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The vocal performance program at Carnegie Mellon prepares singers for professional careers in opera and the concert stage. Alumni of the School of Music are currently performing with orchestras and opera companies around the world, as well as performing on Broadway.

Vocal performance majors study the classical bel canto technique with an emphasis on vocal health. Four semesters of acting and dance enhance their performance skills. Each year, the School of Music presents two fully-staged productions and an evening of opera scenes.  Click here, for more information.

Voice majors also study Italian, French, and German, as well as English language diction; Junior and Senior year recitals include repertoire in all four languages. 

While there is close collaboration between the School of Music and the School of Drama, it is important to note that the vocal performance major in the School of Music is a separate program of study from the music theater major in the School of Drama. Talented young singers and actors may wish to apply to both programs with separate auditioning processes for each.

For more information about the School of Drama and the Music Theater Major, please visit the School of Drama Website here, or call 412-268-2392.

 

Curriculum:

The foundation of the Undergraduate curriculum contains five elements:
  • Studio: weekly individualized instruction within a major area of study
  • Theory: to develop listening skills, to acquire theoretical knowledge, to recognize structural techniques, and to manipulate technological resources
  • History: in depth study of western music and survey of non-western styles and structures
  • Ensemble Work: student participation in some of the School of Music Ensembles
  • Academics: one General Studies course outside of the School of Music per semester and six semesters of Elective courses

Carnegie Mellon courses are measured in units rather than credits or credit hours, with three units equaling a standard credit. More information here

COURSE TYPE

SEMESTERS REQUIRED

Studio

8

Major Ensemble

8

Languages

4

Diction/Literature & Repertoire

10

Acting

4

Dance

4

Production

4

Music History

7

Music Theory

4

Eurhythmics

4

Solfege

4

Keyboard Studies

4

General Electives

2-4


For more specific information regarding curriculum for the undergraduate Vocal Performance program please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

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Douglas Ahlstedt

Professor of Voice, tenor

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Douglas Ahlstedt has sung professionally in the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls, from the renowned stages of Europe, South America, the Far East, and Africa, to the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung 189 performances to date. He is the only American tenor featured in leading roles, including Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff and Pelleas in Dubussy's Pelleas et Melisande on the James Levine 25th Anniversary Collection of notable scenes from Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

Leading roles of Ahlstedt's career have included Lindoro in Rossini's Lâ Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Narciso in Turco in Italia, Idreno in Semiramide, Pilade in Ermione and Ramiro in La Cenerentola; Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff; Pelleas in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande; Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Sifare in Mitridate, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alessandro in Il Re Pastore; Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi; Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; Lorenzo in Auber's Fra Diavolo; Junge Graf in Zimmermann's Die Soldaten; Flammand in Strauss's Capriccio; and Eisenstein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Douglas Ahlstedt's singing career began with the American Boys' Choir, with whom he toured the United States and Canada. During that period, he sang the role of Miles in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Ahlstedt earned a bachelor of science in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and completed his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

In addition to his notoriety as a worldwide performer, Ahlstedt is known to be a formidable educator both in his studio and throughout the nation. Active in the promotion of arts, cultural, and education partnerships, Douglas Ahlstedt is well known as a national advocate for the advancement of the Arts in Education and as an authority on vocal health.

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Jennifer Aylmer

Assistant Professor of Voice, soprano

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American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals and impeccable musicianship. The New York Times has hailed her for her, “awesome accuracy,” while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, “bask in the aural delight of Aylmer’s dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction”

This season, Ms. Aylmer performs with Lyric Fest! in their La Dolce Vita  program, in a duet recital at The Trust in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Timothy Long, and as soprano soloist with Brevard Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She also appears in concert with the Utah Symphony in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Thierry Fischer.  At Carnegie Mellon University, she will sing on a new chamber music series in Schubert’s Auf dem Strom  with French hornist William Cabellero and later this season, she joins baritone Daniel Teadt, singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, both accompanied by pianist Mark Carver.

During the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Aylmer was guest soloist in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the White Light Festival, appeared with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival on a series of programs, sang as soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with Manhattan Concert Productions, and joined Lyric Fest! for concerts in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  She recently made her debut with Dallas Opera as Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and returned to Opera Theater of St. Louis for her now acclaimed performance of Despina in Così fan tutte, and to Portland Opera singing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda.   Stony Brook University recently premiered her new English translation of Hansel and Gretel and also saw her directing Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at both Stony Brook University’s Staller Center and at the National Opera Center in New York City.  

