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IVAI - NYC 2019 - Faculty

Faculty for the 2019 Summer Program in NYC is as follows:

FACULTY (2019):

Joan DORNEMANN, IVAI Co-Founder and Artistic Director Joan DORNEMANN
IVAI Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Joan Dornemann, Artistic Director and Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. In her position as Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, she has prepared the most prominent international artists for their performances at the Met. She has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Neil Shicoff, Juan Diego Flórez, and Anna Netrebko, among others. She has also collaborated with outstanding opera singers as an accompanist for many solo performances. Ms. Dornemann has been associated with the Gran Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, and the New York City Opera. At the Met she worked with such conductors as James Levine, James Conlon, and Carlos Kleiber. She prepared singers from the Kirov Opera for a recording of La Forza del destino and performances of Carmen and Aida under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and she was in charge of musical preparation for La Bohème and La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Paris. Ms. Dornemann was awarded an Emmy for her contribution to the highly acclaimed “Live from the Met” telecast of La Bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. She also teaches master classes throughout the world and is the author of Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera. She was honored by the city of Tel Aviv, which issued a commemorative stamp bearing her picture, and she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal.

Maestro PAUL NADLER - IVAI Co-Founder, Director of Musical Activities Maestro Paul NADLER
Co-Founder & Director of IVAI

Maestro Paul Nadler has distinguished himself as one of the world's most respected symphonic and operatic conductors. Since his debut in 1989, he has led more than 60 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting such stars as Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo. At the Met he conducted Dvořák's Rusalka (Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczala) as well as a new production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Other Met performances include Eugene Onegin (Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ramon Vargas) and Roméo et Juliette (Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani), as well as Tosca in Montreal and Naples, Florida, among others. Additional credits include his debut with the National Opera of Bucharest in Carmen and Don Giovanni, as well as productions with opera companies in Indianapolis, Utah, Calgary, Minnesota, Syracuse, Orlando, and Glimmerglass. Maestro Nadler returned to Opera Montréal for performances of Turandot and conducted La Bohème at Indiana University as well as The Merry Widow and Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. He is principal guest conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Romania) and also conducted gala performances in Beijing and in Alice Tully Hall for I Sing Beijing. He led concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Navarra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, and the orchestras of Bucharest, Iasi, and Brasov (Romania). His international engagements include conducting the Hong Kong Opera as well as performances in Plovdiv, Varna, and Russe (Bulgaria). In December 2002, he conducted at the Kennedy Center Awards ceremony in honor of James Levine. In 1974, Maestro Nadler founded the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, where he remained as music director and conductor through 1983.

Pei-Wen Chen Pei-Wen CHEN
Mannes School for Music

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Chen graduated from the National Academy of Art with the highest honor and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in 1990. In 1992, Ms. Chen entered the Mannes College The New School for Music in New York and studied with Nina Svetlanova. In 1994, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini with the Mannes Orchestra conducted by Maestro Michael Charry. Shortly after graduating from Mannes with a special piano award, Ms. Chen made her debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1995.

Since then, Ms. Chen has been regularly performing solo and chamber music works throughout the U.S.A., France, Germany, and Italy, to name but a few. In 1998, she joined the production of Fedora alongside Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni at the Washington Opera. Ms. Chen has been working with artists such as Licia Albanese, Elly Ameling, Martha Eggerth-Kiepura, Regina Resnik, and Jon Vickers among others. From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Chen was the pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild productions such as “Growing Up with Opera.”

Ms. Chen performs annually at the Alexander Paley Chamber Music Festival in Richmond, VA, as well as in Moulin d’Ande in France. In December 2001, Ms. Chen made her Paris debut at Salle Olivier Messiaen in Maison de Radio France with Concerto Pathetique for two pianos by Liszt. In 2003, Ms. Chen performed Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov (the composer’s own arrangement for one piano, four hands) in Seattle, WA. This performance was broadcasted live worldwide on king.org. In March 2004, Ms. Chen performed the Mozart and Mendelssohn Piano Concertos for two pianos with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alexander Paley in Vilnius, Lithuania, which was broadcast on T.V. Recordings of Ms. Chen playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the complete 4-hands cycles by Dvorák, and pieces by Johann Christian Bach, Charles Valentin Alkan, and Tchaikovsky are available on CD (edition: Alexander Paley music festival LIVE).

Ms. Chen is a member of faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music since 1999.

