- Coach / Piano Accompanist
French-Italian pianist Laetitia Ruccolo is the cofounder of the company Bare Opera and the original musical director of LoftOpera in Brooklyn. She has been invited by the prestigious National Opera Studio in London, to be part of the 2015/2016 season, as a répétiteur and a pianist.
Ms. Ruccolo was invited to play several times for events hosted by star violinist Joshua Bell. She recently performed in concerts hosted by soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and played for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
As a pianist and vocal coach, she has worked on productions with the Royal Opera House; Welsh National Opera, Loft Opera, Bare Opera; the Center for Contemporary Opera; Opera North, Leeds UK ; Weimar Opera Studio, Germany ; the Mozarteum Opera Studio, Salzburg Austria; Dicapo Opera; and Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy.
Also passionate about art songs, she participated to SongFest in California, and to the Schubert Institute in Austria, where she worked with pianists such as Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Roger Vignoles, Martin Katz and Graham Johnson, as well as singers Christa Ludwig, Robert Holl and Elly Hameling.
Collaborating with new composers has always been an important part of her career. Her impressive list of new composer collaborations consists of John Musto, Jake Heggie, Mohammed Fairouz, Christian Lauba, and Libby Larsen, to name a few. Ms. Ruccolo played the world premier of Libby Larsen’s song cycle “Late in the day.”
She has performed widely as a solo artist, as well as collaborated with chamber ensembles, singers and with orchestra in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Israel. In New York, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York and at the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
She graduated from the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, University Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Mannes College of Music in New York.