29th August – 5th September 2020
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.
Maestra Rosciani has been working with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro since 1999 as a piano accompanist and currently assistant conductor. In 2006 she was appointed as piano accompanist at the Pesaro Rossini Academy by Alberto Zedda, with whom she worked closely and who was so impressed that he affectionately called her "his sister in Rossini". She taught there till 2015 when her talents took her to a wider audience.
She is the principal conductor and chorus master of the Mezio Agostini Opera Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano. Since 2016 under her direction as chorus master they have performed regularly at the Rossini Opera Festival in various Rossini productions (Adino, Il Turco in Italia, La Riciniscienza etc.) at the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro.
As pianist and assistant conductor she has worked with many talented artists (Luciana Serra, Raina Kabaivanska, Lella Cuberli, Nicola Alaimo, Simone Alaimo, Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres and Carlo Lepore), and with opera houses and other venues in Italy mainly in her home region of Le Marche (Ancona, Fano, Jesi, Osimo) but also in Savona, Bergamo, Treviso, Chieti, Modena, Rome and Florence. Abroad she has worked with the Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the Placido Domingo Centre de Perfectionnement in Valencia. She has conducted both orchestra and choir in major operas: Carmen, Rigoletto, L'Elisir d'Amore, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville, plus the Rossini operas performed at the Rossini Opera Festival.
In 2016 she conducted Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Pesaro and at the Sala Accademica of the Conservatoire "Santa Cecilia" in Rome. In November 2018 she conducted this same work at the Teatro Mario Del Monaco in Treviso with the famous soprano Luciana Serra.
In February 2018 she conducted the Rossini Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano in a recital with baritone Nicolo Alaimo performing an integral Rossinian programme recorded live. This recording was used as the soundtrack of the video for the 40th anniversary of the Rossini Opera Festival and this performance of Figaro's aria "Largo al Factotum" was chosen by the City of Pesaro as its theme piece for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death.
In 2018 Mirca was the first woman to conduct the Sesto Armonico Symphony Orchestra on RAI Uno TV's programme Prodigi. That same year the RAI invited her to be a member of the jury at their San Remo Song Festival.
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 the course 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 at the Wigmore Hall, Chad is one of the rising young stars of the accompaniment world.
Born in Australia, Chad first studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to London. He now maintains a full workload as a staff pianist and vocal coach at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London, and performs regularly across the UK and internationally.
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.