Ms. Aylmer is particularly noted for her work in newly composed American music, including her 2005 Metropolitan Opera debut as Bella in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy.  Other premieres in the operatic arena include Martha in Kirke Meachem’s John Brown with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rowena in Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia  and as Cynthia Reid in Bernard Rands’ Belladonna both with the Aspen Music Festival, and at Houston Grand Opera, and she created the role of Amy in Mark Adamo’s  Little Women.  She may also be heard on the 2012 release “The Opera America Songbook” on Kevin Puts’ new composition: You need song. Other roles at the Metropolitan Opera include Papagena in the first world-wide HD broadcast of The Magic Flute, Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and she has also covered roles in Hansel and Gretel, Cenerentola, and in Shostakovich’s The Nose.  Other highlights in the operatic arena include leading roles In Handel’s Orlando, Flavio, Semele, and Acis and Galathea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, The Grapes of Wrath, Der Rosenkavalier, The Medium, The Merry Widow, Filthy Habit, The Bartered Bride, Street Scene, Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, Il Matriomonio Segreto, L’occasione fa il ladro, Rigoletto and A Streetcar Named Desire with such companies as New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Boston, Atlanta Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Orlando Opera, Utah Opera, the Aspen Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Opera, Berkshire Opera. Austin Lyric Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera.

Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and an especially sought-after recitalist, Ms. Aylmer has been a featured soloist with many distinguished orchestras including the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and at the Beijing Music Festival.  She sang Eurydice in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall opposite Ewa Podles, and made her San Francisco debut singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas.  Ms. Aylmer is a recipient of the Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital from the Juilliard School, has appeared regularly with the New York Festival of Song, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward in their “The Music of Tin Pan Alley” programs, and has been presented across the country as a solo recitalist by the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

A native of Long Island, Ms. Aylmer holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College, and was a member of both the Juilliard Opera Center and the Houston Grand Opera Studio Programs.  Her many honors and awards include a Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Catherina Filene Shouse Career Grant from the Wolf Trap Opera Company.  She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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Raymond Blackwell

Vocal Coach, Staff Pianist, & Opera Workshop Coordinator

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Raymond Blackwell, baritone, coach, accompanist, and voice teacher is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University. As a resident artist with Tri Cities Opera Mr. Blackwell sang many roles ranging from Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme to John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. He has also sung with Opera Delaware, Ithaca Opera, Opera at Florham, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Opera. He came to Pittsburgh in 1996 and served six seasons as coach and accompanist for the Pittsburgh Opera. He is now on the voice faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an artist lecturer, accompanist and voice coach. Other appointments include the voice faculty at Binghamton University and Mercyhurst College. 

Blackwell also works as a rehearsal accompanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Johnstown Symphony where he has had the opportunity to play for such great singers as Jessye Norman, Kallen Esperian, Thomas Quasthoff, Sherrill Milnes, and Suzanne Menzer, to name a few. In the summer of 2006, he played and sang a concert at the Singer Laren Museum in Holland in the presence of Queen Beatrix and made his Pittsburgh conducting debut with Undercroft Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

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Mark Carver

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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American pianist Mark Carver was born in Mobile, Alabama and received his earliest musical training in Pittsburgh, PA from Jerry Veeck and Lorraine Gaal Landefeld. Other teachers include Natalie Phillips and Ralph Zitterbart. International artists with whom he has studied are Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Ozan Marsh, John Ogdon, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, and Pierre Sancan. He has studied at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, Académie Internationale d'Été, Nice, France, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Carver holds the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music.

He made his début with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and has been a guest artist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Plum Creek Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at Steinway Hall, NY, and his début at age 17 at Carnegie Hall, NY, was with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble in the première of Introduction and Allegro by Philip Catelinet.



"Total command" and "delightful" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) are words used to describe Carver's performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the River City Brass Band. Called "a stalwart presence in the local music scene" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), his accompanying for the Pittsburgh Camerata has been regarded as "refined and tasteful" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).  His work has also been acclaimed by The American Record Guide, Chamber Music America magazine, and Epoch Times.

