for 14 seasons.

Giandomenico BISI (Italy) – Graduated from Conservatory as well as State University. As a singer (tenor) performed on the leading opera stages of Italy, taught vocal and scenic art in a Conservatory, was music director at Bellini Theatre in Naples and artistic planning director at Teatro Verdi in Salerno. Giandomenico Bisi organized opera productions in the most important theatres of Italy. Since 1996 Giandomenico Bisi as a director of “Melodramma” agency, which successfully represents singers acknowledged all over the world and is always searching for young talents.

Guida Gloria BORRELLI (Italy) – Graduated from the University of Naples. After graduating from Conservatory of Naples she started her career as a singer. Gloria Guida Borrelli is a prize-winner of such competitions as ENAL, Martucci ompetition in Spoletto, V.Bellini competition; she has won as well special prizes at Maria Callas and M.Battistini competitions. After making debut on the stage of Teatro in Spoleto, she performed on the important opera stages in Italy (Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Tetro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Carlo Felici in Genoa), and all over the world (Brussels, Antwerp, Klagenfurt, Budapest, Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo and others). Gloria Guida Borrelli toured with numerous concerts, performing in Italy, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain. She cooperated regularly with state orchestra RAI Uno, symphonic orchestras of Palermo and San Remo. Gloria Guida Borrelli is teaching vocal in the Conservatory “N.Sala” (Benevento). She cooperates with agency “Melodramma” in the field of organization of concerts and performances and works with singers, conductors and stage directors.

Robert COWART (USA) – Professor, main vocal speech specialist at the Metropolitan Opera. One of key world experts on diction and other speech and language aspects of opera singing. Has vast work experience with best American and European singers in establishing correct pronunciation while singing in various languages. Professor Robert Cowart conducts master-classes for singers in the USA, Europe, Israel, Australia. Teaches in most prestigious American conservatories: Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Professor Robert Cowart participated in such famous programs as Chakua Institute, the European Center of Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium, Australian Opera Fund, and others.

George DARDEN (USA) – Assistant conductor and pianist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Previously worked at largest opera theaters in the US: Houston Grand Opera, Texas State Opera, New Orleans Opera, Boston Opera, Baltimore Opera, Nevada Opera. George Darden graduated as a pianist from Indiana State University and Florida State University. He is an active concert pianist – he is plying recitals with world-famous singers such as Renee Fleming, Evelyn Lear, Hermann Prey, Sir Thomas Allen, Carol Vaness, Vinson Cole, and others. George Darden assisted Valery Gergiev in the production of Verdi’s “Otello” at the Metropolitan Opera. Participated in productions of “The Queen of Spades” with Domingo, “Traviata” with Fleming and Khvorostovsky, “Madam Butterfly” and “Russalka” by Dvorak. George Darden is a jury member of the National Council of Metropolitan Opera. Teaches at the Houston University, University of Missouri-Columbia (USA), Israel Vocal Institute in Tel Aviv, and many others.

Caroline DUMAS (France) – Professor, vocal teacher at the Paris Higher School of Music Ecole Normale. After graduating from the Paris National Conservatory, Caroline Dumas was invited as a singer to Paris Opera, where she performed the roles of Mimi (“La Boheme” by Puccini), Margerite (“Faust” by Gounod), Antonia (“The Tales of Hoffmann” by Offenbach conducted by George Pretre), Michaela (“Carmen” by Bizet), Donna Elvira (“Don Juan” by Mozart), Louise (“Louise” by Charpentier), Thais (“Thais” by Massnet), Lulu (“Lulu” by Berg), and others. Her stage partners have been Jose van Dam, Aleksandrina Milcheva, Alain Vanzo, Nadine Denise, Gabriel Bacquier. Caroline Dumas toured in Canada, Scotland, Germany, England, Belgium, Israel, and other countries. She regularly gives master-classes in Belgium, France, Egypt, Colombia, Arab Emirates, China, Lebanon, Syria, Japan.

Stephen KING (USA) – Professor and Chair of Vocal Studies at the Rice University. Baritone Stephen King’s singing engagements include opera, oratorio, and song. Stephen King has appeared as a soloist with more than 25 orchestras. Stephen King’s university students have been winners and finalists in competitions such as the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Finals, the Eleanor McCollum Competition, The Palm Beach Opera Competition, The Orpheus National Vocal Competition, the National Society for Arts and Letters National Finals and the Artist Award Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. These students have been invited to sing in some of this country’s most prestigious venues for young artists including the Aspen Music Festival, San Francisco’s Merola Program, Central City Opera, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass, and the Cincinnati May Festival. Additionally they have appeared with the opera companies of Omaha, San Diego, Nashville, Cincinnati, Birmingham, and Wiesbaden, Germany. . Stephen King’s students have come from Russia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America and throughout the US.

