Valda Wilson

Intensive Voice Guest Artist

Blessed with a ‘full soprano voice, crystal clear’, ‘sensuous and sensitive phrasing’, Valda Wilson has gained a reputation as a true singing actress on the operatic stage, an outstanding interpreter of the works of Mozart, Strauss, Handel, Verdi and Puccini.

She enjoys collaborative relationships with conductors including Sébastien Rouland, Marko Letonja, Richard Bonynge, Christopher Ward, Gaetano d’Espinosa, Philippe Herreweghe, John Fiore, Erin Helyard and John Nelson, and directors Eva-Maria Höckmayr, Lorenzo Fioroni, Roland Schwab, Vasily Barkhatov, Wolfgang Nägele and Lindy Hume.

Recent highlights include performances of Beethoven 9 and the concert aria ‘Ah! Perfido’ with the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Strasbourg Philharmonique, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; house debuts at the Royal Opera House Copenhagen (Die Walküre) and the New National Theatre Tokyo (Orfeo ed Euridice); as well as major role debuts at the Saarländisches Staatstheater where she has been a member of the ensemble for several years. These include the Feldmarschallin (Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Mozart), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito, Mozart), Marguerite (Faust, Gounod), Violetta (La Traviata), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlos, 5-act French version), and most recently an immense success in her first major Puccini role: ‘So intimate, so moving, yet in the depths of tragedy so beautiful in timbre… Suor Angelica unquestionably crowned the evening.’ (Il Trittico).

Valda’s irreverent Australian sense of humour has proven an asset to the world of German and Austrian operetta – particularly the characters of Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus).

In 2012, she was chosen by Richard Bonynge to be the only featured soloist at the Westminster Abbey memorial service for the late Dame Joan Sutherland with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.

Valda’s extensive discography includes a recording of Handel’s Rodelinda with Maestro Bonynge, Theodora for Pinchgut Opera (ABC Classics), songs of Franz Schreker and Paul Hindemith with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Christopher Ward, Verdi’s Un giorno di regno and a CD of Beethoven with Marcus Bosch and Capella Acquilea.

Eric Stoklossa

Intensive Voice Guest Artist

Eric Stoklossa, renowned tenor from Dresden (Germany), has established himself as a prominent figure in the international opera and concert scene. With a prolific career spanning leading opera houses, prestigious music festivals, and renowned concert halls, Stoklossa has captivated audiences worldwide with his exceptional talent and versatility.

Stoklossa made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009, portraying Aljeja in Janácek’s From the House of the Dead, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Pierre Boulez. He also debuted at La Scala in January 2009 as Janek in Janácek’s The Makropulos Case and later returned to Milan to revive Chéreau’s production of From the House of the Dead. A milestone in his career was his portrayal of Andres in Wozzeck at the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna in 2010. Stoklossa remains a sought-after guest in Dresden, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Paris and Palermo, collaborating with esteemed conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and delivering solo concerts in Dresden, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague, Brussels, and Antwerp.

In addition to his operatic achievements, Stoklossa is renowned for his oratorio performances. He has performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Dennis Russel Davies in Linz, Bach’s B-Minor- Mass with Helmuth Rilling, Haydn’s Creation with Adam Fischer, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Martin Lehmann, and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in Paris, Rouen, and at the Feldkirch Festival in Austria. His rendition of Bach’s St. John Passion with Le Concert Lorrain has taken him to prestigious venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, deSingel in Antwerp, la Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In October 2016, Stoklossa had the honor of presenting Bach’s St. John Passion in Shanghai, marking the first official performance of this masterpiece in China. His recent seasons have included notable projects such as Korngold’s Tote Stadt in Holland, a tour with Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and several concerts featuring Peter Eötvös’s Oratorium Balbulum in Munich and Budapest, conducted by the composer himself.

Highlights of Stoklossa’s 2023/2024 season include three concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Dresdner Kreuzchor at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the world premiere of Richard Flury’s song cycle Rosen in Texas, and the world premiere of a new English version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe, now titled The Poet’s Love(r), featuring additional original poems by Rebecca Nelsen, performed alongside pianist Chanda VanderHart in Vienna.

As Eric Stoklossa continues to captivate audiences with his extraordinary talent and passion, he remains a driving force in the world of opera and classical music, leaving an indelible mark on the international stage.

