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 2018 Program:
June 13 - July 15, 2018

52nd International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch Preliminary Round, in Sulmona's "Maria Caniglia" Opera House:
June 23, 2018

COSI Academy:
July 5 - July 15, 2018

Opera Chorus Program:
July 1 - July 15, 2018

Opera Creation Lab for composers and singers:
July 5 - July 15th, 2018.

COSI 2018 presents:
W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro J. Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna G. Puccini - Gianni Schicchi Dean Burry - Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (World Premiere)

COSI 2018 Applications remain open for video applicants

Apply today!

GET CONNECTED with COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training!” We are proud to announce that our COSI 2018 Summer Opera Program Faculty Includes:


Annett Andriesen, General Manager: International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Mezzo-soprano (La Scala Milan, Dutch National Opera)

Stuart D. Barker, Director 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, Tenor and COSI Artistic Director. Voice Faculty, University of Toronto.

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

Julie McIsaac, Stage Director, Playwright, Actor. Artist-In-Residence: Pacific Opera Victoria

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.


* Please note that faculty may be subject to change


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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