Mignon DUNN, 
Mezzo-Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Manhattan School of Music Mignon DUNN
Mezzo-Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Manhattan School of Music

Mignon Dunn, Voice Teacher, has sung leading mezzo-soprano roles in the most important opera houses of the world, including La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera, the Paris Opéra, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the opera companies of Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, as well as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Opera Nacional in Chile, Mexico City’s Bellas Artes, the Opera of Puerto Rico, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and Opéra de Montréal. In the U.S. she sang at Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, among others. At the Metropolitan Opera she sang more than 650 performances in 35 years. Ms. Dunn is known for her portrayals of dramatic Italian roles, such as Amneris, Azucena, both Laura and La Cieca in La Gioconda, the Princess in Adriana Lecouvreur, and Santuzza. Her French repertoire includes Dalila, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Carmen, which she has sung over 400 times in four different languages. Her German repertoire includes Wagner’s Ring, Ortrud, Kundry, Venus, Klytämnestra, Herodias, and the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Ms. Dunn has performed recitals all over the world and recorded for EMI, Erato, and Deutsche Grammophon. She has taught on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Illinois, Northwestern University, Brooklyn College, and for many years at the Manhattan School of Music.

, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Mannes College of Music Ruth FALCON
Soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Voice Teacher, Mannes College of Music

Soprano Ruth Falcon, Voice Teacher, has won wide acclaim in performances at the leading opera houses in Europe. In 1989 she made a spectacular Metropolitan Opera debut as the Kaiserin in Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. The chief music critic for The New York Times said that "her robust and glistening voice easily pierced the lushest orchestrations." She has since sung many other leading roles at the Met, including Turandot and Chrysothemis. Born in New Orleans, Ms. Falcon was the winner of several important international competitions, including those of Bussetto, Vercelli, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, and the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. She made her professional debut as Micaëla at New York City Opera in 1974 and began her international career in 1976, when she joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Ms. Falcon has performed with many of the world's great conductors, including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, and Andrew Davis. She may be heard in recordings of Wagner's Ring and Die Walküre. Ms. Falcon is also a voice teacher of international reputation. She has trained many star performers on the operatic stage, including Deborah Voigt and Sondra Radvanovsky, and is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music.

, Alexander Technique 
NYU, Juilliard Jessica CAMBIO
Voice Teacher

Hailed by the New York Times for her "agile coloratura and shimmering sound" Italian-American soprano Jessica Rose Cambio is thrilling international audiences and critics alike with her, "full-bodied Italianate soprano" (WQXR, NY) and her "depth, oozing sex appeal, sudden and disarming flashes of vulnerability, impressive development of the pathos of the character throughout, powerful soprano in top form vocally and largely at ease at the top and with something spicy in the colour of the voice that makes her genuinely exciting to hear." (Bachtrack, London). Ms. Cambio's upcoming engagements include a reprise as Nedda in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera, a debut as Liù in Turandot with Tulsa Opera, and a return to New York City Opera in the roles of Fiora in the Montemezzi rarity L'amore dei tre re and Magda in Puccini's La Rondine. Cambio completed her Bachelor of Music at Rhode Island College as a student of Maria Spacagna, her Master of Music at the University of Southern California as a student of Elizabeth Hynes, and her artist diploma at Mannes College the New School for Music as a student of Ruth Falcon. She spent many years in Italy as a star pupil of world renowned sopranos Renata Scotto and Mirella Freni and currently makes her home in New York as a student of Diana Soviero.

, Alexander Technique 
NYU, Juilliard Brent CHANCELLOR

Brent Chancellor is an American conductor and composer currently serving as Music Director of the Montclair State University Opera Orchestra and Music Director of the LUX Initiative to develop young audiences. Recent engagements include Cover Conductor for Nicholas McGegan and Otto Tausk with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzen at Festival Napa Valley, Conducting Assistant with Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Cover Conductor for concerts featuring André Watts, Leon Fleisher, Robert Levin, Seong-Jin Cho, Angel Blue and Lester Lynch. Mr. Chancellor has worked with musicians and young artists from The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric and La Scala, as well as stage directors Joshua Major, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, Ira Siff, Jeffrey Gall, Lawrence Edelson and Joachim Schamberger. In workshops, festivals and coachings, he has learned from many celebrated musicians including conductors Cristian Macelaru, Riccardo Muti, Markand Thakar and Johannes Schlaefli, composers George Crumb, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and Aaron J. Kernis, and opera coaches Benton Hess and Sherrill Milnes. He served as an Assistant Conductor to Paul Nadler from 2008-2013 and Ken Lam from 2016-2017. His opera credits include Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Tamerlano, The Rape of Lucretia, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Ariadne auf Naxos, La Traviata, The Rake’s Progress, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme and Cendrillon. He is currently on faculty at the John J. Cali School of Music where he teaches conducting and instrumental literature.

Librettist/Stage Director Bea Goodwin Be GOODWIN
Stage Director

Librettist/Stage Director Bea Goodwin makes her art on the YAP scene in New York. A performance graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Wroxton College in the UK , Goodwin takes her acting training and infuses it into her directorial techniques and ways of storytelling. Her original pieces have had their debuts at BAM, (le) Poisson Rouge, La MaMa Experimental Theatre and less conventional venues such as the gardens of the Mount Vernon Museum, behind the gallery walls at the Blue Building and inside a 130 year old mansion in Park Slope. She is set to stage The Rape of Lucretia with New Camerata Opera this spring alongside Broadway’s ASL choreographer Alexandria Wailes, employing deaf talent to work alongside singers to tell the story. This summer, with composer Whitney George, their opera Princesse Maleine will debut with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Goodwin’s mission is to cultivate inclusivity in our art form, all the while pushing the boundaries of exploration.

Rob HOLLAND, IVAI Music Administration Rob HOLLAND
IVAI Music Administration

Rob Holland, Scheduling Administrator, comes to IVAI from the Sarasota Opera, where he has been the Assistant Artistic Administrator for the past nine seasons. Since 2010, he has also been the Program Coordinator for the Land of Enchantment Opera Institute in Gallup, New Mexico. Prior to his work in opera, Mr. Holland worked in regional theater with Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, Chamber Theater Productions, and Actors Guild of Lexington. His assistant directing credits include West Side Story and Uncle Vanya (dir: Julianne Boyd), and Exit and Entrances (dir: Benny Sato Ambush).

Olga MAKARINA, Voice Teacher, Metropolitan Opera Olga MAKARINA
Voice Teacher
Metropolitan Opera

Born in Archangel, Russia, Metropolitan Opera soprano Olga Makarina, Voice Teacher, made her first New York appearances at New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and performed there as Gilda, Konstanze, and Olympia.  Other roles include Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta (Kirov Opera), and Eudoxie in La Juive (Opera Orchestra of New York). In 2006, she took on the demanding role of Elettra in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting. She sang the role of Gilda in both the Met in the Parks and during the house season, and Elvira in I Puritani. Other roles include Adina, Norma, Lucrezia Borgia, and Lucia. She sang Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride with Olga Borodina with OONY in 2008 and returned to the Met in the following years as Manon, Thais, Gilda, Lucia, Antonia, Donna Elvira, Vitellia, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Violetta, Eudoxie, Elvira, and Rossignol. In 1997, Ms. Makarina debuted at the Kirov Opera as Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. In 1999, she sang her first Pamina in a series of special gala performances with OONY at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. She also performed concerts and solo recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan, and sang the opening night gala of the Cesky Krumlov Festival with the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, which was televised in Eurovision.

Liora MAURER, Coach, 
Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera Alexis MARTIN
Alexander Technique

Alexis Martin, Alexander Technique (AmSAT), is passionate about helping young singers reach their potential though detailed exploration of mind-body awareness. A graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, Alexis has been invited to teach Alexander Technique at The Oyster Bay Music Festival, The Kaufmann Center, The International Masters Academy of Opera and master classes at Brooklyn College. She also served as a panelist for the 2017 Schuyler Career Bridges Grant.

Trained as a classical singer, Alexis participated in IVAI from 2000-2005 and became a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recipient of The Schuyler Career Bridges Grant. She was awarded First Prize in the Sun Valley Opera, Classical Productions and Friday Woodmere Music Competitions, received the Gold Medal from the Five Towns Music Foundation and won Second Prize in the Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos.

In addition to her Alexander Technique Certification, Alexis earned a Master’s in Music from Brooklyn College, an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and trained in the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program. She is currently on the voice faculty of Brooklyn College and maintains a private Alexander Technique studio in New York.

In addition to teaching voice and the Alexander Technique, Alexis enjoys an ongoing interest in mind-body wellness and maintains a regular Iyengar yoga and Vedic meditation practice.

