Bel Canto Institute
Bel Canto Institute, founded in 1987 by Metropolitan Opera Prompter and Assistant Conductor Jane Bakken Klaviter, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to perpetuate, teach and keep alive style and tradition in 19th and 20th Century Italian opera. These goals are achieved through a Summer Program and Youth Division Summer Program for singers and coaches where they are immersed in the study of style and tradition by means of performance classes, private coachings, private voice lessons, Italian language classes, and performances. Florence, the heart of Italy's Tuscany region, is the setting for this program which is dedicated to the late Maestro Luigi Ricci, Ms. Klaviter’s long time mentor and friend.
Jane Bakken Klaviter
Artistic and Executive Director
Karen Kelso
Administrative Director
Board of Directors
John H. Haley

Mark Elyn
Vice President
Jane Upton
Fran Marley Feinberg Karl Firmbach David Holloway Elena Ilyin
  Lena Marley*
* In memoriam

Advisory Committee

Licia Albanese*
John Ardoin*
Roberto Benaglio*
Ellen Faull*
Judith Haddon Håkan Hagegård
Barbara Hocher
Dimitri Kavrakos
Alfredo Kraus*
David Lloyd*
Anna Moffo*
Edoardo Müller
Leo Nucci
Deborah Voigt
Paul Plishka
Nicola Rescigno*
Gianna Rolandi
Lee Schaenen*
Frederica von Stade
* In memoriam
Leonardo De Lisi
Nicoletta Maggino
Andrea Secchi
Eva Hess Thaysen

Past Lecturers
John Alcorn
John Ardoin*
William Ashbrook
Victor Callegari
Corradina Caporello
Dr. Youngnan Jenny Cho
John Frederick Cone
Robert Friedman
Philip Gossett
Henry J. Grossi*
John H. Haley
Stephen Herx*
Dr. Anthony F. Jahn
Harry Jensen
Luke Jensen
E.J. Johnson
Jane Bakken Klaviter
Mary Jane Philips-Matz
Joseph Rescigno Richard Woitach Tomer Zvulun  
* In memoriam

Licia Albanese*
Risë Stevens*