Each year Daniel Ferro assembled an outstanding group of talented, high level individuals who shared his passion for imparting the art of beautiful and healthy singing to participants. Listed below is a partial listing and sampling of faculty members:
DANIEL FERRO was graduated from The Juilliard School and Columbia University. As a Fulbright Fellow, he studied in Europe at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and at the Mozarteum of Salzburg. Subsequently, Mr. Ferro performed opera and concert engagements throughout Europe. Upon returning to the United States, he chaired the voice department at Butler University, and later at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1972, Mr. Ferro joined the vocal faculty of The Juilliard School and continued on the faculty until 2006, when he received the distinction of becoming vocal faculty emeritus. He continued his affiliation at Juilliard by providing master classes. Mr. Ferro maintained a private studio, working with international artists including: Kathleen Battle, Barbara Hendricks, Evelyn Lear, Ruggero Raimondi, Régine Crespin, Anna Moffo, Neil Shicoff, Lucille Beer, Alan Titus, Neil Rosenshein, Richard Stilwell, Joann Grillo, Patricia Brooks, Thomas Stewart, Sándor Kónya, Ruth Welting, Berit Lindholm, Judith Raskin, Florence Quivar, Spiro Malas, Michael Devlin, Susanne Mentzer, Mayda Prado, Ning Liang, Kevin Short, Gail Dobish, Hei-Kyung Hong, Young OK Shin, Frederick Burchinal, In Hye Kim, Arthur Woodley, Robert Smith, Carolyn Sebron, Theresa Santiago, Ying Huang, Martin Bruns, Ricardo Herrera, Don Frazure, Peter Castaldi, Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee and Alexander Hajek. Mr. Ferro's singers continue to distinguish themselves in opera houses worldwide and in major competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. In 2008, Robert Dean Smith, a Juilliard graduate, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Tristan in a high profile performance of Tristan and Isolde.
Mr. Ferro also counted among his students many who have become successful teachers at leading conservatories and universities.
Mr. Ferro dedicated himself to sharing his knowledge at institutions throughout the world, including: Conservatoire de Musique, Montréal; Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; Rubin Academy , Jerusalem; Aspen Music Festival; Shanghai Conservatory of Music; The Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, Sweden; Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies; Accademia Chigiana; Opéra de Paris; Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris; Fondation Royaumont of France; Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; Holland Music Sessions; Yeong Pyong Festival, South Korea; Australian National Academy of Music; and San Francisco Opera Center. Mr. Ferro also founded the Spoleto Vocal Institute. Mr. Ferro was Founder and Artistic Director of the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, which is celebrating it's twenty-third year in Greve-in-Chianti, Italy.
In 1988, he was decorated by the French government with the title "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres." In 2001, he received the distinction of Honorary Citizen of Greve in Chianti. In 2002, Mr. Ferro received an Award of Appreciation from the Republic of Korea for his years of teaching and dedication.
JANICE HARPER-SMITH has worked with Daniel Ferro and shares many of his approaches to voice training. Ms. Harper-Smith studied at the University of Murray, Kentucky, and the University of Illinois, after which she received a national fellowship for postgraduate study in Europe. Following her debut at the Konzerthaus in Vienna in Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Ms. Harper-Smith performed a wide variety of opera and concert repertoire throughout Europe. Her repertoire includes many of Mozart's heroines, as well as those of R. Strauss and Verdi. In addition, she was in demand as an interpreter of contemporary music and performed and recorded a number of world premieres. She frequently appeared in Vienna at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus, as well as in the Berliner Festwochen, the Mozartwochen in Salzburg and the Schubertiade in Vienna. She performed and recorded with the Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Residence Orchestra Den Haag, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, Vienna Ensemble Kontrapunkt, Vienna Ensemble of the 20th Century, the National Orchestra France, the Frankfurter Ensemble Moderne and the Alban Berg String Quartet. From 1991-2001, Ms. Harper-Smith was a professor of voice and vocal pedagogy at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Hochschule für Musik, Mannheim, Germany. She has continued her teaching career by working with professional singers and giving master classes. In 2005, Ms. Harper-Smith published "Atemtechnik als Roter Faden" on vocal technique and is currently working on the English translation.
