Trudy Miller
Co-Founder & Managing Director 

Trudy Weaver Miller was program director of the Schubertiade Festival at the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in New York for its ten-year run in the 1980s-1990s. During that time she worked closely with its protagonist, the late German baritone Hermann Prey, and produced concerts featuring Mr. Prey, along with pianists James Levine and András Schiff, and the Tokyo String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, and the New York Chamber Symphony, among many others...
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Daniel Sommer
Co-Founder & Content Creator
English (native), German (fluent), Translation, IPA, Tutoring

Daniel Sommer serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches German diction courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His experience in opera and his passion for choral music haven given him the opportunity to work as a German and Latin diction coach with organizations such as the Bard Summer Music Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, Clarion Music Society, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Oratorio Society of New York, Pro Arte Chorale, and Westchester Choral...

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Content Creators & Tutors


Anton Belov
Dr. Anton Belov is an active performer, teacher and scholar. His Libretti of Russian Operas (Leyerle Publications, 2004) has become a standard text utilized by opera companies and teaching institutions around the world. He earned praise from critics and audiences alike for his portrayals o...
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Kelvin Chan
Kelvin Chan, hailing from Chino Hills, CA, is an avid performer of the operatic, concert, and recital repertoire.    Recent operatic engagements include the Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly and with Houston Grand Opera, w...
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Katherine Dain
English (Native), Speaker Soprano Katharine Dain has been praised by the New York Times for her "rich tone," "deep emotion," and "lovely, passionate" performances. Her opera credits include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Madame Her...
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Elizabeth Fagan
Italian, German (native), English (native), Translator, IPA, Speaker, Tutor Soprano Elizabeth Fagan sang with Opera Singers Initiative as a young artist in 2013 and performed with them at Lincoln Center Young Patrons Opera 201 program, the Arader Gallery Fall Fête event and a concert of Frenc...
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Katharina Hagopian
German (native), Speaker German soprano Katharina Hagopian has been praised by national and international press for her “hauntingly beautiful colors”, “ethereal top voice” and “differentiated and deep portrayals” of major operatic roles. She has performed as solo...
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Bénédicte Jourdois
French (native), Translator, IPA, Speaker A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, Bénédicte Jourdois is currently on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Manhattan School of Music, and is the principal pian...
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Nils Neubert
German (native), Speaker Tenor Nils Neubert, born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital, both in the U.S. and abroad. Recent and upcoming appearances with Trinity Wall Street, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Berkshire Choral Festival, Musica Sacra...
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Barbara Paterson
English (native), German, Translator, IPA, Speaker, Tutor In 2013, Barbara made operatic role debuts as Pamina, the Countess Almaviva, Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) and Elle (La voix humaine). Other recent roles include Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Despina, Fox Goldenstripe (The Cunning Little Vi...
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Sean Taylor
Latin Diction, Translation, IPA, Speaker, Tutor Sean Taylor, a native of Brookville, Pennsylvania, recently earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting with a Cognate in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a diction coac...
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Christine Reber
Native German, Speaker, Tutor Soprano Christine Reber was born in Tuebingen, Germany and studied at the University of Music in Freiburg, Germany under Prof. Dr. Bernd Goepfert and was as well a scholarship holder at Mannes College of Music in New York under Ruth Falcon. At present she works with Me...
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Raphaёl Treiner
Lyric French diction, Translator, IPA, Speaker, Tutor Raphaёl Treiner was born and raised in Paris, France. After graduating with degrees in cello and music theory, Treiner returned to school obtaining a masters degree in musicology and composition in 2006. Following his graduation Treine...
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