"We are very proud of this great team of experts that we were extremely fortunate to be able to assemble.  As well, we will be getting a visit from one of the worlds most Iconically Acclaimed Maestros, who we will surprise our participants with!" 



Liu Chang

Pianist & Vocal Coach - Beijing, China

Royal Academy of Music - London, UK



Elizabeth De Trejo

Soprano & Voice Teacher

New York & Philadelphia, USA

Elizabeth de Trejo has sung the most demanding bel canto repertoire in theaters worldwide. A graduate of the Yale University School of Music, she was the winner of numerous awards including the Gerda Lissner Opera competition, MacAllister Opera competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Jenny Lind Soprano competition, the Rosa Ponselle competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation Opera competition and the Liederkranz Foundation competition. Elizabeth de Trejo was invited by Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes to direct the Camp Voice program for the Savannah Voice Festival and currently, Elizabeth sits on the executive board of Joy In Singing - The Art Song Institute, in New York City, which hosts the International Art Song Competition, recitals and masterclasses.

Studio De Trejo specializes in the craft and art of the Bel Canto technique, from the inhale, the appoggio or lean, the onset of phonation, (infilare il fiato), to tone placement and the complete application of the craft that gives way to the freedom of the artist mind. Every question is answered. If the mind and spirit are open, there is no more mystery, only results. Elizabeth has been teaching voice to those artists that have been privately recommended by coaches, managers and other industry professionals for many years, and from this work, what began as a boutique, bespoke project offered only to a few, has now grown into a fully realized institution that is brimming with vitality and success. Many of the artists in the studio are being recognized not only for their technique and voice, but for their expressiveness and artistic immediacy in the their interpretations. Studio De Trejo is based in New York City and Philadelphia.


Alan Fischer

Dramatic Interpretation, Tenor & Voice Teacher

The Governor's School for the Arts - Virginia, USA

Alan Fischer is an accomplished teacher specializing in operatic character development and audition presentation for singers. For nearly the past 25 years, Mr. Fischer has been the Chair of the Vocal Music Department at the Governor's School of the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia where he developed a very successful high school classical vocal music program with an emphasis on opera and art song. Mr. Fischer has directed all across the United States and has directed and conducted more than 30 opera productions at The Governor's School for the Arts where some of his students have gone on to have major international careers singing at the top opera houses around the world. Alan has given master classes at Oklahoma City University, Georgia State University, Christopher Newport University, and Texas Woman's University, as well, he has been recognized by the North Carolina School for the Arts as a 'Teacher of the Year', and recognized as a 'Super Teacher' by The Frost School of Music in Miami. 

As a performer, Alan began his professional singing career at age of six as a soloist with the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Children's Choruses and he maintains over 50 character and supporting tenor roles in his repertoire and has performed with many American companies and in Europe. Alan graduated from City College of the City of New York majoring in Psychology and Education and attended the Goldovsky Opera Institute sponsored by the New England Conservatory of Music. 


Wa Wa Hao

Dramatic Tenor & Voice Teacher  - Changchun, China

Royal Academy of Music - London, UK



Sandra Hormozi

Artist's Manager, Encompass Arts

New York, USA

Sandra Hormozi is a member of the Encompass Artist Management team and regularly appears as the Professional Development Audition Masterclass guru in the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Sandra possesses the knowledge of the music, business, and philanthropic industries from the inside-out. Known for many years for her singing, Ms. Hormozi’s background has given her fine-tuned appreciation for artistic excellence and the realities and practicalities of the current state of the industry. Her work with premier operatic artists and business leaders has set the bar high for artistic standards, tempered with a down-to-earth work ethic. 

Sandra Hormozi began at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She was a Studio Artist with Central City Opera, a Young Artist with Sarasota Opera and spent two summers as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera.  She then completed two years as a Young Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, under the leadership of famed director, Tito Capobianco, where she performed a wide range of roles both in the mezzo-soprano and soprano repertoire. Sandra has also sung many concerts around the world and was a finalist of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has participated in numerous master classes and privately worked with Franco Corelli, Regine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Evelyn Lear, Martin Katz, Hermann Prey and Renata Scotto. 

