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July 2 - 6, 2019 Roberta Cunningham, Lyric / Spinto Soprano

Living and Singing in Europe; Mindfulness for Singers; Tisch Talks; Breathing & Posture Workshop; Creating a German Resume for Agent Auditions

Roberta Cunningham – Lyric and then spinto Soprano. After attending AIMS, lived and sang in Europe for 25 years (Wien, München, Hildesheim, Münster, Rudolstadt, Stuttgart). Teaches voice in Berlin, Stuttgart and Münster.

Tisch Talk is an informal one-on-one Q&A discussion about living in Europe, singing for a living, audition repertoire, general advice for singers, practical aspects of AIMS and Graz, pats on the back, etc. Visit for descriptions about other classes, lectures and workshops.

July 3 - 5, 2019 Helene Schneiderman, Mezzo Soprano

Master Classes for Singers

Born in New Jersey, USA, Helene Schneiderman studied at Westminster Choir College (Bachelor of Music) and at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati.(Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Artist Diploma) When she finished her education in the US, she came to Germany to audition through AIMS and got her first solo position with the Heidelberg City Opera in 1982. She has been a member of the Stuttgart State Opera since 1984, who awarded her the title of “Kammersängerin” in 1998.


Helene Schneiderman has sung nearly 70 roles in her 38 professional years of singing. Her international career includes most major houses, including San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala, and New York City Opera. With Royal Opera at Covent Garden, she has sung Cherubino, Dorabella, Despina, Suzuki and Marcellina and will be returning next year for the mayor’s wife in Jenufa. Most recent engagements include Teresa in La sonnambula in Stuttgart and the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she debuted in 2018, Madame Larina, Suzuki, Prince Orlofsky, Neris in Cherubini’s Medea, and Lucilla in Jommelli’sVologeso (Stuttgart), Annina in Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, La Scala Milan, Royal Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera in 2017-18), Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Komische Oper, Berlin), Marcellina (Teatro Real, Madrid, Theater an der Wien) and both Marcellina and Larina Onegin (with the Canadian Opera Company) Baroness in Vanessa and the Old Lady in Candide (Santa Fe Opera) .


She has taught voice privately for over 30 years and was Professor of solo voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for four years. In addition to her professorship, Helene Schneiderman has given Master Classes at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, at the Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater, at the Vladivostok Opera Festival, and most recently at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. In addition to Helene’s busy international Operatic career, she devotes much of her time to Oratorio and Song and teaching and coaching colleagues and young singers.

July 6 - 9, 2019 Gary Matthewman, Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Workshops for Collaborative Pianists

Gary Matthewman is one of the UK’s leading song pianists. A regular artist at Wigmore Hall in London, other recent and forthcoming appearances include Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and in Strasbourg, Prague, Lucerne, Basel, Lisbon, Toronto, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney. His UK Festival performances include Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, Aldeburgh, Buxton and Glyndebourne.

Recent and future recital partners include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Nuccia Focile, Mark Padmore, Ailyn Perèz, Kate Lindsey, Markus Werba, Dimitri Platanias, Sylvia Schwartz, Kate Royal, Andrei Bondarenko, Louise Alder, Adam Plachetka, Benjamin Appl, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Roderick Williams.

Gary has made numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and his recent recording of Schubert’s Winterreise with Matthew Rose received widespread critical acclaim, featuring as Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week. He is Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Royal College of Music, and song coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

July 8 -10, 2019 Mark Stoddard, CS Music's Online Editor and Marketing Consultant

Preparing the Singer's Public Face (bios, resume, website, etc) & Being Financially Smart Setting Up the Singer's Business; Singers Negotiating Naturally Without Fear

A long-time supporter of the arts not only as a lyricist, composer and producer of more than 200 concerts, Mark has also taken his experience as a successful businessman and taught singers how to create paying careers for themselves. While in high school he had a co-starring role in a West End of London musical before going on to get a Master degrees in English and Communications. During all of these educational pursuits he started two successful businesses and got married to Elizabeth Robinson. From there his businesses were in construction, automotive transmissions, political action, adult education products in investing and entrepreneurship. He published 15 books on business, marketing, and negotiating as well as books of poetry and short stories. One of his plays won a comedy festival and a musical received strong reviews. Since 2001 he has coached hundreds of singers on ways to find performance opportunities in private consultations and as a guest lecturer at dozens of university vocal programs.