Since 2019, Eric Stoklossa has held a professorship at Texas Tech University, where he teaches applied voice lessons and courses in Oratorio Literature, Opera Literature, and German diction for singers. Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Stoklossa regularly performs in Texas, aiming to establish and promote German Lied and Bach’s music in the region, further demonstrating his dedication to sharing his expertise and passion with the next generation of musical talents.

Donatella Moltisanti

Intensive Voice Guest Artist

Donatella Moltisanti, originally from the beautiful city of Ragusa in Italy, now calls Los Angeles home after cultivating an illustrious 30-year musical career in the United States. Her expertise lies in vocal instruction and performance, including the renowned Moltisanti’s Conscious Breathing method which has empowered countless students to unlock their full vocal potential. She studied in the eternal city of Rome and earned her M.A. in Vocal Performance from the prestigious “Francesco Cilea” Music Conservatory in Italy. From 1990 to 1997, she had the honor of serving as the Artistic Director of the esteemed Bellini International Vocal Competition in Ibla, Italy. Her performances have graced stages across Europe and the USA, both as a soloist and with ensembles. A particular highlight was her tenure with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, where she performed at the iconic Carnegie Hall from 2008 to 2018. Additionally, her voice is featured on the recording of George Crumb’s haunting composition “Voice of the Whale.” Beyond the classical realm, her passion for meditation and sound healing has led to collaborations with renowned institutions like Humboldt State University and Stanford University. Her work has garnered recognition in various publications, including KQED (PBS), Times-Standard, Brattleboro Reformer, and Natural Awakenings.

Perry Smith

Intensive Voice Guest Artist

The American tenor and music pedagogue, Dr. Perry Smith, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University and University of Kentucky. Perry grew up in northern Indiana in the small town of Culver, attending Culver Military Academy. As a teenager he was a great athlete, chosen to train for the Olympics in the Pentathlon event.

He studied with several legendary teachers: Richard Miller, Elizabeth Mannion, Ralph Applebaum and Jean Deis. He has coached with Joan Dornamann, Julius Hertford, Birgit Nilsson, and numerous opera coaches in Germany and Austria. After attending the American Institute of American Studies in Graz, Austria, he accepted a position as lead Tenor at the Porzheim  Stadttheater.

A regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition, he has sung dozens of opera roles, and important oratorio repertoire.  He returned to the US and served as a Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  His publications include the article “Blend or Balance: Two Approaches to Choral Singing” in the American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal (December, 2001) and “Teaching Tenors (and other voices) From the Beginning” (PublishAmerica 2011).

Anne Breeden

Intensive Voice & Keyboard Guest Artist

Anne Breeden, a native San Franciscan, has performed across the United States and internationally in many productions and performances. After graduating from Eastman School of Music with a Master’s degree in Chamber Music and Accompanying, she founded and ran a non-profit music organization serving the underserved in Chicago, while also on part-time faculty at DePaul University.

Now in Denver, she has served on both Metro State University and Colorado State University faculties, and performs throughout the front range while teaching a large private piano studio.

She has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Colorado Symphony.

A specialist in organizing home concert series, Anne has created many intimate evenings for music lovers of every kind for over 25 years.

She lives in Littleton, CO with her husband, daughter, cat and four chickens.

Riccardo Cambri

Intensive Voice & Keyboard Guest Artist

Hailing from Orvieto, Riccardo Cambri embarked on his musical journey at an early age in his hometown, later continuing his studies in Perugia under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Marini. At the esteemed State Conservatory “Francesco Morlacchi,” he soon made a name for himself as one of the most exceptional pianists. In October 1994, Cambri received the Diploma of Principle Pianist, earning full marks, highest honors, and an honorable mention for his outstanding performance of selected compositions.

Cambri’s pursuit of excellence then led him to the Hochschule of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Here, he honed his skills further under the tutelage of maestros Boris Bloch and Alfons Kontarsky; with Kontarsky, he specifically mastered four-handed and piano duet repertoire. Cambri also delved deeper into solo piano techniques at the Accademia Ferenc Liszt in Budapest.nists such as Antonio Ballista, Elio Maestosi, Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius, and György Sándor.

In 1998, after three years studying with renowned concert pianist and instructor Sergio Perticaroli, Cambri obtained his Diploma Alto Perfezionamento Pianistico (Master of Piano Performance) at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome.

Eager to expand his knowledge, he attended numerous master classes conducted by eminent pianists such as Antonio Ballista, Elio Maestosi, Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius, and György Sándor.