Beth ROBERTS, Voice Teacher, Faculty, Mannes School of Music Beth ROBERTS
Voice Teacher
Faculty, Mannes School of Music

For over 20 years Beth Roberts, Voice Teacher, has been a dedicated and accomplished voice teacher and music educator.  She has been on the faculty of Mannes College since 1996 and has served as Coordinator of the Vocal Department since 2001.  Her voice studio has produced principal artists in many national and international professional venues, and her students have been finalists and winners of major vocal competitions all over the opera world. Through her affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department, she co-created a vocal pedagogy course and Professional Development Outreach for Mannes students in New York City public schools. Many of its graduates are now employed by the Metropolitan Opera Education Department and as music teachers at New York City schools. Ms. Roberts serves on the Education Committee of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She has been a vocal instructor for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and also served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions. A lyric soprano, she sang with many opera companies throughout the United States and performed numerous concerts.  She has also recorded for radio and television. Ms. Roberts earned her B.M. from the Eastman School and her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.


Since 2012 Mr. Rosenmeyer has been Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale. Together they have presented such works as Bach’s Mass in B minor, Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the New Haven Symphony. David is in his 14th season as Associate Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York. This season he lead the Society at Carnegie Hall in Berlioz’ La mort d’Ophélie; his previous Carnegie performances with the Society include choral music by Ives and Copland, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Te Deum, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, and Stravinsky’s Mass, which marked his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007. He also conducted the chamber orchestra for Britten’s War Requiem with the Society, both at Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Joining the Society on its international tours, he has conducted works in Rome, Leipzig, Budapest, São Paulo, Montevideo, and elsewhere.

Mr. Rosenmeyer began his conducting career as a guest of major orchestras throughout South America, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción of Chile, the Orchestra do Festival do Curitiba of Brazil, and the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has also led the Bellas Opera Company of Mexico City, including the final gala of its Morelli Opera Competition. In 2007, he was music director for the famed Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, which toured the U.S.

Christian Sebek, Tenor Christian SEBEK
Voice Teacher
Concordia College in Westchester, NY

For nearly five years Christian Sebek excited audiences as Ubaldo Piangi in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, a role he has performed over 1600 times. Mr. Sebek was the Soloist in the Berlioz Requiem to critical acclaim with the University of South Carolina Symphony in April 2016. In the 2017 he returned from China, where he sang concerts and gave master classes this summer. He recently jumped in to sing the role of Manrico with NJ Verismo Opera. In addition he has done several concerts including a Verdi concert with Bohème Opera and a series of concerts chronicling Puccini's life through his work with DiCapo Opera.

In 2011 he made his debut with the DiCapo Opera in New York as Michele in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street. The following July he appeared as Rodolfo in New York’s Central Park under the baton of Maestro Vincent LaSelva. Mr. Sebek created the lead role of Nathanael in Thomas Cabaniss’s Off-Broadway, contemporary opera The Sandman. He has sung Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opera Idaho, Radames in Aida and Calaf in Turandot with Bohème Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème with Center City Opera Theater, Opera in the Heights and Opera Western Reserve. Additional credits include the title roles in Otello and Samson et Delilah with One World Symphony, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Treasure Coast Opera and Center City Opera Theater, Canio in Pagliacci with Opera Western Reserve and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Company of the Hamptons and the Chelsea Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata and Manrico in Il Trovatore.

Christian Sebek holds Bachelors degrees in finance/accounting and music. For years, Mr. Sebek was the General Director of Stern's Music U.S., the country's leading African record company. During his tenure at Stern's, he helped launch hundreds of bands, labels and American tours. The most successful band was Africando, which recorded nine albums and topped the Latin music charts in New York and Miami.

In addition to his stage career, Christian is an active voice-over performing artist. He has sung dozens of TV, film, and radio commercials. Highlights include appearances on Comedy Central and Last Night with John Oliver and Weird Al Yankovic and in the movie Harlem Aria, starring Damon Wayans, Paul Sorvino and Christian Carmargo.

Christian is a member of Actor's Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. He is currently on the faculty of Concordia College in Westchester, NY.

