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Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri
(Artistic Director and Chief Vocal and Linguistic Coach)
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.
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.
Donatella Dorsi graduated from the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro with national diplomas in both singing and accompaniment and has worked as an accompanist for many years. Since 1990 she has collaborated with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, working with many well known opera singers including Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merrit, Mariella Devia, Daniela Barcellona, Alberto Zedda, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Chailly, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Patrizia Ciofi, Marianna Pizzolato, Juan Diego Flores, Donato Renzetti and many more.
From 2001 to 2004 she was an accompanist with the Centro Studi Italiani vocal programme in Urbania, and since 2004 has been part of the Voci nel Montefeltro Academy, as accompanist for the summer programmes La Musica Lirica - USA from Decatur, Illinois and the Lingua della Lirica from New York, whose students were study at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, the Mannes School and the Manhattan School of Music, New York, and many other well known US conservatoires.
She is currently a professor of accompaniment and vocal coach at the Ferrara Conservatoire
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 is now organising it.
Fiona Macleod was born in Scotland. She studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in England, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She worked in Scotland from 2004-2009 as a freelance pianist, repetiteur, teacher and lecturer. In 2009 Fiona moved to Modena, Italy where she worked at the Mirella Freni opera school as assistant pianist and piano teacher. During that time she was also a pianist for the Modena theatre, ‘Teatro di Pavarotti’. In 2011 Fiona moved to Germany to study German at the Weimar University. In September 2012 she began work at the Meiningen Theater where she is currently employed.
Additional music staff available
Fully qualified native Italian teachers for the language classes