Patricia Stiles

Summer Opera Workshop Coordinator
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Patricia Stiles, Coordinator

Patricia Stiles studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Oren Brown and also coached with Joan Dornemann, Martin Katz, Erik Werba, and others. She is a recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music grant.

Professor Stiles performed over seventy operatic roles including Carmen, Dalila, Eboli, Octavian, Orpheus, Ortrud, Erda, Rosina, Dorabella, and Cherubino with international opera houses including National Theater (Munich), Semperoper (Dresden), Leipzig Opera, Duesseldorf Opera, Washington Opera (Kennedy Center). She has given numerous recitals, has appeared as soloist with several European orchestras, and has presented master classes in Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the United States. She also has recordings with Musical Heritage Society, Embassy Sound, Cavalli Records.

Professor Stiles returned to the United States in 1998 to teach voice at Indiana University. She has students performing in opera houses in the U.S., Austria, and in Germany. Her students have been winners in numerous contests including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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Brenna Corner, Stage Director

From Alberta Canada, Brenna Corner has been involved with theatre and opera for years. She has a degree in vocal performance from The University of Manitoba, and theatre diplomas from Grant MacEwan College and The British American Drama Academy. She has worked as a director, actor, singer, choreographer, fight director, and dancer all across Canada.  Past directing projects include project include: Giulio Cesare (Manitoba Underground Opera); Idomeneo, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Clemenza di Tito, Turn of the Screw - Scenes (Canadian Operatic Arts Academy); Cosi Fan Tutte - Scenes (Canadian Operatic Arts Academy) The Velveteen Rabbit (The Little Opera Company) Abandonne (Manitoba Underground Opera); Fatal Flaw; Shakespeare in Opera (Manitoba Underground Opera); Le Nozze di Figaro (Accademia Europa dell’ Opera). Some of her singing credits include: Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte); Nancy (Albert Herring); Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Maggie Jones (42nd Street), and Witch (Into the Woods). She is also a member of Fight Directors Canada and has choreographed the fights for such shows as: King Lear (Theatre Prospero); After Juliet (Laezerte); and Don Giovanni (Accademia Europa dell’ Opera). Some of her theatre credits include: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet and Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Prospero); and Mary, Maggie Now (Prosperous Paddies). 

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Marcello Cormio, Musical Director

A native of Italy, Marcello Cormio has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, the Bacau Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Bari, the Orchestra Sinfonica Domenico Sarro, the Ensemble Piccinni, the Ensemble Postacchini, the Orchestra Pelagus, the Bay View Festival, and the collegiate festival orchestra at Georgia All-State. He has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists, such as soprano Cynthia Lawrence and pianists Aldo Ciccolini.

Among his recent engagements, last fall he was invited as a guest lecturer at the opera program of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, music directing the 2012 Opera Scenes.

Upcoming engagements include a tour to China with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and collaboration as music director of the 2012 Opera do Recife program in Recife, Brazil.

As an opera conductor, he has led fully staged productions of Die Zauberflöte at the Bay View  Music Festival and of Gounod’s Romèo et Juliette with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, where he is currently serving as assistant conductor, chorus master, coach and rehearsal pianist.

In 2010 he was appointed first assistant conductor and cover conductor at the Sarasota Opera, where he worked with world-renowned singers and conducted staging and full dress rehearsals in productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Giovanna d’Arco, La Cenerentola.

Mr. Cormio has served for four years on the music staff of the Indiana University Opera Theatre, covering rehearsals of Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Bohème, Giulio Cesare, Le nozze di Figaro, The love for Three Oranges, L’Italiana in Algeri, Così fan tutte. In 2011 he was the music director of the Summer Opera Workshop at IU.

In 2005 he served as conductor and music director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble “Makrokosmos” in Italy. He has also premiered a large number of works by faculty and student composers during his residency at Indiana University, and recently, he has collaborated with American composer Thomas Pasatieri, conducting his newly composed “Symphony no. 1” on a concert tour.

Mr. Cormio earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the Jacob School of Music of Indiana University, studying with Professors David Effron and Arthur Fagen. At Indiana University, he has conducted numerous orchestral concerts, has served as assistant for the different symphonic ensembles of the school, and has also worked with maestri such as Leonard Slatkin, Jorge Mester, Herbert Blomstedt. Additionally, he has worked with conductors Larry Rachleff, Donato Renzetti, Alexander Mickelthwate, Carl Topilow.

His previous musical studies in Italy had earned him diplomas in Piano, Instrumental Conducting, Composition, as well as a Master’s Degree and a PhD in History and Critical Study of the Musical Heritage.

In 2006 Mr. Cormio was a “Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar”, being the recipient of a prestigious scholarship, which first brought him to the United States.

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Matthew Latta

Dr. Matthew Latta received his Doctor of Music in Voice, minors in music education and opera stage direction, from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Evansville and a Master of Music in voice from Indiana University.

In addition to various stage performances, faculty recitals, and choral solos, Dr. Latta’s operatic roles include Junker Spärlich (The Merry Wives of Windsor), a Groomsman in William Bolcom’s A Wedding (a collegiate premiere), Elder Gleaton (Susannah), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other operatic roles include Jupiter (Semele), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), First Bird in Richard Faith’s Beauty and the Beast (world premiere), and the role of Martin in Bruce Trinkley and Richard Charnesky’s opera opera.com.edy (world premiere).

Dr. Latta is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has completed the 2009 N.A.T.S. intern program as one of twelve interns selected from a national pool. Latta has served as the President of the Indiana University Chapter of the Student National Association of Teachers of Singing and has presented scholarly research at the New Voice Educators Symposium (Indiana University) and has been a speaker for the IU S.N.A.T.S Guest Lecture Series. Latta is also a member of Music Teachers National Association and the Indiana Music Teachers Association and is working to develop the premier vocal track for the 2012 IMTA conference. His most current academic research focuses on methodology and approach to teaching and learning in the undergraduate voice studio through the development of a repertoire-based approach to singing.

An avid teacher, Dr. Latta is a member of the voice faculty at Vincennes University where he currently directs the University Concert Choir and the Opera and Music Theater Workshop, teaches studio voice, music for elementary teachers, and music appreciation. Latta has taught Italian diction, introduction to music theory, and music appreciation for the Early College Program, X-Mester, and is returning faculty for Summer 2012. Additionally, Dr. Latta maintains a private music studio in Knightsville, Indiana.

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