Jane STEELE, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Colorado Jane STEELE
Vocal Coach
New Jersey State Opera

Jane Steele, Vocal Coach, is a freelance vocal coach and accompanist based in New York City. She earned her BA in music from Wellesley College while pursuing her other interests in languages and literature. She received her MM degree in vocal accompanying and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Steele has been a coach/accompanist at the Lidalnorth Festival in Oslo, Norway; the VOICExperience Foundation in New York; the International Institute of Vocal Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and IVAI in Tel Aviv. In 2002, she was a guest coach at the National Opera of China in Beijing. Ms. Steele was head of the coaching staff at IIVA in Chiari, Italy, from 1998 to 2008. She also held the position of Administrative Director of IIVA in Chiari and was the American liaison with the local Italian government. She has been the rehearsal pianist for numerous American companies, including New Jersey State Opera, DiCapo Opera, Opera Colorado, Natchez Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera and worked as a vocal accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. .She was also a guest artist at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

Marc Verzatt's, Stage Director Marc VERZATT
Stage Director
Mannes School of Music

Acting Techniques teacher and acting coach of the Voice Department at Mannes School of Music. Highly active as an actor, coach, and teacher. As stage director, Mr. Verzatt maintains a career staging opera, operetta, and musical theater throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. He began his theatrical career as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera, after studying drama at Rutgers University and ballet with New Jersey’s Garden State Ballet. After several seasons as a soloist with the MET Ballet, he left to continue his education in production as a stage manager with the Cincinnati Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his professional directing debut with a production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Columbus. He has since directed opera for the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and companies throughout the USA. In 2005 he returned to the Metropolitan Opera stage for a speaking role in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2006 he was named Outstanding Stage Director of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine. In demand as an acting and movement teacher, he has taught and directed at young artists programs in him to California, Brazil, and Sweden. Upcoming: April 2019 “The Gondoliers”, Blue Hill Troupe, NYC; June 2019 “The Buffoon in Opera”, National Gallery, Washington DC. He performs roles of the Judge and the Narrator/Mysterious Man in upcoming productions of “Sweeney Todd” and “Into the Woods” with Modern Opera in Manhattan in early 2019.

Eugenia Forteza, Soprano Eugenia FORTEZA
Social Media Manager

French-Argentinean Soprano Eugenia Forteza has been praised for her “soulful mood” (Opera Wire) and “fine tone and spirited acting” (Voce di Meche). Eugenia was a Finalist and Opera Role Prize Winner at the 2017 Concorso Internazionale di Canto Katia Ricciarelli in Cerisano, Italy.

Recent career highlights include her Colombian debut in concert at Museo Nacional de Colombia, her Canadian debut as Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal, originating the roles of Thérèse/Dada Queen in Tabula Rasa by Jarrar-Goodwin as part of the 2018 NY Opera Fest, covering the title role in Bare Opera’s Poppea and singing the role of La Pastorcita in the US premiere of El Rey Nació by José Luis González Moya. Eugenia holds a B.M in Vocal Performance (Summa cum Laude) from Boyer College of Music at Temple University and a M.M in Opera from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Upcoming engagements in 2019 include singing in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Magna Lírica’s Puccini Gala, covering the title role and being an ensemble member in María de Buenos Aires with Bare Opera, creating the role of Ugly Duckling in Felix Jarrar’s new opera Mother Goose, singing Frasquita in Carmen with Hudson Opera Theater and being a cover artist for New Amsterdam Opera’s Hérodiade.

Eugenia is the founder of the popular blog 360º of Opera. She also really enjoys her position as Social Media Manager for Lenny’s Studio and IVAI. For more information please visit www.eugeniaforteza.com and follow Eugenia on social media at @fortezaeugenia & @360ofOpera.

Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Grugan Olivia Smith GRUGAN

Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Grugan is the Production Manager of the International Vocal Arts Institute. Olivia has been a soloist with the Forest Hills Choir, Astoria Choir, and Mannes Baroque Ensemble. Olivia's concert work includes the Lord Nelson Mass, The Creation, Ein Deutsches Requiem, The Messiah, Petite Messe Solennelle, Ceremony of Carols, and a John Cage Tribute Concert with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has performed at IVAI, the Westchester Arts Festival, the AIMS Lieder Festival in Graz, Austria, and the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience Festival. She has performed the role of Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon at the National Opera Center with the New York Lyric Opera Theater. She has performed Carmen in scenes at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Amore Opera at the St. Jean Theater. Olivia currently runs the Voice studio at Sage Music in LIC, Queens. She is a student of Mignon Dunn and coaches with Joan Dornemann. Olivia holds a Bachelors of Music from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters of Music from Mannes College the New School.



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