Matthew Surapine United States×
Matthew Surapine, Tenor, has won acclaim across North America for the beauty and incisiveness of his singing and for his spirited stage portrayals. His performances of Hortensius in La Fille du Régiment led the Toronto Globe and Mail to laud his “brilliant timing, breezily free movement, and the spirit of Franklin Pangborn,” and the Charleston Post and Courier to proclaim that the accomplished young tenor “stole every scene he was in.”
He has been welcomed in Opera Companies across the United States, as well as 10 years on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera company as a principal singer, as well as his tenure at the New York City Opera CO., first as a chorister and then joining the roster as a principal singer.
Mr. Surapine’s favorite roles include Goro in Madama Butterfly, his most frequently requested role. Other highlights in his career include his debut with the Chautauqua Institute in Verdi’s Othello, in which he performed Cassio. Also in this versatile performers career include Curley in “of Mice and Men”, Gastone in La traviata, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail Monostatos in “the Magic Flute” as well as Tamino in the same piece. King Kaspar in “amahl and the night visitors has always been a holiday favorite, as well as Baron Puck in Offenbach’s “La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. Mr. Surapine was proud to co-star with James Earl Jones in the Lincoln Center debut of “Lincoln at Ease”, written by Peter Schickele, AKA PDQ Bach.
Mr Surapine’s Musical Theater roles include Cocky in “the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd”, Motel in “Fiddler on the Roof”, as well as performing alongside Rebecca Luker in “Brigadoon”, Lisa Vroman and Paul Sorvino in the Most Happy Fella where he performed the role of Giuseppe the Chef, appeared with Sally Ann Howes and Jean Stapleton in Cinderella. Mr. Surapine has collaborated with Jazz/Cabaret Icon David Lahm as well as composer and beatnik jazz elf, Bob Dorough. His teachers include(d) Kalmen Opperman, Carolyn Marcell, Dan Marek, as well as coaches Colin Romoff, James Gregory, Jane Steel and Nico Castel.
Desiree Maira United States
- University of the Arts, Rider University, Rowan University
With paternal roots from Avellino and Agrigento, “rich voiced” mezzo-soprano Desiree Maira is thrilled to join the Narnia Festival faculty after enjoying an active singing and teaching career along the east coast of the United States since 2009. Recent performance highlights include covering Francesca in The Bridges of Madison Countyin Media, Pennsylvania and being a featured soloist in the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert with the DuPont Clifford Jazz Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.
Musical theater performance credits include The Music Man, Godspell, Into the Woods, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Cinderella, Annie, Beauty and the Beastand more. Once an avid performer of opera (and oratoria), Desiree’s favorite roles to sing were the title roles in Carmen, L’Italiana in Algeri andSerse, Madame in Cendrillon, Second and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff.
Desireeformerly served as musical theatre faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and currently teaches at University of the Arts, Rider University and Rowan University (while teaching privately in Philadelphia, where she currently lives). She holds a master’s degree in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Stetson University, as well as a teaching certification from New York Vocal Coaching.
Desiree has students (both current and former) performing in shows on Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, regional theaters and films.
More information on https://desireemaira.com
Taylor Stilson United States
- The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Brown University
Baritone Taylor Stilson has crafted a unique career as vocal pedagogue, singer, yogic practitioner, and holistic body-mind modality enthusiast. Stilson is on voice faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Brown University. Stilson has presented lectures in vocal pedagogy, laryngeal palpation, and myofascial release at Brown University, University of Miami Frost School of Music, NATS Boston Chapter, UARTS, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, Willamette University, Portland State University, Rider University, and Interlochen Arts Academy. His past and current students have placed finals in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Classical Singer Convention, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and have been seen in regional theaters in Miss Saigon, Hair, and Newsies as well as regional and international tours. His yogic and body modality exploration has deeply influenced his voice teaching. In addition, he has found hypnosis, rapid eye movements, and limbic-disassociative cognitive exercises to be highly beneficial for students suffering from performance anxiety and anxiety-induced muscle tension dysphonia (MTD). He has completed certifications in laryngeal massage and myofascial release. He will be completing a certification in massage therapy in the summer of 2020.
Stilson recently completed his first year of D.M.A. studies in vocal pedagogy and performance at University of Miami. He received an M.M. in vocal pedagogy with collaborative piano studies and a B.M. in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory. He taught in the Conservatory’s Vocal/Choral Intensive from 2007–2011 and the Conservatory’s MEIP voice program in 2012. Stilson has completed additional studies in voice, opera, and piano at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York Opera Studio, Spring Arbor University, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has studied voice with Kevin Wilson, Jayne Sleder, Bill Cotten, and William Christensen, and has coached with Karl Paulnack, Andrew Altenbach, Michael Strauss, Allison Voth, and Nico Castel.
In addition to teaching at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Stilson currently teaches at Brown University. He maintains very active voice studios in Boston, New York City, Providence, and Miami.
More information on http://www.taylorstilsonvoice.com
Rosanna Filipponi Italy
- Coordinator Narnia Dance Program
- Formazione Danza Terni Plus
1968 inizia lo studio della danza classica presso la scuola centro danza classica con la professoressa Bianca Rossi a Terni.
1983 corso di perfezionamento a Firenze con la direttrice dell’Accademia Princesse Grace di Montecarlo Marika Besobrasova.
1984-1985 corso di aggiornamento “Danza di Carattere Russe e Ucraine” con il maestro Sasha Prikov.
1983-1990 studi di classico e jazz a Roma presso la Scuola di Renato Greco e stages con i Professori Luigi e Matt Mattox.
1994 diploma di coordinatore di corsi di formazione come animatore U.S.ACLI.. 2004 corso di aggiornamento con insegnanti di classico Cristina Bozzolini, contemporaneo Fabrizio Monteverde, jazz Ekoue.
Dal 1995 collabora con altri colleghi per realizzare rassegne e spettacoli, maratone di danza, premi coreografici.
Dal 1996 al 2000 organizza Galà della danza a scopo benefico.
2007 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti alla Scuola di Ballo alla Scala di Milano.
2008 corso di specializzazione sulla tecnica Vaganova per insegnanti presso l’Accademia Vaganova di San Pietroburgo.
2009 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti presso la White Lodge (11-15 anni) della Royal Ballet School di Londra.
2010 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti presso il Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
2011 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti all’ Hamburg Ballet Schule di John Neumeyer.
2013 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti presso la Royal Ballet School di Londra Covent Garden Upper School 16/18 anni.
2015 corso di aggiornamento per insegnanti presso Operà de Paris. 2016 corso aggiornamento insegnanti National Ballet Academy e Het National Ballet Amsterdam. 2017 corso aggiornamento insegnanti Wiener Balletshule Staastoper.
2018 corso aggiornamento insegnanti Ecole Superieure de Danse Rosella Hightower Cannes.
Questi i nomi delle accademie che hanno accolto gli allievi della Sig.ra Filipponi e del suo staff nel corso di questi 35 anni: Scuola di Ballo del Teatro La Scala di Milano, Scuola del Teatro San Carlo Napoli, London Contemporary School, Balletto di Toscana Firenze, John Cranko, Schule Stoccarda, Weyner Ballet Schule Academie, Academie de Danse Princesse Grace Montecarlo, Bayerisches Staat Ballet Monaco, American Repertory Ballet Princeton, Joffrey Ballet School New York, Victor Ullate Artes Escenic Madrid, Laban Dance Center London, Staatliche Balletschule Berlin, Hochschule Fur Tanz Dresda, ArtEZ university di Mannheim.
Premi vinti dagli allievi nei 35 anni di carriera della Formazione Danza Terni: Vincitori medaglia d’oro dance World Cup varie edizioni, Concorso Internazionale di Danza Spoleto varie edizioni, Rieti Danza Festival varie edizioni, Borsisti “Renato Fiumicelli” Gubbio, Concorso Internazionale del Balletto di Toscana varie edizioni, Concorso “Danza Si” varie edizioni, Concorso Agon Teatro Nuovo Torino, Concorso A.N.L.I.D. Modena varie edizioni, Concorso Opus Ballet Firenze, Youth American Grand Prix (top 12) Paris, Concorso Artedanza Longiano, Concorso Livorno in Danza, Rieti Danza Festival, Rieti Danza Estate, Lecce Danza in Scena, Dance Across Umbria Città di Castello, Norcia in Danza Norcia, Concorso Internazionale Gran Prix Spoleto.
Yuri Napoli Italy
- Assistant Director International Vocal Arts Program
- Imprenditori di Sogni
A winner of the 2016 “Bewons Best Talent” as Best Actor, Yuri Napoli is an actor, writer and director.
Born in Naples, he started his training in Italy and continued it in London and New York.
In 2009 he funded “Imprenditori di Sogni”, a company with the goal of promoting culture and the arts.
He worked for directors such as Silvio Muccino, Giuseppe Nuzzo, Sergio Basile and with actors like Francesco Montanari, Nicoletta Romanoff, Carla Signoris. He wrote and directed plays about Classic Music, Science and History.
He directs two acting schools in Rome and many high school acting projects.
He’s the artistic director of Gruppo Storico Romano.
His activities continue in the fields of Cinema and Live Theatre.
More information on https://www.imprenditoridisogni.com