His discography includes “Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano,”Spanish-American Songs” by Urtext Digital Classics label (www.urtextonline.com), and “Sacred Songs and Interludes: Music of Nancy Galbraith” with the Pittsburgh Camerata (www.pittsburghcamerata.org). 



Carver has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carnegie Award, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Youth and Major auditions, the Carnegie Mellon University Chamber Music Prize, and the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Award. He was the Grand Prize winner at the Cincinnati World Competition in 1975, which included a grant for summer study in France. He has been Artist-in-Residence for the Irma Gonzales Curso Magistral de Verano at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, and the James Madison University German Liederkurs in Freiberg, Germany. He currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of Music Ministries at the church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Green Tree, Pa.

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Michele de la Reza

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Michele de la Reza is co-founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, whose work has been presented throughout the US and in Switzerland, Japan, Monaco, Germany, France, Indonesia and Turkey. With co-artistic director Peter Kope, they made their Broadway debut in 2000 as choreographers for Squonk. They have choreographed and performed in ten productions with Pittsburgh Opera ranging from Carmen and Rigoletto to Dead Man Walking and Samson & Dalila. With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, they choreographed and performed in Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat featuring Pinchas Zuckerman and annually in the Holiday Pops series. They have collaborated with theater companies (Quantum Theatre), museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Frick Art Museum, Mattress Factory), and international dance companies (Japan’s Nibroll Collective and Belgium’s Compagnie Matteo Moles). Michele was a leading dancer with Dance Alloy and NYC-based Perks DanceMusicTheatre and is the recipient of three PA Council on the Arts fellowships and Hardie Educator of the Year. 

Attack Theatre is dance company in residence for the School of Music, where Michele is a teaching professor of dance. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School and a Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Roseanna Irwin

Associate Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying

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Roseanna Irwin holds both a bachelor's degree in music education and a master of music degree from Duquesne University, where she taught piano and was administrative assistant to the dean. In addition to teaching voice in her studio, she teaches at the Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theater. Irwin has served as head of the voice department at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Mini-Stars, and rehearsal and show pianist for the Civic Light Opera's main stage summer season. She was also a core member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and has sung roles in several Tuesday Musical Club operas. She has held posts as music director and accompanist for book shows and musical revues in Pittsburgh, Naples, Fla., and on the Royal Viking Cruise Lines. Roseanna is a member of the Tuesday Musical Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Service Sorority, is Secretary-Treasurer of Pi Kappa Lambda Theta Xi Chapter, and Vice-President of the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was formerly Chair of the School of Music’s Voice Department, and has served as a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, the University Student Affairs Council, and the CFA College Council.

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Peter Kope

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Peter Kope, founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, has created and performed works for the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), the Spoleto Festival USA, Tanzmesse (Germany), and the Broadway production of Squonk. He has also performed with Jacob Pillow’s “Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy”, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Alloy, and PerksDanceMusicTheatre. Peter interests in visual and installation art have led to many cross-disciplinary collaborations and site-specific commissions. Attack Theatre’s performances integrate dance, live music and video and have recently commissioned music by Dave Eggar (NYC) and Somei Satoh (Tokyo). Attack Theatre was featured in Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch for 2007,” named “Best Dance Company for 2007” (City Paper), “Best Dance Performance for 2006” (for The Kitchen Sink in the Post-Gazette), and received the National Dance Project touring award for Games of Steel. 

Attack Theatre is the company in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, where Peter is a teaching professor of dance. Peter has taught at numerous universities throughout the US and at hundreds of primary and secondary schools. He holds degrees from the University of Dayton.

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Gregory Lehane

Professor of Drama & Music

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Gregory Lehane has acted and directed in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He directed a trio of Greek tragedies while a guest teacher at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and taught and directed at the American University in Cairo.  He has directed television for all the networks and many cable outlets.  He has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Direction.

He recently appeared in The Foreigner at St. Vincent’s Summer Theatre and Dream of Autumn for Quantum, which was listed in Pittsburgh Top 10 shows of 2013.  Recent directing credits include the operas Riders to the Sea (play and opera), Lisbeth, Therese Raquin, and Night of the Living Dead for Microscopic Opera, Bus Stop for the School of Drama, and Tenderland and L’enfant et les Sortileges for the School of Music.  After L’étoile he directs Lives of the Saints, a bill of one acts by David Ives, for the School of Drama.

