Mary Dibbern, guest lecture on French opera

Free webinar, open to the public.

MSU Opera Theatre Guest Lecture, sponsored by the Worthington Family Foundation

Photo: Mary Dibbern, seated at piano. She is a internationally recognized coach, collaborative pianist, editor and author.
Mary Dibbern, internationally recognized coach, collaborative pianist, editor and author.

MSU Opera Theatre is proud to present Mary Dibbern, internationally recognized coach, collaborative pianist, editor and author. She will be speaking on the topics of French opera, focusing on Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.

Ms. Dibbern will be in residence for the week of September 14-18, 2020. She will be coaching multiple vocal students, both for preparation of MSU Opera Theatre’s scenes program, Love in the Time of Coronavirus, and individually for recital and audition preparation. Her residency is generously sponsored by a grant from the Worthington Family Foundation.

We encourage students, faculty, musicians and friends of the arts to tune in to this webinar available through ZoomFriday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. 

About Mary Dibbern

Mary Dibbern is currently Music Director of Education for The Dallas Opera. She holds a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Southern Methodist University (Dallas), where she studied with Maestro Paul Vellucci, who then arranged for her to move to Paris, France, to work with the great teacher Nadia Boulanger. Dibbern subsequently lived in Paris for thirty-one years where her successful and varied European career included work as an invited vocal coach for the Opéra National de Paris, as well as all of the major French companies and other major operatic venues in Europe, Asia and North America. In the domain of the recital, she studied European concert repertoire extensively with Gérard Souzay, Pierre Bernac and Dalton Baldwin, and her recital collaborations resulted in prize-winning recordings with fine vocalists including Kurt Ollmann, Jared Schwartz, Danielle Borst, Brigitte Balleys and Philippe Huttenlocher for Harmonia Mundi France (Paris), Claves (Switzerland), Magelone (Paris), Toccata Classics (London) and JTBProd (Paris). Her recordings of mélodies by French composer Jacques Leguerney with baritone Kurt Ollmann was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros and her recording of songs of Franz Liszt with Jared Schwartz received the award Best Lieder Recording of 2017 from the Voix des Arts. Dibbern is in demand as a master class teacher and lecturer and prepares musical editions for Musik Fabrik (Paris), Classical Vocal Reprints (USA), and Editions Max Eschig (Paris). Her eight books on French composers Massenet, Offenbach, Leguerney and Gounod and their vocal repertoire are published by Pendragon Press (New York).

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