Florence KATZ, mezzo-soprano born in Paris (France), studied Singing and Drama with Régine Crespin and Gabriel Bacquier at the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris". She has also been an active participant in Master Classes with Maestro Daniel Ferro, Lorraine Nubar, Ileana Cotrubas, René Jacobs. Ms. Katz has been a recipient of numerous prizes in vocal competitions throughout her career as singer and teacher. She has performed in both opera and concerts throughout Europe and recently in New York. Her Discography includes Recitals of mélodies with piano and instruments accompaniment. She sings with great success a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary. In addition to her performances, Ms. Katz teaches in Paris, at the Conservatoire de Bourg-la-Reine/Sceaux, France, and conducts Master Classes in France, Italy, Germany and United States. She is the artistic director of the Arts Association "La voix humaine".
CLAUDIA KUNZ–EISENLOHR studied at the Richard-Strauss-Academy of Music in Munich with Ingrid Bettag and in master classes 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 was a member of the National Theater Mannheim and the Semper Oper in Dresden for six years. Ms. Kunz-Eisenlohr performed in numerous opera houses throughout Europe including 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 and Ravenna. She has performed all of Mozart's soprano roles including "Queen of the night", Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, la Contessa in "Le nozze de Figaro" and "Elettra and Vitellia. Other important roles include Musetta "La Boheme"; Sophie "Rosenkavalier"; Zerbinetta "Ariadne auf Naxos"; Agathe "Der Freischütz"; all soprano roles in "Le Contes d'Hoffmann" in a staging by Harry Kupfer at the Komische Oper Berlin, Rosalinde "Fledermaus"; and major roles in contemporary operas, among them Luigi Nonos "Intolleranza". Ms. Kunz-Eisenlohr has worked with conductors: Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Donald Runnicles, Stefan Soltez, Friedemann Layer, Jun Märkl, Marc Albrecht, J.Belohlavek, Kazushi Ono and Adam Fischer and stage directors: Willy Decker, Werner Schröter, Harry Kupfer, Christine Mielitz, Christoph Loy and others. She has performed a large repertoire from Purcell and Bach to John Cage, with an emphasis on late romantic and classical modern composers. She was invited to the Frankfurter Feste; MDR Musiksommer; Maifestspiele Wiesbaden; Dresdener Musikfestspiele; and the Festival of Savonlinna, Finland. Since 2003, Ms. Kunz-Eisenlohr has held the position of professor of voice at the University of Music in Cologne, Aachen.
PETER CASTALDI, who was born in Paris and raised in Milan, finished his education in New York where he earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, majoring in composition. He has studied voice with Daniel Ferro and Ray Evans Harrell. Mr. Castaldi is Adjunct Professor at Mannes College the New School for Music, where he teaches Voice, French and Italian Diction, Acting for Singers and has directed many of the Scenes Classes for College, Diploma and Extension divisions. Since 2000, he has sung the principal and title roles in Verdi's: Rigoletto, Falstaff, Macbeth, Trovatore, Traviata, Don Carlo and Ernani, with such organizations as: New York City Opera, Roanoke Opera, Florentine Opera, New Jersey Opera Theatre and Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Castaldi has been well known as an Oratorio Singer and Recitalist, having sung in many of New York's most prestigious venues including: Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and many more. His discography includes more than 15 recordings where he is featured in leading roles for such labels as Newport Classic, Albany, Vox and Koch, for which he has garnered outstanding reviews from Opera News, Opera Digest and Fanfare. The New York Times has described Peter Castaldi as .... "a lusty voice and superb comic instincts."
RICARDO HERRERA, bass-baritone is an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Illinois School of Music. He has an active studio of undergraduate and graduate Voice students and is the director of the Opera Studio. Mr. Herrera is an active performer, teacher, stage director and Spanish diction vocal coach. He has performed with various opera companies and song festivals around the U.S.A. and Europe including the San Francisco Opera, Gotham Opera, New York Festival of Song, Bel Canto Opera at Caramoor, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Chamber Opera and Oldenburgisches Staadtsheater. Mr. Herrera's performance as Tiresias and Le Veilleur in Enesco's Oedipe with Sinfonia da Camera was recorded live by Albany Records and released in the fall of 2007. A recipient of various awards and distinctions, Mr. Herrera won First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, participated in Plácido Domingo's Operalia World Opera Contest and the Merola Opera Center where he performed the title role in the Western Opera Theater Tour of Don Giovanni. After performing leading roles in the premiere season of Opera Aegean in Greece under the direction of Sherrill Milnes, he received the Demodocus Award which resulted in his Carnegie Hall debut as bass soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He made his directorial debut with Ul Opera in Neely Bruce's Hansel and Gretel. He has also directed La Calisto by F. Cavalli, the world premiere of Stephen A. Taylor's opera Paradises Lost and Loewe's My Fair Lady as well as Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires. Ricardo Herrera is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his M.M. degree in voice performance under the tutelage of Maestro Daniel Ferro.