July 9 - 23, 2019 Alison Cole

Opera is a Business

In 1999 Alison established The Virtual Works, a virtual project management business in the arts, corporate, diversity & small business sectors.  Alison brings over 30 years’ experience in Arts & Business and delivers it with a particular blend of humour.  She is passionate about working within the arts sector on a quest to bring greater synergies between art and business. Alison is currently the Executive Director of The Opera Foundation for young Australians, where she manages national auditions, events and provides professional development support to young opera artists to enable them to maximise international opportunities.  Alison’s unique strength is her ability to convey the complexities of the operational side of a business to artists whilst supporting their individual goals objectively and without any artistic interference.

July 15, 2019 and other dates Clemens Anton Klug, Artists Agent - Klug Artists, Graz

Auditioning in Europe

Clemens was born and schooled in Graz and has been associated with AIMS all his life. Completed BA, MPh and PhD studies in Musicology, Romance Languages and Organ performance. He is a freelance author, journalist, program annotator, narrator, and musician.

Since 2004, Clemens works as an artists’ agent representing an international group of vocalists.

He frequently collaborates with the most prestigious promoters, orchestras, festivals and opera houses around the World.

Artists he has worked with include Christa Ludwig, Elina Garanča, Rolando Villázon, Thomas Hampson, and actors Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave. On his roster are several former AIMSers whom he represents in various European countries.

He teaches audition training at the Graz Music University, in London, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, and many other places.

July 15 - 19, 2019 Ewa Iżykowska, Soprano

Master Class and Private Coaching Sessions for Singers

Ewa Iżykowska belongs to the group of the most outstanding Polish singers. She  graduated  from Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where she studied singing under Prof. Kazimiera Goławska.  She continued her studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Teatro alla Scala in Milan under Giulietta Simionato and Eduardo Miller. She is also summa cum laude graduate of Academy of Drama in Warsaw, Poland.

Ewa Iżykowska won several prizes at the international vocal competitions, such as Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria, Mozart Competition in Alessandria, Italy, Vocal Competition in Rome, Italy, Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa Iżykowska started her professional career at the Opera House in Poznań in 1981 where she created Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Micaela in “Carmen”, Liu in “Turandot” and many others. In 1986 Ewa Iżykowska made  her debut at the Chamber Opera House in Vienna, Austria, where she sang  Nedda in “I Pagliacci” and Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro”.

In 1987-1991 she was soloist at the Opera House in Luzerne, Switzerland, where amopng others she sang Poppea in “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Tatyana in “Eugen Onegin”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Adriana in “Adriana Lecouvreur” together with tenor Ramon Vargas, and Marcello Viotti conducting.

Recently she appeared also in many European theatres singing many charachters in Penderecki’s “Die Schwarze Maske”, “The Devil from Loudaine”, (both broadcasted internationally) “Paradise Lost”, Strauss’ “Salome”, “Rosenkavalier” (Marschalin), Puccini’s “Tosca”, and Giordano’s Fedora.

Ewa Iżykowska is a distinguished oratorio – cantata singer. Her repertoire includes the best known works starting from Baroque through Romantic oratorios to contemporary works like Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 or Gorecki Symphony No. 3 and the whole oratorio repertoire of Penderecki. During her life she performed in Europe, both Americas, Philippines and Russia. She has recorded with Polish Radio & TV and Austria TV ORF. In 2000, she started her world-wide tour with two solo recitals: “From Baroque to Contemporary Music’’ and ’’Songs of  Chopin and Paderewski’’.

Since 2000 she begun to share her experience with young students atUniversity in Olsztyn, Poland., Polish Academy of Siences in Warsaw, and she become a v-ce director of Keimyung F.Chopin Academy  of Music in South Korea.

Since 2004, she is asked to participate in many international opera workshops, seminars, courses and festivals, like, Schlern Musik Festival in Italy, Masterclass at the Texas Christian University, Masterclass at the Catholic Universtity in Daegu, S.Korea, From Chopin to  Gorecki Festival at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Cleark Musik Festival, USA, Masterclasses, in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and Conservatorio in Padova. Recently she is professor at the Chopin Gorecki Festival at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa Iżykowska, was 4 year vice-rektor of F.Chopin University of Musik.

July 22 - 26, 2019 Linda Watson, Dramatic Soprano

Master Class and Private Coaching Sessions for Singers

American soprano Linda Watson has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Nederlandse Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayreuther Festspiele and at the Metropolitan Opera, with leading conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Levine, Gergiev, Thielemann, Pappano, Gatti, Salonen and Nagano. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano in Aachen and in 1995 joined the Leipzig Opera.

