23rd – 30th August 2017
Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri served as musical collaborator and coach at the Rossini Opera Festival from 1986 through 2001. A member of the faculties at the Rossini Conservatory and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro, Italy, he has collaborated with some of the major singers of our time, including Luciano Pavarotti with whom he appeared in a television documentary on the tenor's career in Italy and internationally. He is the official accompanist/coach for the Maria Callas International Competition. His Master Classes on the Art of Bel Canto have been presented at the Curtis Institute of Music, Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music, Trinity College London and the Royal College of Music and Drama, Glasgow. He has served as the primary coach for the Italian operatic repertoire for Lingua del Canto for 6 seasons.
Soon to be published in English is Maestro Fabbri's A Practical Study of Italian Diction and Phonetics for Opera Singers.
In 2004 Maestro Fabbri created the Voci nel Montefeltro (Voices of Montefeltro) Opera Academy for Belcanto Diction, Phrasing and Expression at Novefeltria, currently a summer school but with plans to operate throughout the year. The Palazzo Lombardi (formerly the secondary school) has been made available to him on a year round permanent basis by the municipality.
Linda Hirst has been Head of the Vocal Faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, since 1995 and has given masterclasses in conservatoires, summer schools and several American universities. She is President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society, a trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation, a Fellow of Dartington College of Arts and will be a member of the new advisory committee on opera education for the National Opera Studio.
Her solo career of international renown began travelling the world with the Swingle Singers and Electric Phoenix. She became particularly well known for her performances and recordings of contemporary music. In opera, she sang Handel with Nicholas Kraemer, Dido in the Trojans for Norrington, Ligeti for La Monnaie, Osborne and Knussen for Glyndebourne, Schoenberg for ROH and La Fenice, and in 2013 an improvised opera with Bruce McLean, and Lucie Treacher's The Fisherman's Brides for Tete-aTete in 2014. She has worked extensively with London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Recherche, singing Berio, Ligeti, Henze, Knussen, Holt, Weir, Muldowney, Lachenmann among many European and American composers, in Festivals Edinburgh, Paris, Metz, Hollan, Ars Musica and the Proms, with conductors including Gielen, Nagano, Rattle, Howarth, Metzmacher and Harding.Her many recordings include Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Hickox, Globokar's Les Emigres,Privilege with Ivor Cutler, Atom Heart Mother with Pink Floyd, the solo album Songs Cathy Sang with Diego Masson, and a recent release of a live improvisation with The Mercury Quartet on Non-Classical.
Donatella Dorsi, vocal coach, received degrees in Piano, Harpsichord and Music Education from the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, and a degree in Voice from the Music Conservatory of Fermo. For several years she was the accompanist for the Philharmonic Chorus of Pesaro, performing in more than 200 vocal concerts, both in Italy and abroad. Since 1990, she has worked at the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, where she has collaborated with Alberto Zedda, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Chailly, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Mariella Devia, and Juan Diego Florez, among many others.
From 2001 to 2004 she was an accompanist with the Centro Studi Italiani vocal programme in Urbania, and since 2004 has been part of the Voci nel Montefeltro Academy, as accompanist for the summer programmes La Musica Lirica - USA from Decatur, Illinois and the Lingua della Lirica from New York, whose students were study at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, the Mannes School and the Manhattan School of Music, New York, and many other well known US conservatoires.
She is currently professor of accompaniment and vocal coach at the Ferrara Conservatoire
Diana Beckett is a semi-professional singer who first came on this course as a student in Urbania in 1999 and has been coming back regularly since then. She thinks working with Ubaldo and his team is such a wonderful and enriching experience that she has been organising since 2006.
Winner of the accompanist prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Accompanist Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Accompanist's Prize, Chad is a highly accomplished and experienced accompanist.
After studying with Malcolm Martineau and Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music, Chad was awarded the position of Lord & Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music for two consecutive years. He works regularly with singers, as a staff member at the various summer schools (Oxenfoord, Abingdon and the Wessex) and is a particularly adept recitalist, performing at numerous festivals and competitions across the UK.
He has performed with the Sydney Chamber Opera Company, OperaUpClose, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Sinfonia's Education and Discovery Programs, as well as with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival. As a chamber musician, he performs as part of a horn trio called Trio SOL.
A native Italian, Ilaria Ciccioni is a permanent faculty member of Voci nel Montefeltro. She graduated from the University of Bologna with a master's degree in translation and conference interpreting and in 2008 received the DITALS ll certificate for teachers of Italian as a second language, from the University of Sienna. Since 2002, she has worked as a teacher of Italian for international students in various private schools, where she has combined her interest in language with her love for culture, art and history. Her teaching method involves comparative studies of grammar rules between Italian and other languages, as well as speaking and listening activities. Concurrently Ilaria works as a free-lance translator and interpreter, specialising in law related documents and is a member of the Italian Translators and Interpreters' Association, AITI. She has been working with the summer international programmes at the Voci nel Montefeltro academy, since its inception in 10 years ago.
She also offers field trips to many artistic and historical sites, especially in the Montefeltro and Valmarecchia regions.