BRUNO RIGACCI, who made his first professional appearance as a pianist at the age of 8, has had an impressive career as a pianist, conductor, and composer in Italy and abroad. After finishing his studies in conducting with Antonio Guarnieri, he founded and became permanent conductor of the Chamber Orchestra in Florence and was awarded the "Orfeo d'Argento" for conductors. Subsequently, he was appointed conductor at the Royal Opera House of Stockholm and the Academia Chigiana in Siena, where he served as Music Director of the Festival Settimane Musicali Senesi. In addition, he served as Principal Conductor of the San Diego Opera, Music Director of the Philadelphia Music Theatre and Artistic Director of the Festival Opera Barga. Mr. Rigacci has conducted concerts and operas with major symphony orchestras in Europe and the USA including: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Opera di Roma; La Fenice, Venezia; Teatro alla Scala, Milano; New York City Opera; Teatro Comunale, Bologna; Festival Las Palmas; Philadelphia Orchestra; and in the following cities; Phoenix, Fort Worth, Cairo, Pittsburg, Bilbao, San Juan, Berlin, and Toronto. Mr. Rigacci has taught for over 40 years at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence and is currently teaching Italian opera tradition at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Formazione. In addition, Mr. Rigacci has been a guest professor at the Operahogskolan, Stockholm; the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia; Philadelphia College of Performing Arts; James Madison University; and the Mozart Foundation, Warsaw. His compositions include chamber music, symphonies, concerts and five operas, of which "Ecuba" won the first prize at the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, and "Prof. King" which was performed at the Festival delle Novita, Bergamo, under his own direction. Mr. Rigacci has dedicated his teaching during these past years to perfecting the dramatic interpretation and musical style of the Italian opera tradition.
ROLANDO RUSSO, who received his diploma in Piano and Violin, has dedicated his career to chamber music, principally as a pianist. Under the guidance of Dario de Rosa, Trio di Trieste, he attended the Music School in Fiesole; Libera Scuola di Musica, Vicenza; and Accademia Chigiana, Siena. He has been a member of numerous chamber ensembles, collaborating with instrumentalists: Roberto Michelucci, Cristiano Rossi, Aaron Rosand, Sonya Monosoff (Mozart Repertoire), Mauro Valli, Anner Bijlsma (Baroque Repertoire), and Gaspare Tirincanti. In vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with Viennese pianist-composer Kurt Rapf, as well as singers: Elena Zilio, Joan Logue, and Valeria Esposito (Italian, English and Russian song literature). A long collaboration with Herbert Handt developed his in-depth knowledge of operatic repertoire. He has been Head Coach in operatic productions at: Caio Melisso Theater, Spoleto; Rossini Theater in Lugo; International Festival at the Royal Villa in Marlia, Lucca; and Lucca's Teatro del Giglio. He has worked with conductors Giannandrea Gavazzeni, Herbert Handt, Bruno Rigacci, and Italian producers: Virginio Puecher, Giuseppe Menegatti, Sandro Sequi, Aldo Trionfo, and composer, Silvano Bussotti. Mr. Russo has been principal harpsichordist and collaborator of the Lucca Chamber Orchestra and principal pianist of the Agon Ensemble, dedicated to 20th-century and Contemporary Repertoire. He heads the chamber music department of the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. He is responsible for vocal repertoire and interpretation in many vocal programs: Accademia Italiana di Canto, Altenburg Music Academy in Germany, Cincinnati University's Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca and opera studio of Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and HFM - University of Music Saarbrücken/Germany.