She sang her first soprano role, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), in Essen and subsequently joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she also sang Leonore, Ortrud, Kundry, Feldmarschallin, Färberin, Ariadne and Elektra. In 2014 she was nominated for the Principal Soloist Grammy Award for her participation in Christian Thielemann’s Ring recording. Engagements this season include Ariadne and Turandot for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Die Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten) in Hamburg and Herodias (Salome) at the Wiener Staatsoper.

July 24 - 26, 2019 Ulrich Eisenlohr, Pianist / Collaborative Pianist

Master Class and Special Guest in Lieder & Collaborative Piano Studios

Ulrich Eisenlohr studied at the conservatory of music in Mannheim with Rolf Hartmann, piano and Lieder under Konrad Richter in Stuttgart. Specializing in the areas of song accompaniment and chamber music, he began an extensive concert career with numerous instrumental and vocal partners in Europe and all over the world including appearances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus; Berlin Festival Weeks; London’s Wigmore Hall; Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Edinburgh Festival; Frankfurt Festival; International Beethoven Festival Bonn; Ludwigsburg Festival; European Music Festival Stuttgart among others. His Lieder partners include Ingeborg Danz, Christian Elsner, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christoph Pregardien, Sibylla Rubens, Markus Schäfer, Roman Trekel, Rainer Trost, Iris Vermillion, Michael Volle, Ruth Ziesak and many more.

Ulrich Eisenlohr has also appeared in numerous broadcast productions, live concert recordings, and television tapings, as well as recordings for leading labels such as Sony Classical, Naxos, harmonia mundi, CPO, and others. Several of his recordings have been awarded major prizes, such as the German Record Critics’ Quarterly Award; Grand Prix International from the Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris; the Classical Internet Award; and a Supersonic Award by the leading music magazine “pizzicato”.

The conception, artistic leading, and recording of all Schubert songs for the Naxos label was an outstanding and important focus of his artistic work; the whole project started in 1998c and was finished and released by 2011.

Ulrich Eisenlohr has conducted numerous masterclasses in Lied and chamber music in many countries. As pianist for masterclasses, he worked together with Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig, Daniel Ferro and Geoffrey Parsons. Currently he is professor at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where he teaches a Lieder class.

July 24 - 26, 2019 Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr, Soprano

Private Coaching Sessions for Singers

Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr studied at the Richard-Strauss-Academy of Music in Munich with Ingrid Bettag. She took part in masterclasses held by Daniel Ferro, Hans Hotter and Norman Shettler. During her studies she was invited to sing “Königin der Nacht” in Mozart’s Zauberflöte in numerous opera houses throughout Germany and Austria. She also sang in Oratorio performances and Lieder recitals. She was engaged at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and Semper Oper in Dresden, both for 6 years.

Claudia was engaged to sing major roles at important opera houses in Europe: Geneva, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin, National Theatre Prague, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Volksoper Vienna, Karlsruhe, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Bonn, Hannover, Leipzig, Parma, Modena, Piacenza, Ravenna among many others.

She sang all of Mozart’s soprano roles beyond the light soprano roles, beginning with “Queen of the night”, continuing with Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, la Contessa in Le nozze de Figaro, and also Elettra and Vitellia. Other important roles were Musetta in La boheme, Sophie in the Der Rosenkavalier, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Agathe in Der Freischütz, all soprano roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (in a staging by Harry Kupfer at the Komische Oper Berlin), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and some major roles in contemporary operas, including Luigi Nonos’ Intolleranza.

Claudia has worked with well-known conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Donald Runnicles, Stefan Soltez, Friedemann Layer, Jun Märkl, Marc Albrecht, J.Belohlavek, Kazushi Ono, Adam Fischer; and stage directors Willy Decker, Werner Schröter, Harry Kupfer, Christine Mielitz, Christoph Loy and others.

She has also performed large concerto and recital repertoire from Purcell and Bach, to John Cage, with an emphasis on late romantic and classical modern composers.

Since 2003 she has been a professor of voice at the University of Music in Cologne.

July 26 - August 2, 2019 Lynda Kemeny, Soprano

Special Guest in the Operetta Studio

The American soprano, Lynda Kemeny, has been enjoying a vast international career in Europe since 1987. After completing her Bachelors of Music Degree at Miami University in Oxford and Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, with concentrations in vocal performance, piano and dance, she studied voice in Chicago and New York. She belonged to a professional pantomime troup for two years and made numerous solo appearances with regional opera companies in the US including Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works of Chicago, Whitewater Opera Company, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Madison Civic Opera, Houghton Opera Company, etc.