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Eric Margiore

Italian American Tenor & Voice Teacher 

Summer Program Leader & Founder

New York, USA

Italian American and New York native, of Sicilian and Neapolitan roots, World Class Tenor, Eric Margiore, prides himself on a deep knowledge and understanding of the full throated vocal technique and style of the Golden Age Italian School, as well as an intense comprehension and appreciation of the great singers of that same era.  Eric has studied with many of the prominent voice teachers and maestros in New York as well as internationally, with his most current being the world renowned, Bill Schumann, of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, USA. Having successfully transitioned from Baritone to Tenor in his early career, Eric has been privately sought after by those making a similar transition, as he is intimately versed in the technical demands and the nuances of repertoire, of both voice parts; that he can intellectually explain in theory, while clearly demonstrate in vocal example.  

Eric has performed an array of the Romantic Leading Tenor repertoire, with his most reprised roles being, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Verdi’s, Requiem. He has sung under the baton of such inimitable maestros as, Donald Runnicles, Carlo Rizzi, Steven Mercurio, and Stephen Lord to name just a few, and he has performed at many of the prestigious international opera houses including, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, New York City Opera, Opera Hong Kong, St. Margarethen Opera Festival, Opera Holland Park, Michigan Opera Theatre and many more, as well as with some of the top symphony orchestras in the United States, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.  

Eric has been recognized by, and a winner of, prestigious awards, including from the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera International Studio's, as well as a Metropolitan Opera National Semi-Finalist. Eric holds music degrees from New York University and the Mannes College of Music, and received his formal young artist training at Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 


Bruno Nicoli

Conductor, Pianist & Vocal Coach - Carrara, Italy

Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) - Milan, Italy


Originally from Carrara, in the Tuscany region, Italian native, Bruno Nicoli, is the official music-stage conductor of the one of the most important opera houses in the world, Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) in Milan, Italy, where he has been working since 1997.  Mr. Nicoli has worked as repetiteur, pianist, choirmaster, prompter, and conductor.  He has collaborated with some of greatest conductors in the opera world, including R.Muti, L.Maazel, M.W. Chung, J.Conlon, D.Barenboim and R.Chailly to name just a few.  Bruno is a master in all of the core Italian opera repertory; Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and especially, Puccini. He has also worked at the San Francisco Opera, and conducted many times, Puccini's operas, at the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago.  As a pianist, Bruno has played recitals throughout Italy, Great Britain and France for some of the opera worlds greatest stars, including, Ghena Dimitrova, Raina Kabaivanska, Maria Dragoni, Tiziana Fabbricini, Luciana Serra, Salvatore Licitra, Giuseppe Filianoti & Vincenzo La Scola. 


Giovanni Pasotto

Language Program & Logistics Coordinator

Centro Studi Italiani - Urbania, Italy


Giovanni Pasotto holds the position of General Manager of Centro Studi Italiani, one of the most respected Italian language and cultural centers in Italy. Based in Urbania, in the heart of the Marche region, the company was founded in 1985 by his parents and hosts an average of 500 students per year coming from over 180 different countries throughout the world. Prior to joining Centro Studi Italiani, Giovanni built his career in Milan where for four years he served as a consultant for a consortium of arts/cultural organizations and fashion companies. Before this, he spent a year in London working in the Marketing Department of the English National Ballet. Giovanni, both an Italian and UK national, holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Music from Millikin University, U.S.A.


Founded in 1985, Centro Studi Italiani is the first school for foreigners in the Marche Region and one of the most respected institutions of its type in the world. Ever since its foundation, the school has provided Italian language and culture classes to more than 10,000 students from all over the world. Centro Studi Italiani offers all levels of Italian courses for every student, from grammar and conversation classes for the absolute beginner, to literature courses for the extremely advanced; the programs are therefore flexible, adaptable, varied, rich and unique. Classes are intentionally small to allow students to best relate to each other while enjoying personalized and individual attention from faculty. Centro Studi Italiani is an official examination center for the CELI exams of the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the Dante Alighieri Society’s PLIDA, and the Accademia di Lingua Italiana’s certifications. Each week the school organizes cultural excursions to exquisite destinations of artistic interest and natural beauty around Italy including Urbino, Gubbio, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Verona, Venice, and more.

Centro Studi Italiani is very excited to be collaborating with the Premiere Opera International 2018 Summer Program. 


