At my first coaching session as newly-employed repetiteur at Melbourne’s Victoria State Opera in 1978, I was completely overawed at the thought of having to teach the distinguished tenor Ronald Dowd the role of Idomeneo. Ron noticed my trepidation and simply said: “I know how good I am. It’s your job to make me even better”.
That basically sums up my coaching philosophy. Whether you need to learn a complete role or want to polish your audition or concert arias, there will always be something that can be improved, whether it be intonation, diction, rhythmical security, posture, emotional relationship to the text etc. etc..
My specialty is German repertoire, particularly Wagner and Richard Strauss, but I’m at home stylistically from Monteverdi through to John Adams. In my coaching studio you also have the possibility to work with digital organ or harpsichord at whatever pitch you like.