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NICHOLAS TAMAGNA

TEACHING ARTIST

215 Park Avenue South Suite 1403 New York, NY 10002

e: mail@nicholastamagna.com

t: 646.712.4208

www.nicholastamagna.com

N I C H O L A S

TA MA GN A

TEACHING ARTIST

BIOGRAPHY

NICHOLAS TAMAGNA is a countertenor, phonetician, voice pedagogue and CEM of Counterpoints Publishing LLC.

As a countertenor, Opera Now described him in the role of Orpheus as "exquisite, combining perfect tonal quality with substantial power. His voice soared with piecing [sic] sadness and soothed with a silky beauty, giving a glimpse, perhaps, of why castrati voices became the divos of the Baroque era.” Tamagna broke the gender-barrier as the first countertenor to perform the role of Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and with Edgar & Friends in concert version. Nicholas Tamagna performed a special New Year’s All-Bach Concert 2010 as the alto soloist in cantata 11 with the Amor Artis Chamber Orchestra and Choir. He was also an invited 2010 young artist with Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in London, Ontario in collaboration this year with Opera London and Maestro Timothy Vernon. Prior to 2000, Nicholas Tamagna was a musical theater actor playing in community theater and small companies in New York.

As a phonetician, Tamagna has taught diction classes at Hunter College and has been a private tutor in diction for singers as well as an ESL teacher in NYC. He was the phonetic consultant for Crysede, an opera in Chaucerian English set by composer Alice Shields, performed at New York City Opera Vox in 2008. He prepared the phonetic transliteration of the libretto compiled and edited by Nancy Dean, Chaucer and Medieval Studies expert, as well as author and playwright, which was used by the singers for their preparation.

Nicholas Tamagna maintains a private voice studio in Manhattan, and is the longtime musical director of Summer Theater Institute in residence at the Juilliard School of Music, where he serves as director of vocal studies and musical director. His teaching combines elements of traditional bel canto vocal technique, with vocal principles of early music and healthy contemporary styles. His technique is easily applicable to jazz, musical theater, contemporary classical, early music, standard opera, and soft rock and r & b pop stylings. His aim is to give his singers a roadmap towards achieving efficient, successful, and supported singing, as well as improving musicianship, style, bodily awareness and understanding of the science behind the voice.

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He also is the CEM of Counterpoints Publishing LLC, established in 2010, to provide important information (i.e. articles and books), career services and products (i.e. scores) for countertenor voice, career, and repertoire.

To learn more about Nicholas Tamagna, visit www.nicholastamagna.com.

TESTIMONIALS

LINDSEY BULLER, TEACHING ARTIST, EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR AT NEW VICTORY THEATER

"Nick is an amazing technician of the voice! A few lessons with a singer and I have watched their voices blossom. Their sounds become integrated and rounder. They have more confidence and understand the mechanics of their voice as well as broadening their range. He has high standards, but provides a lot of support to help his students reach those standards. He is an amazing teacher and can help people uncover a whole new aspect to their voice."

JESSICA CHI, STUDENT AT SUMMER THEATER INSTITUTE

“Nicholas Tamagna is an extraordinary talent and an exceptional teacher with whom I have had an absolute pleasure in working. With an unparalleled expertise in music and singing, he is skilled in quickly and accurately diagnosing areas for improvement (many of which often go unidentified by other voice coaches) and in offering comprehensive guidance to assist each and every single one of his students’ growth as an artist. His multi-faceted understanding of music and performance makes him an incomparable voice teacher – one who is able to impart invaluable wisdom about technique, style, and presentation. Unfalteringly patient and supportive, he is extremely attentive to his students’ needs and provides generous advice to address any and all of his students’ concerns. He maintains a professionalism of the highest caliber while still developing a close connection to every person he instructs. His enthusiasm for his work is clear in the boundless energy he brings to all of his classes and lessons and in his eagerness to spread his love of music to all.

TALLIE GABRIEL, STUDENT AT SUMMER THEATER INSTITUTE

"Working with Nicholas was such a terrific experience. He really knows how to communicate his technique and get it across to the students. After working with him for only four weeks, I felt my technique and confidence in my voice improve. I carry out the things he taught me when I sing every day now!"

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RESUME

OBJECTIVE

As a teaching-artist, I want to use my skills as an actor, singer, voice specialist, teacher and director to empower students and clients to question and explore methods of artistic expression in theatrical form, and improve upon their artistic skills.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

B.A./M.A. in Voice, City University of New York at Hunter College, 2004-07 (graduated) Concentration in Voice, French, Piano, Composition, and Vocal Pedagogy B.M. Voice Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2002-2004 (transfer) Concentration in Opera Studies and Voice B.Mus.Ed., University of North Carolina, 2000-2002 (transfer) Concentration in Piano, Voice, Music Education, Languages, and Opera Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Corporate Executive Member and founder, 2010 Counterpoints Publishing LLC Current owner of a company dedicated to publishing informative articles about countertenor voice and providing scores for sale in countertenor repertoire.

Piano Teacher, 2000-Present Private Studio in NY Teach students improvisational skills and classical technique (all ages).

Vocal Technician, 2005-Present Tamagna Vocal Studio Teach students vocal technique and coach music (all ages).

Vocal Technician and Musical Director, 2008-Present Summer Theatre Institute NYC – in residence at Juilliard School of Music Taught teenagers 14-18, vocal masterclasses, gave private voice instruction, taught song presentation and interpretation, and gave a three-day lecture on Theatre and Music History entitled, “Evolution of the Mask.” Co-directed and accompanied final devised theatre pieces with incidental music and songs.

Substitute/Adjunct Professor City University of New York at Hunter College, 2008 Taught Voice 101 classes and Italian diction.

Musical Director, 2005-07 Summer Theatre Institute NYC – in residence at Columbia University Assisted Master Teacher Susan Gonzalez in teaching vocal technique classes. Co-directed and accompanied final devised theatre pieces with incidental music and songs.

Musical Director, 2007 Summer-on-the-Hill, Horace Mann Private School, Riverdale, NY Taught general music classes and prepared 2 nd and 3 rd grade classes for final presentations.

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Teaching Artist, 2006-07 Hunter College Now! Assisted Master Teacher Susan Gonzalez in teaching vocal technique classes. Co-directed and accompanied final devised theatre pieces with incidental music and songs. Gave a week lecture on the History of Musical Theater.

Musical Director, 2000-01 Lakeland School District – Arts Education Program (Cortlandt Manor, NY) Choral Director. Co-directed and accompanied final revue.

Music Director, 1999 Croton Children’s Theatre (Croton, NY) Taught 2 nd grade music classes, prepared final performance of “Our Giraffe,” an original children’s musical with 2 nd graders.

LECTURES

Presenter. “The Evolution of the Mask,” Lecture Series at Summer Theatre Institute and College Now (CUNY- Hunter). New York, NY 2006-Present. (An evolving lecture series)

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Pedagogical Reference for countertenors and teachers of countertenors The Male Voice in the Modern Age

PERFORMANCE

OPERA

Giulio Cesare in Egitto∙Giulio Cesare Opera London (London, Ontario) 2010; Bel Cantanti Opera (Washington DC) 2009

Orpheus and Eurydice∙Orpheus Opera Memphis (Memphis, TN) 2010; Brooklyn Repertory Opera (Brooklyn, NY) 2008

The Hunger Art / Gonzales Cantata∙Milos Burning Bayreuth (Bard College, NY) 2010, Philly Fringe (Philadelphia, PA) 2008/09

Un Ballo in Maschera∙Ulrica Edgar & Friends Opera in Concert (NY) 2009; Brooklyn Repertory Opera (NY) 2009

Hand of Poker∙Billy Hunter Opera Workshop (NY) 2009

CONCERT

Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Countertenor Soloist 2005-Present Fairfield Chorale Society, Messiah, Alto Soloist 2010 Canadian Operatic Arts Academy 2010 Scenes from La Calisto (Cavalli) Endimione David et Jonathas (Charpentier) La Pythonisse Christ Church and St. Stephen’s, El Niño (J. Adams), Countertenor I 2009 One World Symphony, Rückert Lieder: “Ich bin der Welt,” Soloist 2009 Amor Artis, All-Bach New Year’s Eve Concert – Bach Cantata 11, Alto Soloist 2009 Bridges Vocal Ensemble, Modern Art Song, Countertenor Soloist 2009 Gloria Parker Singer Showcase 2008-09 Midsummer Night’s Dream (B. Britten) Oberon Flight (J. Dove) Refugee The Rake’s Progress (I. Stravinsky) Baba the Turk Giulio Cesare (G.F. Handel) Tolomeo Hunter Symphony, Utrecht Jubilate (G.F. Handel), Alto Soloist 2009 46 Barrow Street Recital Series, Les Ariettes Oubliées (C. Debussy) 2008; Les Banalités (F. Poulenc) 2008

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TELEVISION

30 Rock – Extra work 2010

MUSICAL THEATRE/OPERETTA

Kiss Me Kate

Hunter Opera Workshop (2005)

Fred

Monsieur Choufleuri

Danny Kaye Theatre (2007)

Babylas

PIANO

With over 20 years of study, cabaret pianist for over 10 years, playing for shows at Don’t Tell Mamma’s and Cabaret Duplex in NYC, as well as pianist accompanist, arranger, and consultant to singers around NYC.

TRAINING

Acting: Dona D. Vaughn, Richard Crittenden, Elizabeth Vrenios Alissa Grimaldi, Gloria Parker, Allyn Sitjar Voice: James Baumgartner, Patricia Misslin, Marianna Christos, Susan Gonzalez, Alissa Grimaldi, Mark Oswald, and David Jones. Ornamentation: Susan Gonzalez, Harry Saltzman Movement/Dance: Frank Patrelle and Miranda Wickett Alexander Technique: UNC-Greensboro Stage Combat:

- audited with David Hastings Dialects: U.S.: New York, Southern; Europe: French

PROGRAMS

Operafestival di Roma in Rome and Verona, Italy (singer and accompanist for the program) Richard Crittenden Opera Workshop David Jones Teacher Seminar Canadian Operatic Arts Academy – Summer Intensive

COMPUTERS SKILLS

Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Vegas Movie Editing Software, Sibelius 6, Microsoft Word, Windows and Mac Systems Proficient.

REFERENCES

Lindsey Buller, Education Programs Manager, New Victory Theater, 917.693.5049 Allyn Sitjar, Director of Youth Theatre of New Jersey and Summer Theater Institute, 201.415.5329 Heidi Stallings, Co-Teaching Artist, 917.523.9183 Susan Gonzalez, Ph.D, Director of Voice Studies, City University of New York at Hunter College, 917.923.3636 Alissa Grimaldi, Voice Technician and Mentor, 212.679.3461

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HEADSHOT

HEADSHOT CONTACT NICHOLAS TAMAGNA Burton Goldstein Ma nagement LLC 215 Park Avenue S outh Suite 1403

CONTACT

NICHOLAS TAMAGNA

Burton Goldstein Ma nagement LLC

215 Park Avenue S outh Suite 1403 New York, NY 10002

t: 646.712.4208

e: mail@nichol astamagna.com

www.nicholastamagna.com

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