Music Director Education and Family Programs, The Dallas Opera
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Upcoming Recital 2017
March 25, 2017 University of Texas at Dallas presents Jared Schwartz, bass, and Mary Dibbern, pianist Music by Gabriel Fauré, Ange Flégier, and Franz Liszt. The concert will feature selections from Jared Schwartz's Toccata Classics recordings of Fauré's mélodies with Roy Howat, his recording of Ange Flégier's mélodies with Mary Dibbern, and the upcoming recording with Schwartz and Dibbern of songs by Liszt. The concert takes place in Jonsson Performance Hall at 8:00 p.m.
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Mary Dibbern is a classically trained pianist with extended experience in vocal collaboration. She has taught as a guest lecturer at universities, colleges, and for young artist programs in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She is currently Music Director of Education for the The Dallas Opera. She is studying at the University of Texas at Dallas for a PhD in Humanities with an emphasis on translation studies. Her interest in French language and music led her to study and work in Paris where she lived for thirty-one years. She has worked internationally as a recital accompanist, vocal coach, master class teacher, recording artist and lecturer. She has a special interest in working with emerging singers and pianists to help them make the transition from higher education studies to professional music careers. Mary has collaborated with publishers to create editions of unknown French vocal and chamber music. She has translated both study and performing versions of French, German and Italian opera librettos, as well as French writings in musicology.
University of Texas at Dallas — PhD, Humanities and Translation Studies. 24 hours completed. Class of 2019. Advisor, Rainer Schulte.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas—Master of Music, with highest honors, 1975. Piano Performance with studies in collaborative piano and piano pedagogy. Graduate Assistant. Student of Paul Vellucci.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks—Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972. Piano Performance major, English minor.
Centre d’Arts d’Orford, Magog, Québec, Canada, Summer 1977, 1978, 1979. Study of recital repertoire with Dalton Baldwin and Gérard Souzay.
Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland, Summer 1978. Study of recital repertoire with Dalton Baldwin and Gérard Souzay.
Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, France, 1978-1979. Musical analysis and accompaniment with Nadia Boulanger.
Fondation International Nadia et Lili Boulanger. Grant for study of French opera coaching with Janine Reiss. Paris, 1987-1988.
Franz Schubert Institute, Baden–bei–Wein, Austria, Summer 1980. German lieder with Hans Hotter, Jorg Demus, Erik Werba, Elly Ameling and Brigitte Fassbaender. Winner of Franz Schubert Prize in Lieder Accompaniment.
Pierre Bernac, private studio. French mélodie repertoire. Paris, 1978-1979.
University of Michigan at Interlochen. Summer semesters 1970 and 1971. Applied piano with Professor Robert Hord, music history, music theory, art history, choral conducting with Maynard Klein.
Westminster Choir College, Princeton, Art Song Festival, 1977, 1978, 1979. Study of recital repertoire with Dalton Baldwin and Martin Katz.
Music Director of Education and Family Programs, The Dallas Opera — 2012–Present. Musical preparation and performances of two opera productions per year (performed 4 to 5 times per week) with 12 to 14 singers, mainly graduate and post-graduates. Collaborates with stage directors from SMU and The Dallas Children’s Theater. Performs at the Winspear Opera. Master classes. Translates opera librettos. Auditions singers. Coordinates young artist development with faculty from UNT and SMU. Gives pre-performance lectures for main stage productions. Coaches French language diction for TDO chorus and soloists.
University of North Texas,Adjunct faculty, French Diction for Singers, – Fall 2012.
Head of Music, The Minnesota Opera — 2009-2012. Musical preparation in all main stage productions with a staff of 2-3 young artist apprentice coaches. Trained young artist singers in musical style and language for covers and supporting roles. Gave pre- performance lectures at the Ordway Theater. Worked closely with composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell to develop the world premiere of Silent Night, an opera with a libretto in 5 languages, winner of 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Corrected vocal and orchestral scores. Weekly master classes and French classes for young artists. Interviewed guest conductors, singers and stage directors for Meet the Artist events.
