Prague Summer Nights Faculty and Clinicians

During the festival, participants will work with an internationally distinguished faculty of teachers, coaches, orchestral players, chamber musicians, conductors and stage directors. The faculty have taught and sung at leading educational Institutions, and have conducted, sung with or worked for the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras, including:

Czech National Opera | Metropolitan Opera | Vienna Staatsoper | Royal Opera, Covent Garden | La Scala, Milan | Deutsche Opera, Berlin | Paris Opera | Salzburg Festival | San Francisco Opera | Lyric Opera, Chicago | New York City Opera | English National Opera | Cologne Opera | Dublin Grand Opera | Scottish National Opera | Czech National Symphony | Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Prague Symphony | Chicago Symphony | New York Philharmonic | Philadelphia Orchestra | San Francisco Symphony | Seattle Symphony | Dallas Symphony | Detroit Symphony | Atlanta Symphony | Utah Symphony | Boston Pops | Halle Orchestra, Manchester | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic | London Classical Players | Orchestra de la Swiss Romande | Budapest Festival Orchestra
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John Nardolillo, Artistic Director and Conductor

John Nardolillo has appeared with more than thirty of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and National Symphony orchestras as well as the Boston Pops. John Nardolillo is the Director of Orchestras at the University of Kentucky.

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Rosalind Plowright, OBE. Clinician 

Rosalind Plowright’s illustrious career has spanned nearly 40 years. She is acclaimed as one of the world’s great spinto sopranos specializing in roles such as Medée, Alceste and Norma, as well as the great Verdi and Puccini heroines, and has sung at nearly all the international opera houses such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Grand Theatre de Genève, and at the Arena di Verona. Rosalind Plowright was awarded the OBE in 2007 for her services to music.

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Sherrill Milnes, Stage Director

Sherrill Milnes has appeared more than 650 times at the Metropolitan Opera, and has performed at the Vienna Statsoper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Deutsche Oper, the Paris Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Hamburg Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami, and Denver, among many others.

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Maria Zouves, Stage Director

Maria Zouves has performed with opera companies and orchestras around the world. She has directed dozens of opera productions, and served as the director of opera at Northwestern University, the associate general director at Opera Tampa, and is the founder and executive director of V.O.I.C.Experience.

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Walter Seyfarth, Soloist and Clinician

Walter Seyfarth joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 1985, and has since worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Herbert von Karajan, Leonhard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado and Simon Rattle. Walter Seyfarth is a founding member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.

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Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, Voice

Catherine Clarke Nardolillo has performed throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. She is on the voice faculty at Centre College.

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Jeremy Aye, Voice

Jeremy Aye has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Omaha, Austin Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Kansas City Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall. He currently sings in the Metropolitan Opera chorus, and serves on the voice faculty of New York University.

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Scott Rednour, Coach

Scott Rednour serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has coached and performed with leading artists in recital in New York, and has previously taught at Chautauqua and the Juilliard School. 

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Timothy Cheek, Coach

Timothy Cheek, Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Michigan, is an American pianist and vocal coach whose specialty is Czech repertoire. Since studying as an opera coach apprentice at the National Theatre in Prague, under conductor Bohumil Gregor, he has coached hundreds of singers in Czech vocal music in masterclasses, festivals, and opera productions in the USA, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Slovakia, and South Africa.

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Justina Lee, Coach

Justina Lee has coached for the the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Castleton Festival. She is the principal coach of the Maryland Opera Studio and serves on the faculty at the University of Maryland.

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Lauren Roth is the concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony and a professor at the University of Arizona. She has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in violin performance and Italian studies.

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Dr. Jelena Nosková, Vocal Coach

Jelena Noskova is the principal coach at the Czech National Theater, and has performed the harpsichord part in Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre more than 300 times. She is a professor at the Prague Conservatory, and has coached at the Bolshoi Theater in Russia.

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Amit Peled, Soloist and Clinician

From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today.

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Josef Ŝpaĉek, Clinician

Josef Špaček is the concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Brno Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. Josef Špaček studied at Juillard and Curtis, and is a prizewinner at the Queen Elizabeth and Nielsen violin competitions.

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Masterclasses, chamber music coachings and private lessons:

Petr Hernych: horn professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, principal horn of the Prague Symphony.

Petr Holman: viola professor at the Prague Conservatory, and member of the Zemlinsky and Pražákovo quartets.

Miroslav Keymar: trumpet professor at the Prague Conservatory, principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic.

Pavel Kudelásek: violin professor at the Prague Conservatory, member of Apollon Quartet, former member of Dvorak Quartet and Czech Chamber Orchestra.

Ludmila Peterková: flute professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, soloist with the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Bratislava Philharmonic, Pilzen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Netherland Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, tours with the Tokyo and Talich Quartets.

Miroslav Petras: cello professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, principal cellist and frequent soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, member of the Czech Trio and Martinu Piano Quartet.

František Pospíšil: violin and conducting professor at the Prague Conservatory, conductor of the Prague Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Czech Radio Orchestra, former concertmaster of the Japan Symphony in Tokyo.

Václav Riedlbauch: composition and chamber music professor at the Prague Conservatory, composer, former Minister of Culture for the Czech Republic, General Manager of the Czech Philharmonic and Director of the National Theatre.