Faculty & Guest Faculty

Elizabeth Bachman Program Director


Stage director, acting teacher, coach of English, French and Italian diction. Ms. Bachman consistently receives critical praise for her innovative opera staging. Conversant in five languages, she has directed more than 50 operas in over 30 companies in North America, Japan and Argentina. In addition to her extensive operatic resume, Ms. Bachman spent 13 years as the stage director, acting teacher and production coordinator for the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus’ Opera Arts Training Program. She has taught at the Baltimore Opera Young Artist Program, University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Webster University in St. Louis, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Some of the companies Elizabeth has worked with include: The Metropolitan Opera (Where she has directed such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle, and Sherrill Milnes), Teatro Argentino, Boston Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Columbus, and Òpera de Puerto Rico, where she was Artistic Advisor for 5 years Read more…

Elizabeth Hastings Music Director

Hastings-frei_neu1Elizabeth Hastings, Music Director for the Tyrolean Opera Program, has had a diverse career as an accompanist, vocal coach, and conductor. She gained notice while working on the staff of Wolf Trap and Central City Opera, which led to her employment as Assistant Music Administrator for the Washington Opera [now the Washington National Opera] from 1986 to 1988, followed by two years as Music Administrator for the Opera Music Theatre Institute (OMTI) in Newark, founded by Jerome Hines. From 1996 to 1998 she headed the Apprentice Program of the Sarasota Opera Association and also served as Chorus Master for about a dozen productions. Read more…

Kim Josephson Voice teacher

kim_josephson_freiRichard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal got it exactly right in Ariadne auf Naxos when the composer sings ” Musik ist eine heilige Kunst”. Why? Because as we sing it,make it or listen to it, it takes us back to everything in us that we know is true! That’s what makes it a holy art and a healing art. When we take the time to create or recreate it we “find ourselves”. So yes, I look forward to coming back to Maurach to share my passion with our students and the community as we celebrate this extraordinary 10 year anniversary season. I never sang a lot of Mozart but I did sing Papageno with the great Jerome Hines. In fact, I was in a dress rehearsal of Magic Flute when my wife went into labor with my first son. I got the call and flew out of the rehearsal as only Papageno could to have my little Papageno. I look so forward to being back in the Tirol!!! Read more…

Dr. Helen Tintes-Schürmann Voice teacher

American contralto Helen Tintes-Schuermann is a singer-actress with broad experience in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater. She appears frequently in concert and recital with a focus on Spanish/Latin American music, German repertoire and works by century composers. Favorite opera roles include Carmen, Azucena (Il Trovatore), the 21st Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) and The Medium. Tintes- Schuermann’s European career highlights include performances with the Teatro del Gran Liceu (Barcelona), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Festival du Printemps (Monte Carlo), Staatstheater Kassel (Germany) and Theater a.d. Wien/Raimund Theater (Vienna).
In the USA she performs with numerous symphonies, arts series and opera companies, including the Augusta Symphony, USC Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, St. Petersburg Opera, Naples Bach Society and Light Opera Works (Chicago). Recent Austrian appearances include oratorio (Haydn, Mozart) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, opera at Schloss Porcia in Carinthia and concerts at the Schoenberg Center and Festsaal Wieden. She performs with Clasicos de Verano at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and continues to perform and teach with respected Spanish colleagues in Spain, Austria and the USA. Read more…Read more…

Julia Burghardt Dance & Movement

burghardt_julia_sw-288x300Julia Burghardt has been passionate about dancing since she was 7 years old. While she was still in school, she became a well-known competitor in Latin and Standard Dance, where she regularly placed in the top levels both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Julia was invited to be one of the professional dancers in Austria’s TV program, “Dancing Stars.” Read more…



Martina Mayer German Lessons & Administration

Mayer_freiMartina Mayer passed her degree in “Sports, Culture and Event Management” in September 2008. She organised for Da Capo Musikmarketing GmbH a tour around France and Belgium for a classical orchestra. Since February 2007 she is responsible for the administration of the Tyrolean Opera Program.

Beside TOP Opera she is head of Alumni & Career Services at the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein. She is an added skier and loves to hike in the “Wilder Kaisergebirge” – mountains behind Kufstein. She is mother of 3 kids at the age of 18, 20, 23.


Guest Faculty & Faculty

Oresta Cybriwsky

Vocal Coach

oresta_neu-287x300“She doesn’t play the piano” once said Gregg Smith, American composer and conductor of the renowned Gregg Smith Singers (GSS). “She makes music.” It is this deep reverence to Music as her highest artistic intention that has allowed Oresta Cybriwsky to unfold a rich and rewarding life deeply dedicated to self-expression through performing and recording, as well as to the encouragement of self-expression in others through teaching. www.oresta-cybriwsky.de. Read more…

Lynda Kemeny


lynda_kemeny_freiThe american soprano, Lynda Kemeny, has been enjoying a vast international career in Europe since 1987. After completing her Bachelors and Masters Degrees with concentrations in vocal performance, piano and dance, she studied voice in Chicago and New York. She belonged to a professional pantomime troup for two years. Upon winning 1st prize in the International Bel Canto vocal Competition in Chicago, she studied voice in Italy with Opera Diva Renate Tebaldi and world renowned tenor Carlo Bergonzi. In 1986 she participated as a soloist in the annual Metropolitan Opera Gala Ball. Read more…


Uwe Heil


Herr Heil lebt und arbeitet in Kufstein, Tirol, wo er an der Fachhochschule Kufstein als Professor für Marketing und Marktforschung tätig ist. Nach seinem Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Universität Augsburg arbeitete Herr Heil vier Jahre im Marketing der Firma Henkel in Düsseldorf und Hamburg, zuletzt im Produktmanagement für die Haarstylingmarke „Drei Wetter Taft“. Read more…

Barbara Daniels

Master Class

Barbara Daniels, soprano has performed around the world, most notably in Innsbruck, Cologne, Hamburg, Covent Garden, San Francisco and at Metropolitan opera. She resides in Fritzens has made numerous recordings. Famous for playing strong-willed and passionate operatic heroines – especially Minnie, the title character of Puccini’s
La Fanciulla del West – she has also graced the stage of the Tiroler Landestheater as the strong-willed and passionate heroines of classic musicals. In recent years, she has been a well-known and beloved voice teacher at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium

Antonia Klein

Singers Agent

antonia_klein A native of Munich, Antonia Klein is owner and principal of agentur klein since 2005. A trained singer, pianist and violinist, Ms. Klein studied music and history at the University of Vienna. She worked for ten years in administrative positions at various theaters in the German-speaking countries, including as head of artistic administration at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and as a senior manager at the Komischen Oper Berlin. She has also worked with the renowned concert producer Società del Quartetto in Milan, with Allied Artists in London, and with the European office of New York’s Pinnacle Arts.