Alessandro Praticò  

Pianist & Vocal Coach - Reggio di Calabria, Italy

Opéra National de Paris - Paris, France


Born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, Alessandro Praticò is a very important up and coming vocal coach and pianist, as he is currently in residence at the Paris Opera Academy of the famed Opéra National de Paris. He has performed regularly as a soloist in important music festivals in Italy and abroad and, he has worked as vocal coach on various opera productions including, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, L'arlesiana, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Un Ballo in Maschera, Andrea Chénier, CarmenSimon Boccanegra and The Marriage of Figaro, with conductors like, Donato Renzetti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Matteo Beltrami, Thomas Roesner, Myron Michailidis and David Crescenzi, to which Alessandro has been principal assistant. Mr. Praticò has frequently been invited to participate as an accompanist in master classes on vocal and instrumental technique, notably at the Corso d’Opera, one of the most important companies for young singers in Italy, and he has worked with singers like Luciana D’Intino, Dolora Zajick, Lucio Gallo, and Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi. 

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Mauricio Trejo

Mexican Italian Heldentenor & Voice Teacher

New York & Philadelphia, USA

Mauricio Trejo, Heldentenor, has sung internationally and has given numerous masterclasses in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and in the United States, including the University of Texas El Paso, and The National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, that has produced talent like, Francisco Araiza, and Placido Domingo. Mr. Trejo graduated with his Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the Panasonic Scholar of the Year, and in addition, he was a recipient of the Placido Domingo Scholarship through SIVAM - The International Society of Mexican Art Values. Mauricio has recently been named, the International Cultural Attache of the Bel Canto Italiano Beniamino e Rina Gigli Foundation, as well, he is a Sony Classical recording artist.

Mauricio has worked privately in New York with singers that have sought him out in order to help them resolve specific issues preventing them in furthering their artistic development. As a Behavioral Therapist, and an accomplished Vocal Artist and Instructor, Mauricio specializes in procuring the health and wholeness of the artist. In helping the artist to understand who they are and where they are in their development, through their weaknesses and strengths, he helps them identify their physical and mental blockages, thusly empowering them. This is all supported by very specific Bel Canto, meditation, breathing, motion, and acting techniques, that entitle the student on a profound personal level, and subsequently, their entire artist-self. This gives immediate results to the performer, increasing their confidence and solidifying their career trajectory.


Michael Fennelly

Bösendorfer Artist, Pianist & Vocal Coach

New York, USA


* Due to scheduling conflicts, DR. MICHAEL FENNELLY will only be joining us in our New York City Masterclass Series, which will take place towards the end of 2018, after the Italian Summer Program.

Bösendorfer Artist, Dr. Michael Fennelly, is one of the most trusted pianists in New York City for auditions, rehearsals, collaborations, and role preparation for opera singers. Michael has performed in many of the world's great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall where he was the soloist and premiered his choral arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, Munich’s Prinzregenten Theatre, and Berlin’s Komische Oper. His recitals have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City) and NDR Radio (Germany). On film, he appeared as the young Harry Truman (who initially trained to become a concert pianist) for PBS’ American Experience. 

Michael Fennelly has been a staff pianist and coach for several years with The Juilliard School, and has collaborated with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival as well as with Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic. He has also worked as a music director at New York City Opera, and on several productions with Gotham Opera and at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Michael has performed with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera including, Renée Fleming, represented the US on a tour of Japan for the State Department, has performed for the Aristotle Onassis Foundation, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Opera Index Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Allied Tours, the Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.


Eve Queler

Conductor, Pianist & Vocal Coach - New York, USA

Artistic Director Emeritus, Opera Orchestra of New York 

2010 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Award

* Due to scheduling conflicts, MAESTRO EVE QUELER will only be joining us in our New York City Masterclass Series, which will take place towards the end of 2018, after the Italian Summer Program.

The American conductor, Eve Queler, is the Music & Artistic Director Emeritus of the Opera Orchestra of New York, where she has performed mainly rare operas in concert version at Carnegie Hall, in well over 100 performances. Over her tenure, she has lead operas by, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini, as well as rare, French, German, Russian, and Czech operas. Eve has conducted some of the greatest of opera singers, including, Richard Tucker, Placido Domingo, Monserrat Caballe, Renata Scotto, Leonie Rysanek, Carlo Bergonzi, Alfredo Kraus, Nicolai Gedda, Renee Fleming, Aprile Millo, Marcello Giordani, and Samuel Ramey, to name just a few, as well as some of today's young, up and coming stars. 

Although primarily dedicated to the Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler has worked on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera Studio, Metropolitan Opera National Company, and New York City Opera, as well, she has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous opera companies and orchestras internationally, including, the Mariinsky Theatre, Opera Australia, Hamburg State Opera, the National Theatre in Prague, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt Opera, Opera de Nice, Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Eve Queler is the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Award, one of the nations highest musical honors and achievements.