"I am very proud of this exceptional team of masters that we are extremely fortunate to have assembled. Each expert vocal technician will spend one week with us, sharing their years of technical mastery, experiences, and successes. I have worked intimately with three out of four of these masters, and can vouch for their incredible knowledge, talents, commitment, and work ethic. If you really want to learn how to sing in the true Italian Tradition; deeply resonant, anchored, and full, this is the place to be. You will work hard, open yourselves up, dig deep, and come out of the program with invaluable technical knowledge that will surpass your colleagues, and put you on the path to true vocal freedom. I truly believe that you will not find another program with four masters of this incredible caliber, all in their own week of intense work.”

Eric Margiore, Founder


Dale Fundling
(Week 1)

Madrid, Spain

Dale Fundling’s students, who include world-famous tenor Piotr Beczala and megastar mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, perform on the all the world’s leading opera stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, London’s Covent Garden, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and the San Francisco Opera, as well as at the most prestigious festivals, such as Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Bayreuth. They have worked with famous conductors, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Bertrand de Billy, and Valery Gergiev. Fundling’s students have also won top prizes in the competitions in Marmande, Toulouse, Geneva, the Mario Lanza Competition, Vienna’s famous Belvedere, the Elizabeth Connell, Munich’s ARD, and many other contests.

Fundling’s performances, in which he has accompanied many great artists from all over the world, have been broadcast on radio and television in Korea, Japan, the United States, Austria, and Germany. He has also given master classes in Europe, Asia and the United States.

After teaching more than twenty years at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, today Fundling mainly teaches at his studio in Madrid, Sprain, as well as giving master lessons at numerous opera houses around the world.


Michael Paul
(Week 2)

New York, USA

Michael Paul is a New York-based private voice teacher and specialist who is on the voice faculty of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This season some of his star pupils, Jennifer Rowley, Brian Jadge, and Michael Chioldi, to name a few, sing principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Teatro Colon, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsch Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Teatro San Carlo, and The Mariinsky Theater. His students have been prize winners in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, Richard Tucker Awards, Operalia, International Tchaikovsky Competition, George London Awards, William Mattheus Sullivan Grants, and many others. His emerging professional students are regularly accepted into the American and International young artist training programs such as the Merola program and Adler fellowship at San Francisco Opera, La Scala’s young artist program, Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice artist program, The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program at the Washington National Opera, The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and others.

Michael began his studies at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music in music education. Upon graduation from the Westminster Choir College in vocal performance, he received a fellowship in vocal chamber music at the Aspen Music Festival. He was a well recognized Oratorio and Chamber Music singer in the greater Metropolitan area. He furthered his vocal education with a clinical internship at the Vox Humana laboratory at the Head and Neck Surgical Group affiliated with Roosevelt Hospital in New York with Dr. Anat Keidar CCC-SLP and Dr. Anthony Jahn. Michael has served on the faculty of Washington National Opera’s Domingo–Cafritz Young Artist Program and a frequent masterclass artist for organizations as far ranging as the Moscow Choral Academy, Elena Obraztsova Foundation, and Minnesota Opera. In 2006 Michael founded, Masterclass Ischia, which is a technical vocal training program for professional and entry-level professional opera singers, as well, he is an advisor and a referral teacher for several prominent artist agencies, theaters, and medical professionals.


(WEEK 3)

Carrara, Italy

Originally from Carrara, in the Tuscany region, Italian native, Bruno Nicoli, is a Master Vocal Coach, and the Director of Stage Music at one of the most important opera houses in the world, Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) in Milan, Italy, where he has been working since 1997, as well, he is also a Master Teacher at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, the young artists program at the famed theater. Mr. Nicoli has worked as repetiteur, pianist, choirmaster, prompter, and conductor, and he has collaborated with some of greatest conductors in the opera world, including R. Muti, L. Maazel, M.W. Chung, J. Conlon, D. Barenboim, and R. Chailly to name just a few, as well, he has also worked at the San Francisco Opera, and conducted many times, Puccini's operas, at the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago. Bruno Nicoli is a master in all of the core Italian opera repertory; Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and especially, Puccini, and as a pianist, Bruno has played recitals throughout Italy, Great Britain, and France for some of the opera worlds greatest stars, including, Ghena Dimitrova, Raina Kabaivanska, Maria Dragoni, Tiziana Fabbricini, Luciana Serra, Salvatore Licitra, Giuseppe Filianoti, and Vincenzo La Scola.