Sergei LEJFERKUS (Russia/UK) – Principal soloist at Mariinsky/Kirov Opera House in Saint-Petersburg during 70s-80s. Since the 1980s Sergei Lejferkus has appeared frequently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Opera Bastille, La Scala, San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Netherlands Opera, and others. He has also appeared with orchestras such as London Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philhamnonic, Philadelphia Orchestra under major conductors including Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Georg Solti. His operatic roles include Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa, Telramund, Klingsor, Pizarro, Amonasro, Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Scarpia, Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in La damnation de Faust, Escamillo, Rangoni, Prince Igor, lago, Nabucco, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra and many others. Sergei Leiferkus has recorded for BMG/Conifer with whom he has recorded the complete songs of Musorgsky, the first volume of which was nominated for a Grammy award, Decca, Philips, DG, Chandos, Sony and Teldec. Sergei Leiferkus has given memorable song recitals at various international venues. He has also given master-classes in Berlin, Toronto and Boston, and appears regularly in this capacity at the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh.

Anna MARGULIS (Russia) – Leading vocal coach of the Moscow Theatre “Novaya Opera” and coach at the vocal department of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Anna Margulis collaborates with such famous singers as Galina Pissarenko, Anatoly Kocherga, Vitaly Taraschenko, Lyubov Petrova, Nadezhda Serdyuk, Irina Romishevskaya, Olga Romanko, Ekaterina Sjurina, Vitaliy Biliy, Albina Shagimuratova, Rodion Pogossov, Ekaterina Godovanets, and others. Young vocalists coached by Anna Margulis have won prizes at prestigious international competitions in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (Russia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Oslo (Norway), Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Toulouse (France), Barcelona (Spain). Anna Margulis has been awarded Best Pianist diplomas at several international competitions. As assistant to the conductor and vocal coach, she participated in opera productions at such theatres as “La Fenice” (Venice, Italy), “Komische Oper” (Berlin, Germany), “Houston Grand Opera” (USA), European Center of Opera and Vocal Art ECOV (Gent, Belgium), and others. She worked on opera productions with such conductors as Michael Yurovsky, Eugeny Kolobov, Aleksander Anisimov, and others. Anna Margulis conducts master-classes in Krasnoyarsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Suzdal, Gent, Moscow, Houston, New York.

Rudolf PIERNAY (UK/Germany) – Vocal Professor. Graduate of the Hochschule of Music in Berlin and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Performed with solo recitals and in the cantata-oratorio genre in Europe (including Russia), USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New ealand. Worked at opera theaters in England. Rudolf Piernay sings in eight languages; his oratorio, concert and opera repertoire is very extensive. Moreover, he is a very experienced choral conductor. Presently Rudolf Piernay is a vocal professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (UK), Staatliche Hochschuhle fur Musik at Mannheim (Germany). He is constantly a visiting professor in many summer schools and opera studios (Chicago Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera), as well as at the New York Juilliard School of Music.

Galina PISSARENKO (Russia) – Professor at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. People Artist of the Russian Federation. Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of N.L. Dorliak. As the leading singer of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater (1961-1990) and Theater “Novaya Opera” (1990-1996), Galina Pissarenko performed more than 30 opera parts, including Tatiana and Iolanta in Tchaikovsky’s operas “Eugene Onegin” and “Iolanta”, Adina in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”, Fiordilidgi in Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte”, Mimi and Muzetta in Puccini’s “La Boheme”, Manon in the namesake opera by Massenet, Michaela in Walter Felzenstein’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen”. Years 1980-1993 were marked by prolific collaboration with the great Russian pianist Svyatoslav Richter. Under his direction Galina Pissarenko prepared several recital programs. For the performance of the Shimanovsky program, she was awarded the Polish prize “Orpheus” and the Medal “For achievements in development of Polish culture”. Graduates of Professor Pissarenko’s class include many laureates of international competitions. Galina Pissarenko gives vocal master-classes in different countries: Russia, Poland, Greece, Ecuador, USA, South Korea, Portugal.

Lenore ROSENBERG (USA) – Associate artistic administrator at the Theatre “Metropolitan Opera” (New York). Lenore Rosenberg graduated with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Arts from Oberlin Conservatory, and also received the artistic vocalist diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the “Metropolitan Opera”, Lenore Rosenberg held leading artistic management positions at the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, opera theaters in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Memphis, “Chicago Lyric Opera”. Lenore Rosenberg is one of the directors of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a jury member of the national council of the Theatre “Metropolitan Opera”, as well as a jury member of prestigious international vocal competitions such as Francisco Vinas in Barcelona (Spain), Hans Gabor International Belvederee Competition, Sydney Competition (Australia), Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in Saint-Petersburg, and the Elena Obraztsova Opera and Chamber Competitions in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.

