Artist Faculty

A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Artist Faculty


Dr. Marilyn Taylor - Soprano; Voice Department Chair
Witherspoon Wilder Endowed Professor in Opera
B.M., M.M., University of Louisville; D. M., Indiana University
Appearances with orchestras including the Bonn Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Numerous leading roles with regional opera companies.

Anthony Dean Griffey, Distinguished Guest Artist in Voice

American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular  acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. The  combination of         his  beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, gift of  dramatic interpretation and superb musicianship have earned him the  highest praise from critics and audiences alike.

Marion Pratnicki - Mezzo-soprano
B.M., SUNY, Fredonia, M.M. Indiana University
Appearances with numerous opera companies including Glimmerglass Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, L’Opera de Montreal and Vancouver Opera
Glenn Siebert - Tenor
B.M., M.M. Indiana University
Leading roles and appearances with prestigious opera companies and orchestras including the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the New York Philharmonic


James Allbritten - Artistic Director
B.M., University of Louisville; M.M., Doctoral studies, Indiana University
Leading roles and appearances with opera companies and orchestras including Arizona Opera, Piedmont Opera Theatre, New Mexico Symphony. Chorus Master, Winston Salem Symphony; Artistic Director/Principal Conductor Piedmont Opera
Steven LaCosse - Managing Director; Resident Stage Director
B.M., Indiana University, South Bend; M.M., University of North Texas; M. S. Indiana University; D.M., Indiana University.
Professional stage director, assisted James Lucas and Giorgio Tozzi of the Metropolitan Opera.


Mary Ann Bills –  Pianist
B.M. Washington State University; M.M. University of North Carolina Greensboro
Angela Vanstory Ward - Principal Coach; Accompanist
Malcom and Patty Brown Endowed Professor in Opera
B.A. Lenoir Rhyne College; M.M. With Honors, New England Conservatory
Coach/Accompanist/Recitalist/Asst. Conductor , NEC, Boston Conservatory, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society. Also Central City Opera and Wolf Trap.


Hans Gabriel – German
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Nancy Goldsmith – Italian Diction; Supertitles
B.A. degree in Romance Languages from Boston University, M.A. in Italian Literature from Brown University, Ph.D. in Italian Literature and Renaissance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Has created supertitles for more than 20 operatic productions from Monteverdi’s Tirsi et Colri (1616) to Ward’s The Crucible (1961).