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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Faculty

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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Patrick Diamond, Stage Director

Patrick Diamond is a collaborative artist and stage director.  His work includes both operas and plays.  Select opera productions: the centennial revival of Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose at Wolf Trap; Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer, and Companion Star at Västmanlandsmusiken; Postcard from Morocco to celebrate the eightieth birthday of composer Dominick Argento; and the US professional premiere of Moniuszko’s Halka at Sarasota Opera. 

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Gayle Shay, Stage Director

Gayle Shay, mezzo soprano, is Director of the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre and Associate Professor of Voice. She has performed and directed throughout the United States and Canada in musical theater, opera and oratorio, including productions with the Washington (D.C.) Opera, the Maryland Handel Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera Guild, OpenStage Theater (Fort Collins, CO), Colorado Lyric Theater and Nautilus New Music Theatre Company (Minneapolis), in such shows as Into the WoodsBig RiverThe MikadoThe ConsulTrouble in TahitiLucia di Lammermoor, Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Devil to Pay.

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Catherine Nardolillo, Head of Voice Area 

Catherine Nardolillo has been lauded by the NY Times for her “exquisite” singing, is a frequent concert soloist, appearing twice at Carnegie Hall, and with the Toledo Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Owensboro Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International in Rome, and the Natchez Festival of Music. 

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Jeremy Aye, Voice

Baritone Jeremy Aye, a native of Phoenix, made his professional debut with Arizona Opera, and has since 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, musical theatre and vocal pedagogy faculty of New York University.

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Scott Rednour, Coach

Collaborative pianist Scott Rednour has appeared in recital with artists such as William Warfield, Hilda Harris, and tenor Robert White; cellist Wolfgang Nüßlein and violinist Bela Horvath.  His opera credits include American Opera Projects, Skylight Opera Theater, Spokane Opera, Chautauqua Symphony and Spokane Symphony. 

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Justina Lee, Coach

Originally from San Francisco, pianist Justina Lee has served as assistant conductor, pianist, and coach for companies such as 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. In recital, Ms. Lee has accompanied acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee, also appearing with him on the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

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Timothy Cheek, Coach

Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Michigan. There he serves as music director of Opera Workshop, teaches French, German, and Italian lyric diction classes, and is a coach for opera productions. From 2000–2006 Cheek worked as a pianist/coach at the university’s spring term vocal program in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, serving the last two years as director. He is also an Associate Faculty member of the university’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, and teaches a Czech Vocal Literature course for singers and pianists.

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Lauren Roth, Concertmaster and Head of Chamber Music

Lauren Roth is concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was named Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Previous to these positions, she was concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. In May 2013, Ms. Roth earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. She was a member of the Cleveland Pops orchestra and a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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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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Dr. Jelena Nosková, Clinician

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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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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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.