JAN PHILIP SCHULZE studied piano at the Munich Hochschule für Musik and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has been awarded prestigious scholarships and prizes at international piano competitions in Spain, Italy and South Africa. He has studied interpretation of German lied with Helmut Deutsch and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist and teacher. Mr. Schulze has performed at major festivals : Schubertiade Feldkirch; the Münchener Biennale; Hermann Prey's "Musiktage;" the Edinburgh Festival; Salzburger Festpiele; Lucerne Festival; Münchener Opernfestspiele; and in famous concert halls: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Konzerthaus, Wein, Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; Wigmore Hall, London; Teatro Liceo, Barcelona. He has performed at the Stavanger Festival in Norway; Odense Festival in Denmark; Maurizio Pollini Festival in Tokyo; and made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He is active in the field of contemporary music, performing regularly throughout Europe and Asia as a member of the Ensemble TrioLog München, recipient of the "Münchener Kulturpreis." Mr. Schulze has recorded for Col Legno, Dabringhaus und Grimm and Farao Classics. He is on the faculty of Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover and has conducted master classes at the Royal Academy of Music, London and in South Korea, Spain, Italy, and Ukraine. Forthcoming concerts will take place at the Theatre du capitole, Toulouse; La Monnaie, Brussels; Palao de la Musica, Barcelona; Prinzregententheater, Munich.
GRÁINNE DUNNE, a native of Dublin, studied piano with John O'Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and graduated with a B.Mus.at the University College Dublin. As a recipient of both German and Austrian Government Scholarships, she furthered her studies with David Wilde in Hanover (Masters of Performance) and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Post Masters Solo Piano Studies). Later she visited and participated in international master classes for lied and accompanying with Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Thomas Quasthoff, Christa Ludwig, Irwin Gage, Hartmut Höll, Charles Spencer, and Graham Johnson. At only 20, Gráinne was awarded first prize in the RTÉ National Piano Competition and accompanied several prize-winners in competitions, among them Jugend Förderpreis in 1999, Orfeo 2000 in Hanover, and Pro Musicis in Paris in 2001. Gráinne Dunne has appeared in recitals and festivals all over Europe, Asia, and the United States, including the National Concert Hall Taipei, Braunschweiger Classix Festival, MDR Musiksommer, THéatre Louis Jouvet in Paris, Teatro San Carlo Lisbon, the Alte Schmiede Vienna, Festival Rittergut Bennigsen and both the National Concert Hall (John Field Room) and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. She has made numerous radio broadcasts with the NDR Hamburg, WDR, MDR, Radio Wien and RTÉ Dublin, and has a CD recording of French Vocal Duets on Bayer Records, Munich. Gráinne Dunne teaches lied interpretation and coaches internationally and is currently a faculty member at the music conservatories in Hamburg, Hanover, Bremen, and at the RIAM in Dublin.
BEATRICE BARTOLI graduated with honors from the Facolta di Lettere di Firenze and from the Conservatorio "Luigi Cherubini" under the guidance of Lydia Rocchetti. Bartoli continued her studies in Vocal Chamber Music with the class of Leonardo De Lisi at the Conservatorio "Cherubini", also graduating with honors. From 2002-2004 she attended the Accademia di Arti e Mestieri del Teatro alla Scala and took part in the course for masters of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She has worked in several theaters, including: circuito AS.LI.CO., Teatro Marrucino of Chieti, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro Verdi di Trieste; she collaborated with the International Opera Theater in Philadelphia in 2005-06. Ms. Bartoli was an accompanist for classes of the Canto e Strumento del Conservatorio "Cherubini." She has accompanied baritone Gabriele Spina. In 2009, they ranked second in Musica Vocale da Camera del X Concorso Nazionale "Riviera Etrusca"; in 2011 Bartoli participated in the Fourth Edition of the Festival "Suona Francese". Since 2010 she has been pianist for "Harmonia Cantata," working with: Ladislau Horvath, Roberto Gabbiani, Balderi Marco, Alessandro Pinzauti and others. She continues to work with many prominent organizations that include: Firenze Lirica, Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, GAMO, I. K. O., Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Amici della Lirica di Bologna, Foyer di Firenze, Coro dei Polifonici Senesi, "Ad occhi chiusi", Pitigliano (GR), Concorso Lirico Puccini (Lu), Accademia Musicale di Firenze, St. Mark's Opera Florence and others.
