Peter Berne

Peter Berne studierte am Salzburger Mozarteum Klavier und Dirigieren und war viele Jahre als Dirigent an verschiedenen europäischen Opernhäusern tätig. Er war auch viele Jahre hindurch Gastlehrer am Institut für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Salzburg und war von 1991 bis 1993 Studienleiter der Wiener Staatsoper, wo er vor allem das Wagner-Strauss-Repertoire betreute.

Er hat Gastprofessuren an dem Königliches Konservatorium, Kopenhagen, der Sibelius-Akademie, Helsinki, der Universität der Künste, Berlin und der Musikhochschule Hannover bekleidet und zahlreiche Meisterklassen in ganz Europa über italienische Oper gehalten. 

Neben einem grundlegenden Buch über Belcanto (Belcanto – Historische Aufführungspraxis der italienischen Oper von Rossini bis Verdi) hat der drei Bücher über den geistigen Gehalt der Werke Wagners veröffentlicht: Apokalypse – Weltuntergang und Welterneuerung in Wagners „Ring des Nibelungen“, Parsifal oder die höhere Bestimmung des Menschen und Wagner zwischen Todessehnsucht und Lebensfülle – Tristan und Meistersinger.

Seit 2009 unterrichtet Peter Berne „Belcanto“ an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy“ in Leipzig und seit 2014 leitet er einen Lehrgang im gleichen Fach an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns-Eisler“ in Berlin. 

Kenneth Bozeman

Kenneth Bozeman, BM, MM, Professor Emeritus of Music, taught at Lawrence University for 42 years where he chaired the voice department and from which he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Munich. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994, is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Singing and was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2019. His writings on acoustic voice pedagogy include the books, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, and Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy 2: Motivating Acoustic Efficiency, now in a second edition. Bozeman’s students have sung with Houston Grand, Boston Lyric, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Opera, San Francisco, New York City, the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric, and Santa Fe Opera.

Anne Marie Speed


During this time she has worked within film, theatre, musical theatre and television.

She has been Professor of Spoken Word on the Musical Theatre course at the Academy since the course started in 1994 when she was invited by Mary Hammond, the course founder, to develop and lead the actor voice training component.

From Here to Eternity which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory revival production of Candide, Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, provided voice and dialect work for An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London, the new production of Obsession directed by Ivo van Hove at the Barbican, the new London production of Heathers at The Other Palace in London, vocal coach on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End, vocal and accent coach on the touring production of Hair, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, vocal coach on The Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum directed by Lonnie Price. She was vocal coach on Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in 2019 and Ivan and the Dogs at the Young Vic.

Her television work includes the critically acclaimed ITV drama Cilla, Dr Zhivago and Doc Martin.

Her film work include Beauty and the Beast for Disney, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Cinderella, written and directed by Kay Cannon who wrote and directed the Pitch Perfect movies, Blithe Spirit, the new Disney live action movie Pinocchio and Pistol, and the new TV drama about the Sex Pistols directed by Danny Boyle

Christian Glanz

Christian Glanz, born 1960, studied musicology and history Karl Franzens Universität Graz; PhD 1988, Habilitation 2007; currently professor for historical musicology at mdw; main academic interests: music and politics, Gustav Mahler, Hanns Eisler. 

Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame,” Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of over 80 roles sung in all the major theaters of the world, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, which include multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence. In 2010, he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he has served as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Furthermore, he has received the famed Concertgebouw Prize.

Markus Gugatschka

Prof. Dr. med. univ. et scient. med. Markus Gugatschka is head of the ENT University Hospital Graz and director of the Division of Phoniatrics, Medical University of Graz. He completed a post gradual training at the University of Kyoto in laryngeal tissue engineering and a 12-months stay at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm exploring the basic characteristics of human un-/scarred vocal folds. His publication list comprises so far 81 publications in peer-reviewed SCI ranked journals with a strong focus on Vocal fold molecular biology. Other areas of interest comprise the establishment of machine learning algorithms in voice analysis.

Claudia Visca

Born in New York, soprano Claudia Visca graduated from the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Anna Moffo's teacher, Eufemia Giannini  and Wagnerian soprano, Margret Harshaw.  A Fulbright Scholarship took her to the Hochschule fur Musik Wien where she finished her education under the guidance of Ks. Hilde Rossel-Majdan and Anton Dermota.  

Claudia Visca has worked with renowned conductors, stage directors, and artists, including Eugene Ormandy, Gustav Kuhn, Istvan Kertesz, Miguel Gomez-Matinez, Sandor Vegh, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Pina Bausch, Christine Mielitz, Marcel Prawy, Bruno Canino, Rudolf  Serkin, members of the Guarneri Quartet, Edith Mathis, Agnes Baltsa and Placido Domingo. A highlight of Claudia Visca's career was to sing Maria in West Side Story conducted by the composer, Leonard Bernstein.

During her long stage career, Claudia Visca guested in more than 25 opera houses in Europe, among them those in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Geneva, Vienna, and Zürich. In over 2,000 performances, she appeared in more than 75 roles in operas, operettas, and musicals as well as in concerts

From 1998 to 2003, Claudia Visca was voice professor at the Hochschule fur Musik Cologne.  In 2003, she became a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 

Claudia Visca has given international  masterclasses in vocal technique and interpretation in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland and the United States. 

Her students are winners of international competitions and are engaged in major opera houses and concert halls as soloists all over the world, including: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bologna, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Lissabon, London (Convent Garden), Madrid, Milan (La Scala), Moscow, Munich,                                            New York (The Metropolitan), Paris, Peking,  St. Petersberg, Prague (National Theater), Rome, Seoul, Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb.