AAMA 2020 in Austria

July 10 - August 10 


Voice and Stage Direction

William Lewis, FAVA President

FAVA President William Lewis was a heralded leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1957 to 1992. Renowned internationally at Teatro alla Scala, Milano; Royal Opera Covent Garden, London; Vienna Staatsoper; Hamburg Staatsoper; Opera de Paris; San Francisco Opera; and the festivals at: Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto Italy, Spoleto USA, Wexford, Ireland and Amsterdam.


He is a distinguished professor of the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas and the president of FAVA.

William Lewis was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France.


For more information, please visit WILLIAMLEWISTENOR.NET

Dr John McGuire, Tenor and Stage Director

Dr. John A. McGuire is an active teacher, director and performer. Dr. McGuire has been on the faculty of the William Lewis School of Opera as an Opera Director and Professor of Applied Voice in both France and Austria. Directing credits include, Les Contes D’Hoffmann, La belle Hélène, La Périchole, Leçons de Francais Au Étudiants Américains, The Impresario, and Le Nozze di Figaro. John has performed with several opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently he performed the role of Emperor Altoum in Virginia Opera’s production of Turandot. Some of his other leading operatic roles include Tamino, The Magic Flute, Idomeneo, Idomeneo, Sultan, Zaide, Pedrillo, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Lippo, Street Scene, Martin, The Tender Land, Ferrando, Così fan tutte, Don José, Carmen, and Rodolfo, La Bohème. Dr. McGuire is on the music faculty of Christopher Newport University (CNU) as an Assistant Professor of Voice and the Director of Opera CNU. Operas he has directed for Opera CNU include Die Fledermaus, The Old Maid and the Thief, Così fan tutte, The Whole Truth and Gianni Schicchi. Dr. McGuire is also a member of CNU’s Torggler Summer Vocal Institute faculty where he conducts Master Classes, Private Lessons and presents an Opera Workshop seminar. He has taught voice at the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, and maintains a private voice studio.

Master Class Guests

Manfred Mayhofer, Conductor

Austrian conductor Manfred Mayrhofer is one of the most revered maestri in the Concert/Opera field in present times. He has demonstrated his master skills, conducting such prestigious orchestras as: Bruckner Orchestra Linz (Chief Resident Conductor), Volksoper Vienna, Cologne Opera, Landestheater Linz, Opera Heidelberg; and the almost too numerous to mention opera companies of Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Braunschweig. Internationally he has conducted in Philadelphia, Tirana, Oslo, Tokyo, Athens and Kopenhagen. Foremost is his expertise in the works of Mozart, Strauss and Wagner. His is a golden musical reputation!

Sylvia Stone, Mezzo-soprano

Sylvia Stone is a Professor of Voice (Mezzo-soprano) at University of Illinois. After making her professional debut in Germany in the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Professor Stone made her home in that country. She was the leading mezzo-soprano with the opera companies of Lübeck, Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. She guested in opera and concert in Stuttgart, Cologne, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hamburg, Berlin, Kiel, and other German cities. Additional engagements took her to cities in Holland, Switzerland, and Iceland. Her wide operatic repertoire includes the roles of Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, the lead roles in Bizet's Carmen and Gluck's Orfeo, Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, The Composer in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, and Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore