Faculty and Guest Artists


Above: Tenor Ben Heppner coaches at the Opera Institute.

At the core of the Professional Curriculum Model of operatic training are faculty and professional guest artists who are a critical part of the program. Guest artists have included composers, stage directors, master teachers, clinicians in business strategies, stage managers, artist managers, coaches, conductors, and general directors of opera companies. All members of the Opera Institute as well as voice majors who study in the Opera Programs are invited to experience these special guests.


  • William Lumpkin | Artistic Director of Opera Institute and Opera Programs; Associate Professor of Music, Coach and Conductor
  • Oshin Gregorian | Managing Director, Opera Institute and Opera Programs
  • Rita Cote | Lecturer in Italian
  • Matthew Larson | Lecturer
  • Jim Petosa |Professor , School of Theatre (Directing and Dramatic Criticism)
  • Betsy Polatin | Master Lecturer (Alexander Technique)
  • Emily Ranii | Lecturer
  • Melodie Jeffrey-Cassell | Movement for Singers
  • Nathan Troup | Lecturer
  • Allison Voth | Associate Professor and Principal Coach


Upcoming Guest Artists

Omer Ben Seadia

Past Guest Artists

William Bolcom
Wolfgang Brendel
Joseph Colaneri
Claude Corbeil
Phyllis Curtin
Matthew Epstein
Renee Fleming
Carlisle Floyd
David Gately
Denyce Graves
Sherri Greenawald
Jerry Hadley
Jake Heggie
Ben Heppner
David Kneuss
Stephen Lord
Marlena Malas
James Marvel
E. Loren Meeker
Esther Nelson
Mark Oswald
Stephen Paulus
Daniel Pelzig
Tobias Picker
Nicholas Russel
Jasmine Solfaghari
Fredierica von Stade
Stephen Steiner
Richard Stillwell
Deborah Voigt