He holds the rank of Professor with the School of Drama and School of Music, where he has taught and directed for over 20 years.

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Mildred Miller Posvar

Artist Lecturer in Voice, mezzo-soprano

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Ms. Posvar has been a performing mezzo soprano for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, and appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses in Europe. She appeared regularly on radio and television, popularizing the classics on The Bell Telephone Hour and The Voice of Firestone. She has won special acclaim for her singing of German Lieder. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro; the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier; Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte. In 1978 she founded The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Miller studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and in Europe. She holds honorary degrees from the Cleveland Institute, the New England Conservatory, Bowling Green (Ohio) University, and Washington and Jefferson University. The University of Pittsburgh maintains a music scholarship in her name.

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Maria Spacagna

Associate Professor of Voice, soprano

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Providence born soprano, Maria Spacagna has been a regular guest artist at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo, the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, the Spoleto Festival, the Zurich Opera,  Bavarian State Opera of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Theater of Cologne, Opera Theater of Montreal, Canadian Opera, Shanghai Grand Opera, Capetown Opera of South Africa and many others. She was the first American-born artist to perform the role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at La Scala.  She has recorded for Vox Classics, the first commercial recording of the 1904 La Scala world premiere version of Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY which includes the revisions for Brescia and Paris. This is the first interactive recording of an opera designed for CD.  VARIETY, the American daily of the entertainment industry has written, “Spacagna is the Cio-Cio-San of our generation”.  The Spacagna Butterfly was selected by FANFARE, the recording industry quarterly, as one of the three opera “recordings of the year” for 1997.  Fanfare, places her recording of the role along with those of Tebaldi, Scotto and Toti dal Monte.  Her recordings of the title role of Mascagni’s Lodoletta for Hungaroton and Vivetta in Cilea’sL’Arlesiana for Harmonia Mundi have earned critical acclaim.  In 1993, the LA SCALA ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE OPERA wrote: “The elegance of Spacagna’s phrasing, coupled with a voice that is consistent across the range and great sensitivity of interpretation, led her to being acclaimed as one of the great singers of her generation.”  She has performed more than 40 roles in her career.  Among them are: Violetta, Gilda, Desdemona, Luisa Miller, Amelia Boccanegra, Mimi, Liu, Tosca, Micaela, Marguerite and Rusalka.

As Liu in Turandot, Ms. Spacagna has been featured at the Metropolitan Opera (including the international radio broadcast), La Scala, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera and in Korea and Japan with La Scala on tour.  Her Violetta in La Traviata has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Arena di Verona, Cologne, Toronto, Metropolitan Opera, Torre del Lago, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and New Orleans Opera.  As Gilda in Rigoletto she has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas, Milwaukee, Rio de Janiero, Toronto, New Orleans, Toledo, Artpark Festival, Winnipeg and Providence.

She returned to La Scala in 1996 to perform Cio-Cio-San, repeated the role at the Metropolitan, returned to Cologne and Berlin for more performances of Madama Butterfly and opened the Santa Fe Festival in their new production of that opera.  In the 1996/97 season she sang her first Tosca for Boston Lyric Opera and returned to the Met as Mimi in La Boheme and Cio-Cio-San inMadama Butterfly.  In 1997 Ms. Spacagna made her first appearances in Australia at Perth as Mimi in La Boheme and sang the Verdi Requiem.  Later that year she debuted in South Africa at Capetown with performances of Violetta in La Traviata.  In 1998 she added Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Met and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and reprised Liu in Turandot for the Met.  Other engagements included Madama Butterfly at L’Opera de Montreal, Pittsburgh Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Traviata in New Orleans.

Important performances for Ms. Spacagna in 1998/99 included UnBallo in Maschera with Opera Grand Rapids, Andrea Chenier for Baltimore Opera, La Boheme at the Met, Madama Butterfly for the inaugural performances of the Fresno International Grand Opera,La Boheme for Opera Providence, and La Traviata for the Shanghai Grand Opera in Shanghai, China.

