Faculty & Staff


The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

COSI 2017 Program Dates:
June 18 - July 16, 2017

COSI Academy Dates:
July 6 - July 16, 2017

Opera Chorus Program Dates:
July 2 - July 16, 2017

Oratorio Chorus Program Dates:
July 17- 24th, 2017, in the San Panfilo Cathedral of Sulmona, and
Madonna della Libera Cathedral of Pratola Peligna

GET CONNECTED with COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training!” We are proud to announce that our COSI 2017 Faculty Includes:

Rachel Andrist, Coach, Canadian Opera Company.

Stuart D. Barker, Head Director and Head of Productions and Training: British Youth Opera

Dean Burry, Opera Composer. Artistic Director, Canadian Children’s Opera Company.

Leslie Dala: Resident Conductor: Vancouver Opera

Nathalie Doucet: Opera Coach: Dutch National Opera Academy.

Darryl Edwards, Voice Teacher and COSI Artistic Director. Voice Faculty, University of Toronto.

Kathryn Frady, General & Artistic Director: Marble City Opera.

Shannon Hiebert. Chorus Master. Pianist and Coach, University of Alberta.

James Marvel. Classical Singer Magazine Opera Director of the Year (2008), Director of Opera: U. Tennessee (Knoxville).

Kevin McMillan, Grammy-winning baritone. Voice Faculty, James Madison University.

Tania Puglielli, Director: “The English School” of International Languages, Sulmona.

Georgia Sciuba, Italian Instructor: “The English School” of International Languages.

Vicki St. Pierre, Mezzo-Soprano. Voice Faculty, Mount Allison University.

Anna Theodosakis, Stage Director and Choreographer: University of Toronto, MYOpera, Wilfrid Laurier University, Glenn Gould School.

Kathryn Tremills, Pianist and Coach. Collaborative Piano Faculty, University of Toronto.

Stephanie Weiss, Mezzo-Soprano: Deutsche Oper Berlin,  Voice Faculty: Arizona State University.


Jakub Martinec, Conductor of Czech national choirs and orchestras. Head of Choral Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Shannon Hiebert. Chorus Master. Pianist and Coach, University of Alberta.

Leslie Fagan, Soprano. Oratorio Society of New York. Voice Faculty, Wilfred Laurier University.

Darryl Edwards, Tenor. Voice Faculty, University of Toronto.  Artistic Director, COSI.


COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training” has always been at its heart. We continue to offer outstanding teaching and mentors for our young artists, just as we have since we began in 2007:

Andrist, Rachel
Berman, Jonathan
Brett, Kathleen
Claycomb, Laura
Dala, Les
Diamond, Tom
Dorgan, Paul
Edwards, Darryl
Finzi, Giuseppe
Haywood, Lorna
Hermiston, Nancy
Hiebert, Shannon
Im, Miah
Isaac, Carol
Isepp, Martin
Larlee, Anne
Mallon, Kevin
Marvel, James
Marrs, Stephanie
Mauro, Louisa
McIntosh, Brian
McMahon, Michael
Nash, Maika’i
Nelson, Timothy
Nieuwenhuis, Hans
Noble, Timothy
Perruzza, Fred
Philcox, Steven
Pleasants-Faulkner, Isolde
Pratschke, Sinéad
Raftery, J. Patrick
Swan, Jennifer
Tarver, Jennifer
Tremills, Kathryn
Tyrrell, Kinza
Upchurch, Liz
Vernon O.C., Timothy
Wood, Karen
Yan, Judith


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