TRAINING FACULTY 2022/24

Dr Ralph Strehle
Director of Performance
Dr Ralph Strehle is the Director of the Mascarade Opera Studio and Head of Education for the Mascarade Opera Foundation. Ralph is a leading expert on peak-performance psychology and was formerly the Associate Head of Vocal Performance at the Royal Co...
Julia Lynch
Head of Music
Born in Dublin and raised in Aberdeen, Julia began piano lessons at the age of 4, studying with Denis Matthews and David Parkhouse at the North East Scotland Music School. In 1982, Julia won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Scottish Academy ...
Jonathan Papp
Head of Music
Jonathan Papp is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. He is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist around the world, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Su...
Siegfried Gohritz
Vocal Consultant
Marie Lambert-Le Bihan
Stage Director
Marie Lambert-Le Bihan is a freelance opera director and lighting designer. Recently she directed Eden for Joyce DiDonato. Other credits : direction and lighting for Le Villi (Halle aux grains-Toulouse), La Fille du Régiment (Opéra Royal de Wallon...
James Platt
Vocal Consultant
British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of the Jette Parker Artist Programme at the Royal Opera, Covent Gard...
Carmen Santoro
Vocal and Répétiteur Coach
Carmen Santoro is one of the foremost vocal coaches of her generation working regularly as répétiteur in Europe’s leading opera houses such as Opernhaus in Zurich, Theater Bolshoi in Moscow, Theatre an der Wien, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in V...
Jonathan Santagada
Conductor and Répétiteur Coach
Italian conductor and pianist Jonathan Santagada has worked with many of the most prestigious Italian and international musical institutions. This season he has conducted the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for a new recording of Tosca and has supe...
Sándor Károlyi
Conductor and Répétiteur Coach
Laureate of the 2018 International Nino Rota Conducting Competition and semi-finalist in the 2017 Fitelberg Competition, Sándor Károlyi is rapidly building a reputation as a conductor of both orchestral and operatic repertoire. Recent highlights i...
Jacopo Spirei
Stage Director
Florence Daguerre de Hureaux
French Coach
BA (Nice Sophia Antipolis), LRAM Hons. Hon ARAM, FRAM Born in Paris, Florence graduated from Nice University and subsequently trained as a singer at the RAM in London and at the CMBV in Paris. Florence has been working as a French coach in ...
Jonathon Cole-Swinard
Head of Music Garsington Opera
Jonathon Cole-Swinard is Head of Music and Chorus Director at Garsington Opera. He studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began his career as Emerging Artist Repetiteur at Scottish Opera. He then joined the music...
Noa Naamat
Stage Director
A native Israeli, Opera Director Noa Naamat has worked across the UK, Europe, America and Asia on a vast range of productions, from mainstream repertoire to world premieres. Her directing credits include Henze’s Phaedra (Royal Opera House), Benvenu...
Stefano Baldasseroni
Italian diction coach
Born in Rome, Stefano Baldasseroni began studying drums at age 4, and by his late 20s had recorded and toured the world as a drummer with many renowned pop music artists. He moved to New York in 2010 and worked as a session drummer while also serv...
Dearbhla Collins
Vocal coach
Since 2021, Irish pianist DearbhlaCollins, has been Head of Artistic Administration at the National Opera Studio in London having previously held the position of Assistant Head of Music there. She is highly regarded internationally as a song piani...

In addition to our core training faculty, we welcome a number of guest lecturers and industry professionals on an annual basis.

MANAGEMENT AND FOUNDATION DEVELOPMENT

Max Fane
General Director and President of the Mascarade Opera Foundation
Frankie Parham
Chief Operating Officer
Dr Ralph Strehle
Director of Mascarade Emerging Artists
Giulia Ragionieri
Artistic Planning Manager
Candice Wood
Strategic Consultant and special projects
Ginevra Poli
Events Coordinator
Anush Hovhannisyan
Artistic Consultant and Board Member
Roger Granville
Co-Founder and Board Member
H.E. Principe Francesco Ruspoli
Vice-President of the Mascarade Opera Foundation