MASSIMILIANO BULLO began studying piano at age five under the guidance of Maestro Carlo Vidusso. He finished his studies and received his diploma from the "Giuseppe Verdi" Academy of Music in Milan, where he studied with Maestro Ernesto Esposito. In 1980, three years prior to graduating, he won a scholarship to be a part of the music staff at the Teatro alla Scala. Presently, he holds the position of Maestro di Sala at the Teatro alla Scala, where he collaborated with Music Director, Riccardo Muti (1986 – 2004) and other prestigious guest conductors. In 1997 he played the fortepiano for the productions of "il Turco in Italia" under the musical direction of Maestro Riccardo Chailly, with Cecilia Bartoli and Michele Pertusi, which was later recorded by DECCA. He collaborates frequently with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra both in Italy and abroad. He has performed at Suntory Hall Tokyo; Hyogo Performing Arts Center Nishinomiya Osaka; Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont; Festival de Pollença, Mallorca; Aram Concert Hall in Seoul; Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao; Performing Arts Theatre in Aichi, Nagoya; Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville; Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Hong Kong; Mr. Bullo is a teacher at Scuola Musicale di Milano, Milan. He also works as an accompanist for operatic and lieder recitals with Mariella Devia, Maria Guleghina and the late, Salvatore Licitra.
MARTIN BRUNS, a long-time student and associate of Daniel Ferro, is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He frequently appears as soloist with major orchestras: the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio in Munich, the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra. He has performed with conductors: Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Eric Ericson, Yoav Talmi, Heinz Holliger, Peter Ruzicka, Gerard Schwarz, Oleg Caetani and Jonathan Nott. His operatic career has taken him to opera houses throughout Europe, singing the roles of Papageno, Guglielmo, Barbiere, Dandini, Silvio and Donner. He has also appeared at the Festivals of Lucerne, Ottawa, Budapest and the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2005, his anthology of songs on poetry by Francesco Petrarca was published by Editio Bärenreiter in Prague. As a teacher, Mr. Bruns has served on the vocal faculty of the Zurich University of the Arts, and was recently appointed professor of voice at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik. As of April 2010, he also holds the position of visiting professor of voice at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.
TAISIYA PUSHKAR studied piano at Oberlin College where she received a Bachelor's Degree. She holds a Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. She has performed in Italy, Serbia, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Israel, Canada and the United States as part of her collaborations with singers and instrumentalists. As a winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Pushkar performed Prokofiev's 1st piano concerto with the Oberlin Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 with cellist Amber Docters Van Leeuwen at Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Pushkar has been a New Triad artist for several of their workshops, which focus on integrating drama, movement and musical expression of the singer/pianist team. Since 2009, she has been the pianist of the Melodia Women's Choir of NYC, a group dedicated to exploring rarely heard music written for women's voices, as well as nurturing emerging women composers through commissions and performances. Ms. Pushkar is currently a faculty member of the Lucy Moses School in New York, the Manhattan School of Music and the Waterville Valley Music Center in New Hampshire. She has been on the faculty at the Positano International Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania.
ANNA ROOS, a native of Belgium, is a graduate of the Theatrical Institute R. I. T. C. S in Brussels. Her professional career includes collaborations with Eddy Steylaert, producer of TVStatale Belgian BRT and "Met 1 Wakker," a daily program of classical music on the State Radio BRT. She has assisted a prestigious group of Directors including: G. Deflo, Jo Dua, W. Eichner, T. Gobbi, H. Kinderman and P. Shtarbanov. In addition, Ms. Roos was the Marketing Director for the Flanders Opera and Opera de Wallonie in Belgium. In 1998 she was a Faculty Member of the inaugural session of the European Centre for Training in the Performing Arts Crafts Faverney-France, where she taught staging.
Ms. Roos has staged numerous productions in Italy, Spain, Belgium and France including the following works: ROSSINI: Cinderella, The Barber of Seville; G. PUCCINI: Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca; VERDI: Rigoletto, La Forza del destino, Nabucco; G. Donizetti: Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor; Bellini: La Sonnambula; R. STRAUSS: Salome; U. Giordano: Andrea Chenier; G. Bizet: Carmen. Currently, Ms. Roos works as a Freelance Stage Director. She will be a Guest Teacher for the 2012 Daniel Ferro Vocal Program where she will direct the participants for the final concert.