University of Minnesota, Guest Teacher — 2009-2012. Taught music and opera appreciation for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Bookends Classes. Lectured on opera for the German, Italian and French language classes. Taught master classes at the University Music Department.
Master classes and mini-residencies for singers and pianists — 1986–2015 at, among others, Baylor University. Brenau University. Cincinnati Conservatory. Coe College. Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Longy School of Music. Mercer University. Oklahoma City University. Smith College. University of Minnesota. University of Nevada.
National Association of Teachers of Singing workshops (Boston; Dallas-Ft. Worth. Georgia (State Convention). Puget Sound (Seattle). Cascade (Portland, OR). San Diego. Iowa State Chapter. Tahoma.), Lewis and Clark (Portland, OR).Middle Tennessee State University. North Dakota State University. North Texas University. Northern Illinois University. Oregon State University. Rutgers University (Sommerfest). Southern Methodist University. University of Arizona. University of Hawaii Manoa. University of North Dakota. University of Texas at Arlington. University of Texas at Austin. University of Texas at Dallas. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Whitman College.
University of Miami at Salzburg (Austria) Master Vocal Coach, — 2001-2016. Vocal coaching, master class teaching and recital accompaniment for advanced singers and pianists. French diction classes for pianists.
Free-lance collaborative pianist, vocal coach and young artist teacher based in Paris, France 1978–2009, Minneapolis 2009-2012, Dallas 2012-present. Opera companies, young artist training programs in universities and opera companies, concert performances, radio broadcasts, lectures, television broadcasts in Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Egypt, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States.
DISCOGRAPHY as collaborative pianist and opera coach
Busoni, Ferruccio Arlecchino and Turandot. Orchestre de Lyon conducted by Kent Nagano. Virgin Classics 7593132. 2CDs. 1992. Vocal coach and musical preparation.
Chausson, Ernest et al. Le Premier Matin du Monde. Wanda Brister, mezzo-soprano, Mary Dibbern, piano. Cambria 1143. 2006. CD.
Cilea, Francesco. L’Arlesiana, Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie - Radio France. Conducted by Friedemann Layer. Collection Euterp. Accord - Universal / 476 7644. 2005. CD. Vocal coach and musical preparation.
Debussy, Claude et al. Le Chant de la Mer. Cécilia Norick, mezzo-soprano, Mary Dibbern, piano. Alizé.1994. CD.
Fauré, Gabriel. Songs for Bass Voice and Piano. Jared Schwartz, bass, Roy Howat, piano. Artistic producer and translated song texts. London: Toccata Classics. TOCC0268. 2015. CD.
Flégier, Ange. Mélodies for Bass Voice and Piano. Jared Schwartz, bass, Mary Dibbern, pianist and translator for liner notes and song texts. London: Toccata Classics, TOCC0306. 2016. CD. World premiere recordings.
Hersant, Philippe. Le Château des Carpathes. Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier conducted by David Robertson. Ades-Musidisc/France Musique.2001. 2CDs.Vocal coach and musical preparation for world premiere.
Leguerney, Jacques. 28 Mélodies. Danielle Borst, soprano, Brigitte Balleys, mezzo-soprano, Philippe Huttenlocher, baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist. Genève: Claves 509618. Coproduced by Radio Suisse Romande. 1996. CD. Won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Academie du Disque Français 1997.
_____. Mélodies sur des Poèmes de la Renaissance. Lisa Bonenfant, soprano, Kurt Ollmann, baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist. Harmonia Mundi France 1171. LP. 1985.
_____. Mélodies, Vol. 2. Deborah Massell, soprano, Kurt Ollmann, baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist. Harmonia Mundi France 1172. LP. 1985.
Liszt, Franz. Songs for Bass Voice and Piano. Jared Schwartz, bass, Mary Dibbern, pianist and author of liner notes, translator of song texts. London: Toccata Classics, Planned for April 2017. CD.