Dmitry Vdovin
(WEEK 4)

Moscow, Russia

Dmitry Vdovin is currently the artistic director and teacher of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Young Artists Opera Program, a post he has retained for the past 10 years. Among his pupils are winners of the most prestigious competitions, and leading soloists at the world’s greatest opera houses, such as the Bolshoi, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris National Opéra, Madrid’s Teatro Real and others. He was artistic director and teacher at the Moscow International School of Vocal Art which made it possible for leading opera teachers and specialists from Russia, USA, Italy, Germany and Great Britain to come to Moscow to work with young singers. In the first ten years of the present century, the most talented young Russian opera stars were alumni of this school. He also in the past worked with great Russian opera singer Irina Arkhipova in the capacity of teacher and head of her Summer School, organizing her television and concert projects.

Dmitry graduated from the State Institute of the Performing Arts (GITIS) today RATI (The Russian Academy of the Performing Arts) in Moscow, where he then did postgraduate studies in theatre criticism under Professor Inna Solovyova. He subsequently underwent a period of retraining and graduated from the V.S Popov Academy of Choral Art and was a staff member, responsible for music theatre, at the USSR Union of Theatre Workers. Dmitry attended a special course as teacher of singing at the European Centre for Opera and Vocal Art (ECOV) in Brussels, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen — head of the vocal department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mr. Vdovin was then appointed artistic director of the Moscow Centre for Music and Theatre, an artistic agency that coordinated interaction between Russian and international opera companies, festivals and concert organizations.

Mr. Vdovin has been head of the vocal department and senior lecturer at the Gnesin Academy of Music, and at the  V.S. Popov Academy of Choral Art. He has given master classes in many cities of Russia, as well as in the States, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Latvia, France, Poland. He was resident guest teacher at the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Program (HGO Studio). He has been jury member of many prestigious singing competitions, including: the International M. Glinka Competition, The lst All-Russian Music Competition, the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition for Opera Singers (Italy), International Competitions in Paris and Bordeaux, the Competizione dell’Opera, the Montreal International Music Competition, the Russian Television Culture Channel Bolshaya Opera Competition.


Eric Margiore
(WEEK 1 - WEEK 4)

New York, USA

Vocal Arts Institute Founder and General Director, World-Class Tenor, Eric Margiore, prides himself on a deep knowledge and understanding of the full throated vocal technique and style of the Golden Age Italian School, as well as an intense comprehension and appreciation of the great singers of that same era.  Having successfully transitioned from baritone to tenor in his early career, intensively working with many of the prominent voice teachers, maestros, and clinical vocalogists, in New York as well as internationally, hundreds of hours, and having then applied the methodology and research into hundreds of hours of real time experience on the some of the world’s great opera stages, Eric has developed a balanced method and approach to vocal technique that is clear, focused, and systematic. He has been privately sought after by all voice parts and is intimately versed in opera’s technical demands and nuances; that he can intellectually explain in theory, while clearly demonstrate in vocal example.

Eric has performed worldwide in an array of the Romantic Leading Tenor repertoire with a specialty in Verdi and Puccini, as his most reprised roles being, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Verdi’s, Requiem. He has performed those roles under the baton of such inimitable maestros as, Donald Runnicles, Carlo Rizzi, Steven Mercurio, and Stephen Lord to name just a few, and at many of the prestigious international opera houses including, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, New York City Opera, Opera Hong Kong, St. Margarethen Opera Festival, Opera Holland Park, Michigan Opera Theatre and many more, as well as with some of the top symphony orchestras in the United States, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.

Eric has been recognized by, and a winner of, prestigious awards, including from the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera International Studio's, as well as a Metropolitan Opera National Semi-Finalist. Mr. Margiore is an Italian American and New York native, of Sicilian and Neapolitan roots that imbue and energize his entire operatic being. He and holds music degrees from New York University and the Mannes College of Music, while also receiving his formal young artist training at Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.