Bel Canto Institute
Artistic and Executive Director
Administrative Director
Board of Directors
John H. Haley
Mark Elyn
Vice President
Jane Upton
Fran Marley Feinberg
Karl Firmbach
David Holloway
Elena Ilyin
Rolf Liebergesell*
Lena Marley *
Celeste Simone
* In memoriam
Advisory Committee
Licia Albanese
John Ardoin*
Roberto Benaglio*
Karen Clauss Cooper
Ellen Faull*
Judith Haddon
Håkan Hagegård
Barbara Hocher
Dimitri Kavrakos
Alfredo Kraus*
David Lloyd*
Anna Moffo*
Edoardo Müller
Leo Nucci
Paul Plishka
Nicola Rescigno
Gianna Rolandi
Lee Schaenen*
Frederica von Stade
Deborah Voigt
Ruth Welting*
* In memoriam

In memory of
Luigi Ricci
Luigi Ricci and Jane Bakken Klaviter
LUIGI RICCI worked with Puccini for eight years and with Mascagni for thirty-four while an Assistant Conductor with the Royal Opera House in Rome. Other composers with whom he was associated include Respighi, Giordano, Zandonai, Henze, Pizzetti. Among the many great conductors with whom he worked were Marinuzzi, Gui, Panizza, Serafin, De Sabata; singers Ezio Pinza, Toti dal Monte, Maria Caniglia, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Tito Gobbi, Magda Olivero, Fyodor Chaliapin, to name but a few. He was coach, accompanist, and close friend to Beniamino Gigli. The late Maestro was the author of a collection of four volumes of Variations, Cadenzas, and Traditions and two books (Puccini Interprete da Se Stesso and 31 Anni con Pietro Mascagni); he collaborated on the musical direction of forty-two films and numerous recordings with RCA. As a twelve-year-old, Ricci started accompanying voice lessons given by the famous baritone Antonio Cotogni, who had performed several of Verdi's operas under the composer's supervision. At this early age, Ricci began taking meticulous notes on traditions which Cotogni was passing on to him from his own work with 19th Century composers and conductors. Ricci continued such copious note taking throughout his life, thus amassing a rare notated collection of traditions. He was Ms. Klaviter's mentor and friend from 1974 until his death in 1981 at the age of eighty-eight. This long association makes Ms. Klaviter an important link in the nearly extinct chain of the verbal history of tradition. It is in memory of her beloved friend and teacher that she has dedicated Bel Canto Institute.