Upon winning 1st prize in the International Bel Canto Vocal Competition in Chicago, she studied voice in Italy with Opera Diva Renate Tebaldi and world-renowned tenor Carlo Bergonzi.  In 1986 she participated as a soloist in the annual Metropolitan Opera Gala Ball and was asked to sing the national anthem at several major events at Madison Square Garden in New York. From 1987-1992 she was a soloist at the State Theater of Bielefeld, Germany, where in her first season, she was awarded the cherished „Operntaler Award“ for outstanding performance. She has made numerous solo appearances on the major German television channels, including the „Sunday concert“ on ZDF as well as the musical concert „West End Hits“ sung live with the West German Radio Choir and Orchestra. Since 1992 she has sung leading roles in European theaters and concert halls such as Leipzig Opera, Innsbruck Theater, St. Gallen in der Schweiz, L’Opera de Wallonie in Liege, Belgium, Breslau, Poland etc. From 2005-2013 Ms. Kemeny taught voice, English diction for singers and led ensemble projects at the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding at the University of Music and Theater in Munich, Germany.

She currently teaches voice, the history of Musical Theater and Song Interpretation in the Musical Department at the two-year college for music in Sulzbach Germany near Nürnberg and is head of the vocal and musical theater departments at the regionally acclaimed music school in Rosenheim. She is often invited to give master classes and teach voice, stage artistry and interpretation at summer festivals and workshops and also sits on juries for national and international voice competitions in the areas of both classical and musical repertoire. After over 40 successful years as a soloist, Ms. Kemeny bid farewell to the stage and now dedicates her knowledge to the teaching profession. Her teaching philosophy includes an all-round understanding of the artist as a spiritual being and she takes her inspirations from the beautiful mountains of southern Bavaria where she currently lives.

July 27, 2019 Bo Skovhus, Baritone

Master Class for Singers

Born in Denmark, Boje Skovhus studied at the Aarhus Music College and the Royal Academy for Opera of Copenhagen and in New York. He rose to opera stardom after a last minute appearance at the Vienna Volksoper when he substituted as Don Giovanni. Since then he has enjoyed a rapidly developing career on the world’s greatest opera stages.

He has been virtually adopted by the Viennese, and regularly performs at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He sings the major baritone roles, such as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has spurred a revival of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Volksoper, and Royal Opera Copenhagen, and the little known baritone version of Massenet’s Werther. He also has made a specialty of Britten’s Billy Budd and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, including arias or scenes from them on his first opera disc (Sony Classics). Other leading baritone parts in his repertoire are Berg’s Wozzeck, Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero, Peter I in Zar und Zimmerman, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Raimond in Othmar Schoeck’s Venus.

Skovhus also frequently appears on the recital stage and has recorded many recital discs. These include selections of Lieder by Hugo Wolf and Erich Korngold, a selection of songs by Robert and Clara Schumann (The Heart of the Poet), and the two great Schubert song cycles Schwanengesang and Die schöne Müllerin. After his 1997 New York recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center he was acclaimed as one of the great Lieder singers of his generation. He is particularly known for the energy and characterization he brings to the stage. He has appeared on many of the world’s great opera stages, including the Metropolitan in New York (debuting 1998 in Die Fledermaus), the Hamburg State Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera Copenhagen, and the Bavarian State Opera.

He appears at major music festivals such as Die Salzburg Festspiel, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, the Vienna Festwochen, and the Feldkirch Schubertiade. On the orchestral concert stage, he has sung in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Brahms’ Ein deutsche Requiem, and Schumann’s Scenes from Faust. This is Skovhus’ sixth time to give a master class at AIMS.

July 29 - August 1, 2019 Lorraine DiSimone, Mezzosoprano

Special Guest in ATS Classes

Lorraine DiSimone, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has appeared extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. She has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and Shreveport Symphony.  She has sung over 50 opera roles including Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Elizabeth Proctor in Ward’s The Crucible, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Preziosilla in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Wellgunde and Gerhilde in Wagner’s Ring as well as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde.

Ms. DiSimone has sung with numerous houses in Germany and central Europe. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Verdi’s Nabucco and has performed there often in works of Beethoven, Handel, Mascagni, Mozart, etc. She has performed with many U.S. companies, including Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, New York Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Knoxville Opera and Sarasota Opera.

Ms. DiSimone made her European debut in Venice at La Fenice. She sang Maddalena to Marcello Giordani’s Duke in Rigoletto in Spoleto, Italy.  Ms. DiSimone has also been active in performing contemporary music. She has performed with the Composers in Red Sneakers, Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC), Lincoln Center Outdoors, and Symphony Space concerts as well as with the Bayerische Rundfunk Kammerorchester in Munich. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. DiSimone has taught on the faculties of Clark University, Wake Forest University, the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. CDs include Mascagni’s Silvano and Harbison’s Full Moon in March.

Since 2005, Ms. DiSimone has been on the faculty of the University of TN Knoxville and iArea Coordinator as well as Faculty Coordinator for VolOpera, the undergraduate opera workshop at UT.  Since Summer 2016 she has been on the faculty of the Berlin Opera Academy.

July 29 - August 1, 2019 Emily Newton, Soprano

Singing in the German Speaking System; Tisch Talks

Praised for her “full voice and striking presence” soprano, Emily Newton, is at home on both the opera and concert stage. In the 18/19 season she joined the ensemble at Staatstheater Nürnberg, where she returns to the role of Anna Nicole, with which she made her European debut. Role debuts next season in Nürnberg include Elsa and Madama Butterfly.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in the role of Ellen Orford and also made her house debut in Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in the same role in 2017. After a critically acclaimed debut in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole in 2013 with Oper Dortmund in the continental premiere of the work, she became a member of the ensemble. At Theater Dortmund she has expanded her repertoire in a variety of roles including Marschallin, Desdemona, Arabella, Tatiana, Contessa, Donna Elvira and Rosalinde.

Other complete roles have included Leonore (Fidelio), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Lady Macbeth, Nedda, Mimi, Fiordiligi, Anna Bolena, Donna Anna, Micäela and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia). She has worked at theaters such as The Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Theater Aachen, Theater Koblenz, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Opera Saratoga, Opera New Jersey, Opera in the Heights, and Amarillo Opera.

On the concert stage, she joined the Dortmunder Philharmoniker for Mahler’s 8th Symhony, which was recorded for an album release in spring 2019. Previously Ms. Newton has performed the soprano solos in Knoxville:  Summer of 1915, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Debussy’s La Damoiselle Èlue, Beethoven’s Mass in C and 9th Symphony, Brahm’s Requiem, Elijah, The Creation, Mahler’s Zweite Symphonie and Schubert’s Mirjam’s Siegesgesang.

Ms. Newton is from Lake Jackson, TX. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at University of North Texas and continued her studies University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded a Master of Music as an A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellow.

July 29 - August 1, 2019 Gabriele Lechner, Lyric Dramatic Soprano

Master Class for Singers & Private Coaching Sessions for Singers

Prof. Lechner completed musical and vocal studies at Viennese Musikhochschule and in Italy. She was awarded the diploma summa cum laude in vocal training, lied and oratorio, and opera. She also won prizes in several competitions: Mario del Monaco (Italy), Opera en Belcanto (Belgium), and Dr. Luis Segall Competition (Chile). She performed for many years with the Vienna State Opera and Graz Opera and then joined Zürich Opera (1991-2001) where she sang the major lyric and dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner and performed over 26 leading roles in the operas of Gluck, Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Boito, Giordano, Offenbach, Schreker, Goldmark, and modern composers Henze and Reimann, among others.

She performed in almost every European country, Korea, Chile and participated in major international festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Prague Spring Festival and Carinthischer Sommer Austria. Her international career began in 1986 as Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Vienna State Opera with Luciano Pavarotti and Claudio Abbado. Watch Prof. Lechner and Luciano Pavarotti sing the Ballo Duett

She has a vast concert repertoire having appeared with the leading conductors of the day (She has worked with over 120 conductors!), and appears often in solo concerts in European countries. Many radio and television broadcasts and CD/DVD productions, including “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Pavarotti and Abbado, Tosca with Neil Shicoff, Hänsel and Gretel with Maestro Welser-Möst, have resulted from these artistic collaborations. Currently she is University Professor of Voice at Viennese U of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has judged the Meistersinger Vocal Competition and is one of the favorite master class teachers at AIMS.

