Italian Diction Coach
Born in Italy, Stefano Baldasseroni began studying drums at age 4, and by his late twenties had recorded and toured as a drummer with many renowned popular-music artists, including The Grandmothers, Patty Pravo, Giancarlo Giannini, and Moony. He moved to New York in 2010 and worked as a session drummer while also serving as an Italian diction coach for productions of Falstaff, Lucia, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Luisa Miller, La bohème, and Don Pasquale at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2012 he was the Italian coach for productions of Suor Angelica and Orlando at the summer program Opera Siena. In 2016 he was invited by Dolora Zajick to coach Italian diction at her Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, where he used his skills as a drummer to work with the singers on rhythm as well. Mr. Baldasseroni was the Italian diction coach for Handel's Alcina at the Santa Fe Opera in July 2017, and has coached diction for recent productions of Italian operas at the Juilliard School, Rice University, and the Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Repertoire Ensemble. In Summer 2018, he teaches for programs in China and Italy as part of the Georg Solti Accademia.
Mr. Baldasseroni joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017. He also teaches at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.