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Joan Dornemann

Prompter, Assistant Conductor - Metropolitan Opera, 

WNO - Cafritz YAP, 

IVAI - Artistic Director

Joan Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. In her position of Assistant Co nductor at The Metropolitan Opera, she has prepared the most prominent international artists for their performances at the Met and has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Aprile Millo, Montserrat Caballe, Deborah Voigt, Renée Fleming, Neil Shicoff, Juan Diego Flórez, Leo Nucci and many others.


In addition, she has collaborated with outstanding opera singers as a pianist for many solo performances outside the opera house. She has been associated with the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, the New York City Opera and the Opera National de Paris. At the Metropolitan Opera, she has collaborated with such notable conductors as James Levine, James Conlon, Carlos Kleiber, Marcello Viotti and many others.


A great supporter of young singers, she teaches master classes throughout the USA as well as Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Russia, China, Japan, and France.

Ms. Dornemann traveled to Russia to coach professional singers for Verdi's Don Carlo and Aida, produced by the Kirov Opera under the baton of Valery Gergiev and was the vocal coach for La Bohème and La Cenerentola at L'Opéra National de Paris. Ms. Dornemann received an Emmy Award for her contribution to the highly acclaimed first Live From the Met telecast of La Bohème with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. She is the author of Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera.


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