Les enseignants de la FAVA (Franco-American Vocal Academy)

We are pleased to introduce our new distinguished Franco-American faculty.

Profs. Added and Lewis

Anne Grappotte, interpretation

Mrs Grappotte is a Professor of Vocal Accompaniment at the Conservatoire  National
Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she teaches  art song repertoire
to pianists and singers. She worked in master class  with Christa Ludwig, Gerard
 Souzay, Regine Crespin...

Isabelle Aboulker, interpretation

Isabelle Aboulker was born in 1938 into a family of artists  and  musicians. Her
 grandfather Henry Fevrier was a renowned composer and   student of Massenet, Faure
and Messager. Her father Marcel Aboulker was a  cinematographer  and writer. She
 studied piano, accompaniment and  composition at the  Conservatoire National Supérieur
de Musique de  Paris, while composing for  the cinema, theater and television. Early
in  her career she decided to dedicate  her time to collaboration with  singers,
 as the heiress of French Art Song  tradition.

Julia Brian, voice and interpretation

Contralto specialized in Mélodie, Lieder, Russian and Norwegian art  song, with 
operatics roles in the works of Mozart, Bizet, Gounod,  Prokofiev, Poulenc, and 
Wagner. After a career in dance and  choreography, Ms. Brian studied voice at the
Troyes School of Music and  the Bordeaux Conservatory, where she received awards
 in her studies of  the lyric repertoire. Her performance career has taken her to
Paris,  Nice, Bayreuth and beyond...

Hubert Weller, voice and interpretation

Born in Montreal, Canada, the French-German Bass studied voice at the  Conservatoire
d'Aix en Provence, then at the CNIPAL in Marseille, and  acting at the Cours Florent
in Paris. He made his debut in the French  capital in 1988 at the Comédie Française
as an actor-singer in Esther by  Racine and also in La Cagnotte, a vaudeville by

Olivier Kaspar, music director

Olivier KASPAR has composed over forty works, exploring a wide variety  of musical
genres. During his stay at the Villa Velasquez (1995-1999) he  composed his first
opera, "L'Annonce faite à Marie", based on Claudel's  play.The Ensemble Musicatreize
recorded his Mass for 12 Voices and  Percussion for Radio-France.In 2001, the Academie
des Beaux-Arts awarded  him the Lili and Nadia Boulanger Composition Prize...

Constance Rock, voice and interpretation

Hailed for her effortless high notes and riveting voice, soprano  Constance Rock
 enjoys a diversified career as a performer, teacher, and  master class clinician.
She has been a featured performer with  Connecticut Opera, Cleveland Orchestra's
 Blossom Music Festival,  Beethoven International Symposium, New York Choral Arts
Society,  Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and Hartford Symphony, along with many other
 appearances throughout the U. S. Noted appearances on the operatic  stage have 
included Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Violetta in Verdi's La  Traviata...

Frédérique Added, voice and interpretation

The Parisian soprano Frédérique Added is  recognized as one of the   world's foremost
interpreters of French  Mélodies. She has graced concert stages   in Paris, Dijon,
Perigueux,  Limoges, Nancy, Strasbourg, Salzburg, Minsk, Lodz,   Warsaw and  throughout
the USA...

William Lewis, direction

A heralded leading tenor  of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City  from 1957 
to 1992. Renowned  internationally at Teatro alla Scala,  Milano; Royal Opera Covent
Garden, London;  Vienna Staatsoper; Hamburg  Staatsoper; Opera de Paris; San Francisco
Opera; and  the festivals at:  Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto Italy, Spoleto USA...


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