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Nicola Beller Carbone, Soprano
Vocal and dramatic interpretation

Nicola Beller Carbone is an internationally reknowned opera singer and performer. She came to the classical genre via rock, jazz, street theatre and cabaret.

Born in Germany and raised in Spain, NBC exhibits a unique artistic profile in which her experiences as a dancer, instrumentalist and actor have enriched her portrayals of operatic characters singing at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Teatro alla Fenice, Bregenzer Festspiele, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Opéra Genève, La Monnaix Bruxelles, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Opernhaus Zürich, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Montréal and many others.

NBC developed her interest in teaching in recent years, initiated by repeated requests from young singers who are inspired by NBC’s artistic personality.

Since 2013 she is regularly invited by international institutions as the”Theaterakademie August Everding”, the “Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper München”, the “Opernstudio Nationaltheater Mannheim”, the “Fundacion International Alfredo Kraus”, the “Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Opera di Firenze”.

Between 2013–2018 she was founder and artistic director of the summer workshop InCanto Tignano near Florence.


Paul Curran, Stage Director
Acting in opera

Paul Curran is a much-awarded Scottish stage director with productions at The Metropolitan Opera, ROH Covent Garden, La Scala, La Fenice, Royal Opera Copenhagen, LA Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, National Theatre Tokyo, Covent Garden Festival, Paulau de les Arts Valencia, Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg, Garsington Opera, Maggio Musical Florence, Norwegian National Opera among others.  A graduate of The National Institute of Dramatic Art Sydney, he was Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Opera from 2007 until 2012. Recent productions include: “La Donna del Lago” Metropolitan Opera , Santa Fe; “Der Fliegende Hollaender”, Maggio Musicale Firenze; “Golden Cockerel” Santa Fe , Dallas; “Khovantshchina” BBC Proms; “My Fair Lady” Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Regio Torino; “Bartered Bride”, “Death in Venice” Garsington Opera; “Carmen” Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Irish National Opera; “Lady McBeth of Mtsensk”, “Tosca”, “Otello” Canadian Opera; “Tristan und Isolde” Teatro La Fenice Venice; “Peter Grimes” Norwegian National Opera, Washington National Opera, Savonlinna Festival; “Billy Budd” “Albert Herring” Santa Fe Opera; “Daphne”, “Ariadne auf Naxos” Teatro La Fenice; “Il Trovatore” Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, Teatro dell’Opera Rome, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Teatro Regio Torino; “The Tsar’s Bride” ROH Covent Garden.

Teaching: LA Opera YAP Drama/Acting coach; Yale University; ROH Covent Garden YAP; Bolshoi Theatre YAP; University of Michigan; RAM, RCM London


Ulla Casalini, Répétiteur

Born in Florence, Ulla Casalini, studied piano and chamber music at the Music Conservatoire in her native city, then continued her studies specialising in Lieder and Song under the guidance of Erik Werba and Irwin Gage.

Ms Casalini has been teaching young singers repertoire for many years and has played for numerous master classes collaborating with Elly Ameling, Victoria de los Ángeles, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Bruson, Alessandro Corbelli, Ileana Cotrubas, Mariella Devia, Julia Hamari, Raina Kabaivanska, Chris Merritt, Peter Schreier and Shirley Verrett.

She has worked for the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole on the Mozart- Da ponte project both as pianist and continuo harpsichordist; she has performed for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Teatro Regio Parma; the Ravenna Festival; Auditorium Rai Torino; Théâtre Montansier Versailles and the Britten Theater, London.

Ulla Casalini regularly teaches at the Music Conservatoire Florence, Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, Amici della Musica Florence and the Istituto Vecchi Tonelli Modena.


Beatrice Bartoli, Répétiteur

Graduated with an honours degree in Piano and in Musica Vocale da Camera (Vocal Chamber Music) from Conservatorio Cherubini in Firenze, and in Musicology from Facoltà di Lettere, in Florence. Ms Bartoli also attained a masters, from the Conservatorio Verdi in Milano, in  Italian Vocal Chamber Music, graduating with honours. Ms Bartoli has also attended the repetiteur’s and coaches at Accademia of Teatro alla Scala, and Accademia of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Ms Bartoli was invited as a coach, and performer to several festivals, workshops and masterclasses; including the renowned Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, InCanto Tignano workshop and Festival Solo Belcanto.
She also worked as collaborative pianist in theaters and opera houses such as Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Circuito Lirico Lombardo, Teatro Marrucino of Chieti, Teatro del Giglio of Lucca, two productions with the Philadelphia International Opera Theater held in Città della Pieve (Perugia, Italy).
From 2010 to 2017, she was collaborative pianist of the Florentine choir Harmonia Cantata, conducted by Raffaele Puccianti. She works as accompanist for singing classes of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence.
Ms Bartoli has worked with many artists such as: Nicola Beller Carbone, Sonia Bergamasco, Marina Comparato, Paul Curran, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Eva Mei, Beppe Menegatti, Chris Merritt, Giacomo Prestia, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Roberto Scandiuzzi, and others.

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