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August 1, 2019 Marzio Conti, Conductor

Master Class for Singers with the AIMS Festival Orchestra

Music Director of the Oviedo Philharmonic (OFIL) since 2011, Marzio Conti has earned recognition and the acclaim of audiences and critics for his achievements in guiding the growth of the orchestra to new artistic heights. He has earned numerous awards and has been named a juror for the arts prize of the prestigious Premios Asturias.He had a major critical success with recording of the complete symphonic works of Saint-Saens for Warner Classic. At the community level, Mr. Conti has earned praise for his special projects at local centers and for a joint project with the University of Oviedo to offer films with music, projects for families, musical projects related to sports and outdoor summer projects designed to spotlight historic parts of the city.

Since his arrival in Oviedo, the symphonic season of OFIL has established a standard of excellence for the musical world of Spain, presenting notable artists such as Midori, Christian Zimermann, Gregory Kunde, Elina Garanca, ElissoVissaladze, Sabine Mayer, Cecilia Bartoli, Natalia Gutman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Katia and Marielle Lebeque, Grigory Sokolov,Bryn Terfel.

Mr. Conti has appeared as a guest conductor in Italy with the Rome Opera, Maggio Musicale of Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro La Fenice of Venice Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Teatro Donizetti Bergamo, Teatro di Ravenna, Teatro di Bolzano , Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Verdi Pisa, Teatro Comunale di Livorno, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra Haydn, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. In Spain, he has conducted Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta de Tenerife, Orquestra de Extremadura, Orquestra de la Gran Canaria, Orquestra de las Baleares, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, and Orquesta de Navarra. In Germany, he has conducted at the Dortmund Staatsoper, Saarbrücken Staatsoper, Dessau Stadtsoper, Monchegladbach Stadtoper, and Brandemburger Symphoniker. In France, he has conducted the Orchestra Regional de Cannes e de la Cote d’Azur, Orchestre da La Picardie, Opera de Marseille, and Orchestre d’Avignon.

Formerly one of his generation’s leading exponents of the flute following a debut at the Salzburg Festival with I Soloist Veneti at the age of 20, Marzio Conti performed with major orchestras and made numerous recordings through the middle 1990’s after which he devoted himself full-time to conducting.

From 1998 to 2002 he was principal conductor at the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese in Italy,from 2001 until 2004, he was music director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin,from 2003 until 2008 was Music Director of the Teatro di Tradizione per l’Opera Italiana of Chieti and from 2004 to 2010 he also served as Artistic Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo.

Since 2014 he collaborates as guest conductor and professor with Jacob School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington: this year he inaugurated the Opera season with Donizetti Fille du Regiment, the Ballet Season with Nutcracker and in April 2107 he conducted Petruska. In January 2017 he has conducted Rigoletto at Opera de Oviedo. In February 2018 he conducted Don Quichotte in Amsterdam the prestigious Dutch National Ballet. In July 2017 he ends to be music director of Oviedo Filarmonia. The city as an acknowledgment of the extraordinary work he has done awarded with the Gold Medal of the Auditorium Prince Felipe.

August 9, 2019 Barbara Bonney, Soprano

Master Class for Singers

American-born (Montclair NJ) Barbara Bonney is one of the world’s most accomplished lyric sopranos. She lead the field in her chosen repertoire of roles by Mozart and Richard Strauss and is recognised as one of the finest Lieder and concert performers of her generation. Barbara Bonney sang with the world’s leading opera companies. Her interpretations of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier under Sir Georg Solti and Carlos Kleiber have both been released on video, as has her performance of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte)from La Scala, Milan. She was a regular guest with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in Munich, Hamburg and Geneva.

In concert, Ms. Bonney has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti, the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado (singing Mahler), Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mahler 2nd) and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk with John Eliot Gardiner (Paradies und die Peri and Mahler 4). In the summer of 1995 she was in residence at Tanglewood and performed extensively with Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in addition to giving recitals and masterclasses. Her engagements have included Falstaff andL’elisir d’amore at the Met, Figaro and Der Rosenkavalier at Bastille Opera in Paris and many other opera houses of the world. She toured Japan with Ozawa and made a major European tour with the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons.

Barbara Bonney was a prolific recording artist and her outstanding recordings have included many with Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner (Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe) and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also critically acclaimed were her recital discs of Lieder by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Wolf, Mendelssohn and Schubert, all accompanied by the late Geoffrey Parsons. In addition there are complete recordings of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte with both Harnoncourt and Östman, and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel under Jeffrey Tate. Additional releases include La Clemenza di Tito for Decca and Exsultate jubilate with Trevor Pinnock, plus Carmina Burana with André Previn for DGG and her Lieder series with discs accompanied by Previn and Ashkenazy. In 2007, she was appointed professor of voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.