Jonathan Papp

Artistic Director

Jonathan Papp is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Susan Gritton, Katarina Karneus, Christopher Maltman, Amanda Roocroft, Sergei Leiferkus, Marina Poplavskya, Moray Welsh and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, amongst others. Venues have ranged from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has made radio and television broadcasts here and abroad with such artists as Dame Kiri and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He has worked as both coach and recital partner with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for over seventeen years.

He has given Masterclasses at the Royal Opera House and abroad, including Japan and New Zealand. He has been on the staff of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, for the Royal Opera House, the Walton Foundation in Ischia and for the Tosti Institute in Ortona. In 2004 he co-founded the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy, of which he is Artistic Director, working alongside an expert hand-picked faculty and inviting an impressive range of artists to give masterclasses, including Frederica von Stade, José Carreras, Richard Bonynge and Angela Gheorghiu.

He trained at the RAM in London, where he won prizes for piano accompaniment, solo playing and chamber music, and was appointed the Hodgson Fellow for piano and an Associate of the Royal Academy. He undertook further postgraduate studies with Bruno Canino in Milan and Geoffrey Parsons in London. Jonathan Papp was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. Papp is a member of the Vocal Faculty and the Opera School at the RAM.




Jonathon Swinard

Répétiteur and Assistant to the Artistic Director

Conductor and pianist Jonathon Swinard studied at St. Catherine’s College Oxford, where he held the New Chamber Opera Répétiteur Scholarship, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From 2012-2014 he was engaged as Scottish Opera’s first Emerging Artist Répétiteur, playing a wide range of operatic repertoire in both rehearsal and recital. During this time he worked regularly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, first as a visiting vocal coach then later as Head of Music Preparation for the Opera Department. As répétiteur he has worked for Scottish Opera, Clonter Opera, Haddo House Opera, British Youth Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and New Chamber Opera. He has worked as chorus master for Edinburgh Grand Opera, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Puccini La rondine, Mozart La clemenza di Tito, Nicolai Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), the Guildhall School (Rorem Our Town), and the Oxford University Student Chorus. From 2013-2014 he held the Alexander Gibson Choral Conducting Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. More recently he was the assistant conductor for the world-premiere of Nicola Lefanu’s chamber opera Tokaido Road for Okeanos. During his studies he was the recipient of a Musician’s Benevolent Fund Post-Graduate Performance Award, the Leonard Hancock Memorial Award and the Roderick Brydon Memorial Award. In September 2014 he joined the Music Staff of the Staatstheater Nürnberg as Solorepetitor und Kapellmeister.



Corradina Caporello

Italian Diction and Language coach

Born in Rome, Corradina Caporello, is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard and Curtis Schools of Music in the United States.

She has taught Italian language and literature at Columbia University, has coached Italian operas in the United States, Canada, Italy, Israel, and China, and has taught master classes in Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico, as well as in the United States. She is a member of the board of directors of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.


Dennis O’Neill

Artistic Patron of the GSA and Principal guest vocal coach

Dennis O’Neill has appeared for all the major Opera companies of the world, specialising in Italian repertoire and Verdi in particular. His long relationship with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden has covered over two hundred performances centred around the great Verdian roles. At the Met he has appeared in La Traviata, La Bohème , Aida , Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Pagliacci and as a frequent guest at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, in Il Ballo, Trovatore , Rosenkavalier, Tosca, Lucia, Boccanegra, Aida and Otello with Zubin Mehta. For the Vienna State Opera he has appeared in Boheme, Butterfly, Turandot, Traviata, Ballo and Trovatore.

Dennis O’Neill was appointed Commander of the British Empire for services to Opera and many other acknowledgments include the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music, the Order of St John and the Verdi Medal of the Amici di Verdi.

He is deeply involved with the training of young singers giving masterclasses around the world. This season he will travel to the Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, France and Italy (Solti Accademia). He is a visiting professor at various institutions and frequently serves as an adjudicator at International Competitions . Dennis O’Neill is the Founder and Director of the Wales International Academy of Voice at the University of Wales.



Alexander Zeldin

Stage Direction

Alexander began directing at school and while still a university student he set off for Cairo with a group of young actors and created a production (supported by the British Council) that featured Egyptian folk musicians and toured Egypt and the UK. In the five years since, Alexander has worked in a wide variety of contexts and different theatrical cultures: In Russia at the Mariinsky Opera directing works by Adès, Puccinni and Wagner, creating three productions with Valery Gergiev conducting and directing artists such as Nikolai Putilin, Larissa Diadkova and Evgeny Nikitin.

His Production of Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès was the Russian Première of that work and was part of a wider festival of contemporary music Alexander helped put together, which is  now a yearly event, known as New Horizons. Since then, he has created work in South Korea where he directed Macbeth with Yi Youn Taek’s Goripae Group (Korean Critics Choice) and in 2010 was selected to helm the European Theatre Company at the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, where he again collaborated with artists from the Middle East on a production of Romeo and Juliet.

In 2011, he started his own theatre company together with longstanding collaborator, movement director Marcin Rudy, creating a new devised music and dance-theatre work, “Shemehé”, for the British Council-National Theatre Studio-Rustaveli National Theatre Georgia, in January 2012.  Since 2010, he has been a member of the Solti Accademia faculty, where he works with the leading young opera singers of the future.


Isabella Radcliffe

Language coach

Isabella Radcliffe, born in London of Anglo-Italian parents, grew up bi-lingual in Italian and English. She studied Music and Modern Languages at Durham University and later as an Italian Language Coach at the National Opera Studio with Maria Cleva. Having studied voice with Ruth Holton, Isabella has sung in small and large choruses including New London Chamber Choir, London Oratory Junior Choir and London Philharmonic Chorus. 

Isabella coaches regularly at the major UK and international opera companies and music colleges including: Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Opera de Lille, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera and British Youth Opera, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, National Opera Studio, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden, Wales International Academy of Voice, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Morley College and Associated Studios.

She has also worked for the music record labels Opera Rara, Sony Classical, Hamonia Mundi and Linn Records, for the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the King’s Consort and for BBC2’s TV programme “Maestro”.  Isabella is proud to be involved in the Glyndebourne Academy, an inspiring new operatic development project which aims to support gifted and talented young singers, directed by Mary King. Isabella is a grateful recipient of the Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera. www.isabellaradcliffe.com


Paolo Speca

Principal Vocal coach

Paolo Speca is Head of the Vocal Faculty at the Conservatoire of Pescara in Italy. As a baritone he has performed extensively in Italy and abroad, both in opera and recital.

Since 1998 he has been the Director of the chorus at “Fondazioni all’Opera di Teramo”, which has presented many opera productions and released a number of notable recordings.



Mary Lou Falcone

Public relations specialist in the area of classical music, owner of M.L. Falcone, Public Relations

Mary Lou Falcone began an association with the GSA in 2013, giving the singers the benefit of a condensed version of her long running reality course at The Julliard School in New York. The course addresses the complexities of working and surviving in the music profession. Mary Lou is a classical music public relations specialist who created M.L. Falcone, Public Relations in 1974. From her office located in Manhattan’s cultural nucleus, she currently shares her expertise with such distinguished organizations as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden and Linz Opera/Dennis Russell Davies, along with Lucerne Festival, Carnegie Hall, Spring For Music, Birgit Nilsson Foundation and the Avery Fisher Artist Program.

Ms. Falcone attended The Curtis Institute of Music where she studied voice. Upon graduation, she sang professionally for eight years with such organizations as the WNET Opera Theatre and the St. Paul Opera Company and soloed with orchestras, sang oratorio, and appeared in recitals. Also during this period, Ms. Falcone was a member of the faculty at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where she taught voice and general music for six years before being asked to chair the Music Department, which she did for several years. Ms. Falcone is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School, and has lectured at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, and at the Curtis Institute of Music. She is a member of the Curtis Institute of Music Board of Overseers and a founding director of Spring For Music. Mary Lou Falcone resides in Manhattan.


Emanuela ‘Pepi’ Ferrari

Director of Studies – Italian language and repertoire coach

Born and raised in Modena, two members of her family were opera singers when bel canto was still a living tradition, Emanuela Ferrari is on the Faculty of the Royal Academy of Music, where she teaches Italian language and repertoire interpretation classes. She taught languages and literature at the University of Natal, in South Africa, where she also wrote articles for literary publications, and translated and edited various works. She was organiser and language coach of the summer courses for singers in Ortona, in collaboration with the Tosti Institute, 1997-2001. She also works as consultant language coach with many singers, groups and organisations.