Mascagni, Pietro. Parisina.Festival Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, conducted by Enrique Diemecke. Collection Actes Sud, distributed by Naïve / AT 34 103. 1999. 3 CDs. World premiere recording. Vocal coach and musical preparation.
Offenbach, Jacques. Offenbach au menu by the Quatuor Gastronomique with Sylvie Bertho, soprano, Marie-Thérèse Keller, mezzo-soprano, Pierre Catala, tenor, Jean-Marc Salzmann, baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist and musical arrangements. Paris: Maguelone 111188. 1993. CD.
Pasatieri, Thomas. Frau Margot. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Opera. Conducted by Joseph Illick. New York: Albany Records, 2007. CD. Vocal coach for the world premiere.
Poulenc, Francis. Dialogues des Carmelites. Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon conducted by Kent Nagano. Virgin Classics. 2000. 2CDs. Vocal coach and musical preparation.
Puts, Kevin and Mark Campbell. Silent Night. Minnesota Opera. Conducted by Michael Christie. Premiere Opera DVD 11029. 2012. Vocal coach and libretto consultant for the world premiere. Assistant producer for DVD recording.
Viardot, Pauline, et al. Under Her Spell: The Viardot Effect. Vanessa Jump-Nelson, soprano, April Brookins–Duvic, soprano, Mary Dibbern, pianist. Portland OR: The Duelin’ Sopranos, 2003. CD.
Whalum, Wendell et al. Negro Spirituals. Laurence Albert, bass-baritone, Mary Dibbern, pianist. Foxglove Audio, 1994.World premiere recordings of arrangements by contemporary composers. CD.
Dibbern, Mary. Carmen: A Performance Guide. Introduction by Lesley A. Wright. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 4. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2000.
_____. Faust/Roméo et Juliette: A Performance Guide. Foreword by Jean-Pierre Gounod. Illustrations provided by the Gounod Estate. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 6. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2006.
_____. Manon: A Performance Guide. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 7. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2011.
_____. Romeo et Juliette. Opera libretto translated from the French. Minnesota Opera Libretto Series. Minneapolis: 2007.
_____. The Tales of Hoffmann: A Performance Guide. Foreword by Thomas Grubb. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 5. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2002.
_____. Werther: A Performance Guide. Preface by Christophe Campestrani and Kevin Newbury. Illustrations by Mike Reed. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 8. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2013.
Dibbern, Mary, Carol Kimball and Patrick Choukroun. Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney: A Guide for Study and Performance. Foreword by Gilles Cantagrel. Vox Musicae: The Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Song, no. 3. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2001.
Massenet, Anne. Massenet and His Letters: A New Biography. Lives in Music, no. 11. Translated from the French by Mary Dibbern. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2015.
Oléon, Hervé and Mary Dibbern. Massenet: Catalogue Général des Oeuvres/General Catalogue of Works. Annotated Reference Tools in Music, no. 9. Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, NY., 2016.
Dibbern, Mary. “Coach’s Notebook: Carmen in Shanghai,” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXX, no. 3 (September 1997): 13-23.
_____. “Coach’s Notebook . . . From France,” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXVIII, no. 2 (June 1995): 28–35. Interview with opera impresario Brian Dickie.
_____. “Coach’s Notebook . . . From France,” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXVIII, no. 4 (December 1995): 25–29. Interview with the American conductor David Heusel.
_____. “Coach’s Notebook: from Germany, ” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXIX, no. 3 (September 1996): 38-45. Interview with the American conductor Mary Chun.
_____. “Fromental Halévy: His Life and Music by Ruth Jordan,” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXX, no. 4 (December 1997): 54-56.
Choukroun, Patrick. “Jacques Leguerney (1906- 1997): The Celebration of French Song, ” The Opera Journal, Vol. XXX, no. 4 (December 1997): 42-46. Translated from the French by Mary Dibbern.
