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.
Répétiteur and Assistant to the Artistic Director
British conductor and pianist Jonathon Swinard enjoys a varied freelance career across the UK and Europe. He is currently based in Glasgow, where he works as Chorus Master and Répétiteur for Scottish Opera and as a vocal coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Between 2014-2016 he was a full-time member of music staff at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, where he conducted Carmen, Kiss me Kate, Singing in the Rain, Symphonie Fantastique (ballet) and Sleeping Beauty, as well as playing a vast range of operatic repertoire in both rehearsal and concert. Jonathon studied at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before joining the Music Staff at Scottish Opera as the company’s first Emerging Artist Répétiteur. From 2013-2014 he held the Alexander Gibson Choral Conducting Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. He was a bursary student on the 2016 Advanced Conducting Course at the Dartington International Summer School and continues to study conducting privately with Sian Edwards. In addition to his regular work in Scotland, he is Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Tuscany, Head of Music for the New Generation Opera Festival in Florence, and a guest vocal coach for Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
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
Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli established a major international operatic career in the 1990s and is rated as one of the leading lirico-spinto sopranos of her generation. The native of Milan studied at that city’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music, graduating with honors. After winning several international competitions, she began her operatic career in 1989 at the Teatro Communale in Florence in Bucchi’s Il Giuoco del Barone. She soon appeared at the Festival Donizetti in Bergamo and at the Carlo Felice Theater in Geneva. The year 1992 was one of major debuts for Frittoli, during which she appeared in Carmen in Philadelphia, in Naples in La Bohème, at La Scala in Milan in Beatrice di Tenda, and at Santa Cecilia in Rome in a rare production of Schubert’s Rosamunde. The next year she played in Carmen (Micaëla) and La Bohème (Mimì) at the Vienna State Opera and made an impression in Baroque opera in Pergolesi’s Flaminio at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
Mimì and Micaëla were her roles in her first season with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and she was Micaëla when she sang at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. She has also appeared in Ferrara, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra Bastille in Paris (as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni), the Teatro Communale of Florence, and the Regio of Turin. She toured with the Maggio Musicale of Florence as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot when it took its spectacular production to China. This included the famous performance known as “Turandot in the Forbidden City,” which has been recorded under Zubin Mehta’s direction as a compact disc and a DVD on the RCA label.
Other leading operas in her repertory include Le nozze di Figaro (Countess), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia), Otello (Desdemona), Falstaff (Alice Ford), Il Trovatore (Leonora), and Simon Boccanegra (Amelia). She was invited to participate in the opening production of the renovated Royal Opera House in London in 1999 as Alice Ford. Conductors with whom she has worked in opera and on the concert stage include Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, and Riccardo Chailly. In the year 2000, she added to her credits the parts of Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate, rè di Ponto and Marghereta in Gounod’s Faust. In addition to the Forbidden City discs, her recordings include Puccini’s Il Trittico on Decca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Teldec, Il Viaggio a Reims on Sony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on EMI, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater on Decca. She is also in demand as a concert singer, where her repertory includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Mozart’s D minor mass, K. 427, the two versions of the Stabat Mater already mentioned, Verdi’s Requiem, and Brahms’ German Requiem in addition to a concert performance of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. She appears frequently as a recital singer.
Born in Florence in 1982, Frederico started studying drama first as an actor and later as a director, making his debut at the Teatro Puccini in Florence with La casa di Asterione (J.L.Borges) in 2004. He graduated in 2008 from the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan, directing Expoi, first performed at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. From 2008 he’s been involved as director in the educational project as such as Operadomani, Operait and OperaKids, for helping children approach opera: the show, based on Nabucco, had its first performance in 2011 at Teatro Sociale di Como and in the french version in 2012 at Opèra Royal de Wallonie in Liege, Belgium.
Since 2004 he has directed and designed lights for many theatre and opera productions in Italy and around the world: Carmina Burana at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Hänsel and Gretel and Rigoletto at Teatro Sociale di Como, Gianni di Parigi (Donizetti) at the Festival della Val d’Itria in Martinafranca and Wexford Opera Festival, The Little Sweep (Britten) at Teatro Regio di Torino, Der Fliegende Holländer at Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Regio di Parma, Turandot at Opéra de Nice – Cote d’Azur, Hansel et Gretel at Opéra de Rouen – Haute Normandie, Rigoletto at the Macerata Opera Festival, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Nice – Cote d’Azur, Nabucco at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – Caracalla Festival, Pagliacci and Il tabarro at Korean National Opera in Seoul, Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) at Erfurt Theater in Germany, and most recently Fammi udire la tua voce (Guarnieri) at Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto.
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.
Artistic Patron of the GSA and 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.
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.
Italian Diction and Language coach
Italian born Stefano Baldasseroni started his career as a language teacher and coach when he moved to NYC in 2010. He began working for productions at Manhattan School of Music (Falstaff, Lucia, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Luisa Miller, La bohème and Don Pasquale). In 2012 he was the Italian coach for the summer program, Opera Siena (Suor Angelica and Orlando).
In 2016 he was asked by Dolora Zajick to work with the students in her summer program, Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, in which he used his skills as a drummer to work with all the singers on rhythm, as well as Italian diction.
In September 2016 he was hired by the Juilliard School to assist Corradina Caporello in coaching the Italian diction for the productions of Haydn’s La Fedeltà Premiata and Händel’s Agrippina.
Santa Fe Opera engaged him to be the Italian coach for Händel’s Alcina in July 2017 as well as working with the young artists there, after which he returned to the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
In 2018 he was hired by Rice University, in Houston, to work for their production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.
He’s currently working for Thomas Muraco’s Opera Repertoire Ensemble on a production of Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte.
He is in the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute.
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.