Celebrated pianist Riccardo Cambri has won numerous national and international competitions, paving the way for an illustrious career as a soloist. He has captivated audiences globally in cities such as Rome, Milan, Buenos Aires, London, Vienna, and many more. In addition to his solo performances, Cambri has collaborated with orchestras like the Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and explored chamber music and musical theater alongside esteemed musicians, opera singers, and actors. His prowess as a pianist accompanist is also highly regarded, with partnerships in prestigious Opera Singers Laboratories, Instrumental and Master Classes, and associations with universities worldwide.

Since 2001, Cambri has shared his expertise by teaching piano at the Scuola Comunale di Musica “Adriano Casasole” in Orvieto and conducting music appreciation courses in various educational institutions. In 2014, he became the President of UNITRE – Università delle Tre Età di Orvieto, a significant social-cultural organization known for its high-quality educational programs and profound impact on the city life in Orvieto. Under his leadership at UNITRE, Cambri created two triennial projects consisting of 30 conferences each—one focused on Beethoven’s symphonic works and another titled “The Fascination of Chopin,” which received patronage from the Polish Embassy in Italy. Furthermore, his artistic-culture program on Dostoevsky-Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninov garnered support from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in France.

In recognition of his incredible achievements and dedication to culture and education, Cambri was awarded a Public Distinction of Merit by Università Popolare della Tuscia in 2017. On December 27th, 2020, Italian President Sergio Mattarella honored Cambri with the Knights of the Order “Merit of the Italian Republic.” In 2021, the Orvieto City Hall appointed him as the Artistic Coordinator for the Centennial celebration of composer and conductor Luigi Mancinelli’s death.

Natalie Renee Sherer

Intensive Voice & Keyboard Guest Artist

Dynamic pianist Natalie Renee Sherer thrives in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists alike. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in January as a performing artist in SongStudio, led by acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming. A frequent recitalist, Sherer premiered “Sorrow & Ecstasy: The Complete Songs of Henri Duparc,” a semi-staged musical narrative following four characters’ journeys, and she hosts the CollabPiano Podcast, celebrating musical collaboration through art song.

Sherer recently performed with Ryan Speedo Green at Florida State University where she is Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching. Recent engagements include performances at NATS National Conference and Intern Program, SongFest, Sparks & Wiry Cries’ NYC SongSLAM Festival, and Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s Vocal Chamber Music Fellowship program.

Following BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance through studies at Manhattan School of Music, Wheaton College, and Roosevelt University, Sherer earned a DMA in Collaborative Piano, studying with renowned pianist Martin Katz, from University of Michigan.

Learn more about her on her website: collabpianist.com

Joe Walsh

Intensive Voice & Keyboard Guest Artist

Maestro Joe Walsh has three decades of experience in preparing, presenting, and conducting opera and musical theater across the U.S. and internationally.  He is a conductor admired for his ability to combine dramatic flair and theatrical excitement with sensitivity, detail and a keen sense of dramatic pacing.  Mr. Walsh is an active recitalist, accompanying both classical voice recitals and Broadway cabarets.

Maestro Walsh is a faculty member at George Mason University’s Sid and Riva Dewberry School of Music and the School of Theater, where he serves as conductor, music director, coach, and pianist.

Mr. Walsh was involved in the musical preparation of more than 65 productions at Virginia Opera, where he served for 17 years, most recently as associate artistic director and associate conductor. There, Mr. Walsh conducted productions of Susannah, Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Daughter of the Regiment, Così fan tutte, and The Pirates of Penzance, among others.

He has conducted many orchestras in performances including the Collegium Philarmonicum of Naples, Italy, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania.

Mr. Walsh was resident conductor at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy for five summers, where he led productions of The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi.  He studied advanced Italian at Siena’s L’università per Stranieri.   

For many years, Mr. Walsh served as artistic advisor for the classical voice programs offered by the Washington D.C. chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has taught voice master classes and judged many vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions (Middle Atlantic District), The National Society of Arts and Letters’ DC Chapter and the National Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition, Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition, and the Charles Williams Voice Competition at Levine Music, where he also serves on the faculty.

Mr. Walsh has served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Panel, as well as on the coaching faculties of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

He currently serves as President of Orvieto Musica’s Board of Directors and maintains a private coaching studio at his home in Ashburn, Virginia.  For further information, visit www.joseph-walsh.com.