Editions of music
Bachelet, Alfred. Chère nuit, with piano and optional violin, cello or viola. Fayetteville, AR: Classical Vocal Reprints, 2014. CVR 4789. Edited and translated by Mary Dibbern.
Duparc, Henri. Mélodies, op. 5. New York: Classical Vocal Reprints, 1990. CVR 0401–9. Translated by Mary Dibbern.
Flégier, Ange. Collection of 13 Songs for bass voice and piano. Vol 1: 1. Le Cor 2. La Poésie 3. Au crépuscule 4. L'Homme et la Mer 5. La Neige 6. Le Manoir. Paris: Musik Fabrik, 2016. Edited by Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern.
_____. Collection of 13 Songs for bass voice and piano. Vol. 2: À la dérive 8. Chant d'automne 9. Apaisement 10. Les Larmes 11. O Salutaris 12. Je ne sais pourquoi 13. Ma coupe. Paris: Musik Fabrik, 2016. Edited by Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern. Each of the 13 songs is also published in a single song edition in both bass and original keys. “Apaisement” is published separately with violin or viola obbligato.
Gounod, Charles. 15 Mélodies pour chant et piano. New York: Classical Vocal Reprints, 1987. CVR 567. Translated by Mary Dibbern.
Leguerney, Jacques. Paris: Max Eschig, 1986. Prepared in collaboration with the composer.
Le Paysage ou . . . La Description de Port-Royal des Champs. M. E. 8683. (4 mélodies)
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 3ème Recueil (Ronsard): Je fuis les pas frayés, Ode anacréontique, A Cupidon, La Fontaine d'Hélène, M.E. 8620
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 4ème Recueil: Un Voile obscur (Ronsard), Invocation: Ciel, air et vents (Ronsard), Comme un qui s'est perdu (Jodelle), M.E. 8621
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 5ème Recueil: A la Fontaine Bellerie (Ronsard), Chanson triste (Bertaut), Villanelle (Desportes), M.E. 8622
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 6ème Recueil: Sérénade d'un Barbon (Ronsard), Le Paresseux (Saint-Amant), L'Insouciant (Ronsard), Sonnet pour Hélène (Ronsard), M.E. 8623
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 7ème Recueil: La Caverne d'Echo (Saint-Amant), Nous ne tenons (Ronsard), Le Vallon (De Viau), M.E. 8681
Poèmes de la Pléiade, 8ème Recueil: D'une fontaine (Desportes), Sur la mort de Diane (Desportes), Le Tombeau de Ronsard (Ronsard), Avril (Ronsard), M.E. 8682
Quatre Mélodies. M.E. 8684.
Editions of Leguerney authorized by the Leguerney Estate. Paris: Musik Fabrik,
Arpège (voice and piano);
Ballade for violin and piano;
Chanson (voice and piano);
De l’abîme profond (duet);
Élégie (voice and piano);
Fantaisie in g minor for piano;
Heureux qui, comme Ulysse (voice and piano);
Impromptu for piano;
Passacaille for two pianos;
3 Poèmes de Jean Moréas (voice and piano);
13 Poèmes de Paul-Jean Toulet (voice and piano);
Psaume 62 de David (medium voice and chamber orchestra or piano);
Premier Sonate for piano and violin;
Quatuor à cordes en ré;
7 Poèmes de François Maynard (voice and piano);
La Solitude, voice and piano or orchestra;
Sonatine for violin and piano;
Sonate no. 2 for violin and piano;
Sonate for piano and flute;
Trio for piano, violin and cello.
Liszt, Franz. Songs for bass voice and piano. Edition in preparation for Musik Fabrik. 2017.
Offenbach, Jacques. “Scintille, diamant,” Les contes d’Hoffmann. Fayetteville, AR: Classical Vocal Reprints. CVR 4799. 2014. Edited and translated by Mary Dibbern.
Vaughn Williams, Ralph. Songs of Travel for Very Low Voice and Piano. Fayetteville, AR: Classical Vocal Reprints. CVR 4800. Edited by Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern.
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