Conductor and vocal coach for 35 years, Giovanni has worked at many of the major opera houses in the US, Europe, and Australia. Giovanni has intimate knowledge of the Bel Canto style and lectures on style and technique around the world.
British conductor, répétiteur and pianist Richard Hetherington is on the music staff of The Royal Opera House in London, England and was recently named Head of Music at Covent Garden.
Grammy nominated, internationally acclaimed American soprano. Chair of Vocal Studies at Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy, faculty at the Catholic University of America and the Potomac Vocal Institute.
Italian Opera singer (Bass) with over 25 years of international performing experience. Paolo is also an experienced “old school” Bel Canto vocal teacher including technique, interpretation and Italian diction. He is the artistic director of the Opera Festival in Casciana Terme, Tuscany.
Director of Artistic Operations at Palm Beach Opera. Past Artistic Administrator of Washington National Opera and selected by Opera America to be part of the Leadership Intensive 2012. Judge of several prestigious competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Young Artist Division
American soprano Leah Crowne is quickly becoming known as an interpreter of the Helden repertoire including Turandot, Ariadne, Salome, Isolde and Brünhilde. She is also a respected technician, having taught at Gettysburg College, Mount Saint Mary's University and her own private studio in Pennsylvania.
Pianist, coach, and conductor Scott Crowne is on the faculty of the Sunderman Conservatory and performs with vocalists internationally.
Soyeon Kim, Head of Music Staff
Pianist and coach Soyeon Kim has worked throughout the United States and Italy.