Petr SKUSNICHENKO (Russia) – Professor and Dean of the Vocal Faculty and Manager of the Singing Departmen of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and started his career as a soloist at the Bolshoi Theater. Petr Skusnichenko has sung a number of leading roles in opera productions in Europe and USA. Laureate of a number of international competitions. Since 1980 Petr Skusnichenko is teaching as professor of vocal. His students are laureates of many international competitions and soloists of world opera theatres. Professor Petr Skusnichenko is member of jury of several international competitions. He gives master-classes in Russia, Germany, Finland, China, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, USA.

Alberto TRIOLA (Italy) – the artistic theatre director (Ponchielli (Ponchielli Ðînñhielli Ponchielliin Cremona (Italy) and the artistic adviser of theatre Carlo Felice in Genue (Italy) since 2002. From 1991 to 2002 he worked at Milan theatre La Scala as the assistant to musical head Riccardo Muti and formed casts and repertoire. One of heads of Festival «Le Mond» in Spoletto (Italy). He graduated from Milan Polytechnical University, Milan conservatory of J. Verdi, university Bologna (Italy). The organizer of the unique project of Italian TV ?- a concert in the Sistine chapel in honour of the Pope. The organizer of opera festival in honour of the 200 anniversary of J. Rossini. The founder of «OM Productions» and the General director «La Giovane Conobiana» which purpose is training and development of artistic activity of young opera singers. The author and the editor of a considerable quantity of publications, records and translations of opera music on radio and TV. A. TRIOLA – the judge of different international vocal competitions, the world-known expert of the Italian opera music, gives master classes and open lessons in the famous opera centres of the world.

Dmitry VDOVIN (Russia) – Manager of the young singers program at the Bolshoy Theatre. Graduated from Russian Academy of Theater (GITIS) where studied with Prof. Inna Solovyova. During the 1980’s – well-known opera critic. Director of the Center of Musical Theater at STD USSR (Union of Theater Professionals of the USSR). Organizer of several opera festivals and joint opera productions in Russia and abroad. Trainee (1992) and coach (1993) at the European Center of Opera and Vocal Art ECOV in Belgium. Trained in Italy (2000). Director and main voice teacher at the Summer Artistic school of Irina Arhipova (1999-2003). Adviser of the Russian-US Culture Foundation in San-Francisco. Gave master-classes in many cities in Russia, Gent (Belgium), Opera Studio at the Houston Grand Opera, San-Francisco and Berkeley (USA), Vienna (Austria), Mexico. Jury member of the International Glinka Competition (2003, 2005) and Bella Voce Competition in Moscow (2004, 2006, 2007). Dmitry Vdovin’s students include many winners and prize winners of the most prestigious international vocal competitions, such as Operalia of Placido Domingo, Fransisco Vinas (Barcelona, Spain), Neue Stimmen (Germany), Shizuoka (Japan), and others. These singers have appeared at the leading opera houses and festivals over the world – Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Opera Bastille, La Scala, Berliner and Wiener Stats Oper, Novaya Opera, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Pesaro, and many others.

Diane ZOLA (USA) – Artistic Administrator of the Theatre “Houston Grand Opera”, previously – Director of Houston Grand Opera Studio (young singers program). Graduated from Universities in Michigan and Texas. Additionally, studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria). As a dramatic soprano, Diane Zola performed as Lady Macbeth (“Macbeth” by Verdi), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (“Don Giovanni” by Mozart), Giorgetta (“Il abarro” by Puccini), Fiordiligi (“Cosi fan tutte” by Mozart) at opera theaters in Texas, Michigan, California (USA) as well as in Europe. She gave solo recitals in Toronto (Canada), Salzburg (Austria), New York, Minneapolis, Chicago (USA). Since 1995 Diane Zola has worked at Trawick Artists Management (USA) as an artistic manager. Diane Zola gives master-classes and consultations to singers at opera theaters and international vocal schools in New York, Houston, Minnesota, Baltimore, Utah, Yale University (USA), Lucca (Italy), and Russia. She is a member of the jury of many American and International Vocal Competitions such as Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Finals, the Hans Gabor International Belvedere Competition, the Eleanor McCollum Competition, and others, co-chair of the vocal section of the National Association of Artistic Managers and Agents.

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