Other notable roles in her repertory (and their venue) include: Lina in Stiffelio and the title role in Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera), Maddalena in Andrea Chenier (Cincinnati Opera), Desdemona inOtello (Columbus Symphony and Florentine Opera), Marguerite inFaust (Trieste, Montreal, Winnipeg and Providence), the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Florentine Opera), Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore(Metropolitan Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis), Micaela inCarmen (Dallas, Memphis, and Portland), Lord Byron‘s Love Letter(Trieste), and title roles in Rusalka (Spoleto Festival) and Lodoletta(New Jersey State Opera).

At the invitation of Placido Domingo, Ms. Spacagna performed at a State Dinner honoring the Prime Minister of Italy given by President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.

In concert, Maria Spacagna has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel, and the Verdi Requiem with the Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Pioneer Symphony, MA, and the Chorale and Orchestra of Perth, Australia.  She has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Civic Chorale, and New York’s Little Orchestra Society, the Queens Symphony and the Toronto Symphony.

Ms. Spacagna is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Master of Music in Voice with Distinction.  She was honored with an Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 from NEC.   She was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center at the Julliard School of Music.  In competitions, she was a second prize winner of the Busseto Verdi Competition in Italy, and the Paris International Voice Competition, and a New York regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  She is the recipient of 2 George London grants, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Distinguished Performance Award.  Ms. Spacagna is a recipient of a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In March, 2012, she received an award from the Italian Consulate General in Boston for Outstanding Achievement in Art, Culture and Entertainment.  She is also Honorary President of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and has received its first Distinguished Artist Award.  At the invitation of its founder, Sherrill Milnes, Ms. Spacagna is a faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience, a training program for emerging professional singers.  She was Lecturer in Voice at Boston University, College of Fine Arts from 2005 until 2012.  Presently, she is Associate Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts.  

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Daniel Teadt

Assistant Teaching Professor, baritone

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Internationally acclaimed baritone DANIEL TEADT has performed throughout the United States and Europe in over thirty operatic roles in repertoire spanning more than 400 years. His range of repertoire includes his New York City Opera debut as the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus which followed his critically acclaimed portrayals of Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Recently he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Susquehanna Vallay Chorale, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and Lyric Fest.

Upcoming he will be appearing with Pittsburgh Opera in Little Women, Akron Symphony for the Faure Requiem, West Liberty Chorale’s Messiah, Resonance Works, Elgar’s The Apostles with the Riverside Symphonia and the New York City premiere of Missa Latina with Canticum Novum. Other notable highlights include Grammy Award winning performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearances with Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Aix-en-provence Festival, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Anchorage Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival and Central City Opera among others.

A lauded concert singer and recitalist Mr Teadt has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Concerto Koln, Chatham Baroque, Los Angeles Master Chorale, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Victoria Bach Festival, the Orchestras of the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera as well as recitals with the Ravinia Festival, Music In A Great Space, Lyric Fest, Music Of St Paul’s Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Palm Beach Song Series, Freya String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recitals and Aix-en-provence Festival.

His accolades include the Theodore Uppman prize from the George London Foundation, a Matteus Sullivan Career Grant, top honors from the MacAllister and Palm Beach Opera Awards as well as the prestigious Ganzalus Prize for Voice.

As a Master Teacher and technician Daniel has presented master classes and workshops as well as taught students throughout the world including Central Conservatory of Music-Beijing, The Palacio das Artes in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arizona Opera, Ball State University, Clarion University, Arizona State University, Lincoln Park Performing Arts School, Trinity Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program, Opera Theater Summerfest, Point Park University and Washington & Jefferson College. Daniel is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Kelly Trumbull

Artist Lecturer in Acting

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Kelly Trumbull is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based actor and educator.  As an educator, she has collaborated with numerous local organizations such as City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Donna Belajac’s Actor’s Studio, Center for Theater Arts, MGR Foundation, Propel Charter Schools, and Bricolage.  She serves as an Adjunct Theater Professor at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, where she has taught acting, theater history, and humanities.  Additionally, she has taught in New York City at organizations such as Uncommon Schools, Wingspan Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and New York University’s Looking for Shakespeare.  As an actor, Pittsburgh theater credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre Company, Bricolage, No Name Players, and The Rep at Point Park University.  She also works regularly as an actor in television and film.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She is excited to begin serving on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music this fall, where she will teach acting to freshman voice majors.