Artistic Staff

Sophie Louise Roland, General Director
(Chair, Music Performance Studies, Western University)

Simone Luti, Artistic and Musical Director
(Conductor and Coach)


James Conway (General Director of English Touring Opera)

Mariano Furlani (Stage Director)

Jonathan Peter Kenny (Conductor, Countertenor)

Enza Ferrari (Coach, Accademia Teatro alla Scala)

James Vaughan (Head Coach, Teatro alla Scala, Milano)


pic5Hailed for her “excellence, purity of voice and emotional intensity”, Sophie Louise Roland recently sang the roles of Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Æneas and as Storge in Handel’s Jeptha with American Opera Theater (Baltimore, MD), Carmen and Suzuki with Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Orchestra London, Maddelena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Opera York (Ontario), Madama Butterfly’s Suzuki for Pellegrini Opera (Ottawa), Madonna Capuleti and Tebaldo in the International Opera Theater’s world premiere of Romeo e Giulietta in Città della Pieve (Italy), Carmen with both American Opera Theater and Opera Lirica Italiana, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Brasov, as well as the title role in Carmen with both Janiec Opera Company and Indiana University Opera Theater.


pic5A native of Lucca, Tuscany, orchestral conductor and pianist, Simone Luti is quickly gaining recognition and acclaim for his musical instincts and sensitivity on the podium and at the keyboard.  He has conducted on the podiums for such organizations as  The Musical Festival in Ticino Locarno, Switzerland, in Albania at the Opera Theatre in Tirana, the Symphony Orchestra of Bacau, Romania, and the International Opera Theatre of Philadelphia (in Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Città della Pieve; Teatro Mancinelli, Orvieto; and The University of Performing Arts, Philadelphia).  At the keyboard, Mr. Luti has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist in recitals, opera galas, and chamber groups for theatres and musical institutes throughout Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium, playing. Of note was his debut at the Lucerne Festival playing for soprano Irina Lungu.


pic5General Director of ETO, James Conway has directed 23 new productions and 4 revivals for the company, including Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena and, most recently, the critically-acclaimed Xerxes (Handel), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Simon Boccanegra (Verdi) and The Emperor of Atlantis (Ullmann). In 2010, he directed the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera, Promised End. His ETO production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2004, and revived in 2010) was nominated for an RPS award. He has written original libretti for two operas and translations for four others, as well as several works of fiction; his most recent translation is this season's Agrippina.


pic5Enza Ferrari was born in Milan where, at age fifteen, she received her Diploma in Piano Studies from the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory. She graduated in Composition from the same institution a few years later. She has also studied Orchestral Direction under the mentorship of Maestro Antonino Votto. She received five grants from the City of Milan and three other endowments from the Project "Vacanze Musicali" in Venice. She worked as Assistant Instructor for Professor Maria Carbone in Vocal studies at the same "Verdi" Conservatory and at the Liceo Musicale "Viotti" in Vercelli. In 1959 Ferrari received the "Giovani Concertisti" Prize in Riva del Garda. From 1966 to 1970 she was the Substitute Maestro at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. She was the official piano accompanist of the National Award for cello and violin "Vittorio Veneto" from the year of its founding till 1982. From 1971 to 1998 she was the primary piano accompanist of International Singing Competition "Toti Dal Monte" of Teatro Comunale of Treviso, and coordinated the "Bottega" project that was directed by Maestro Peter Maag. During the past twenty years she has collaborated with important Italian singing contests, such as Adria, Siena, Vercelli, Gorizia, plus the International Chamber Music Prize of Conegliano Veneto. Ferrari taught in Saint Vincent during the summer sessions of the "Vacanze Musicali," and as Opera instructor for the Tuscan city of Barga. From 1970 to 1974 she taught in Milan at the Training Center of the Teatro Alla Scala, and piano studies at the Scuola Civica di Musica (till 1975). After that engagement she collaborated with the "Benedetto Marcello" Conservatory of Music in Venice. She has coordinated and taught the Summer Program for young American singers organized by the EPCASO Foundation in collaboration with Pittsburgh Duquesne University. In 1987 she was on the judging committee for the prizes "Citta' di Porcia" for young performers, and the "Citta' di Treviso" for piano performance. Enza Ferrari taught in various American colleges and has collaborated with important Italian theaters, especially the Teatro Comunale of Florence and the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. From 1977 to 2006 she is the Artistic Director of the "Manzato" Musical Institute of Treviso. In 1992 she directed a proficiency course on Italian Lyrical Opera Repertoire in Japan. On behalf of CIDIM she supervised the performance of the "Farse Rossiniane" staged by the National Theater of Prague. From 1994 to 1999 she collaborated with the Sao Carlo Theater of Lisbon and the Macau International Music Festival. Since 2000 she has been the consultant at the Institute of Chinese Culture in Macau for the organization of the Music Festival. Since 1993 she has been work with the Hong Kong University for Performing Arts. Between 1995 and 2001 she taught classes at the Lyrical and Choral Academy of the City of Osimo, Italy. From 1993 to 1995 she served as Artistic Director for the Teatro Comunale "Giuseppe Verdi" of Lonigo, and collaborated with the Slovenian National Theaters of Lubjana and Maribor. Since 1999 she coached interpretation and vocal technique in New York, and courses in performance of Italian lyrical repertoire in Madrid. In 2002 she was chosen by the Real Theater in Madrid as consultant for all Italian repertoire productions. In the 2005 she is back at the Accademy of La Scala Opera House to teach the Italian repertoire at the young pianists of the Academy. Since the 2010 she works with the Oficina de Música de Curitiba and with the Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati Her work and performances have been broadcasted and documented by radio and television stations in Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. She participated at numerous Festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Holland, Macau, and Italy (Estati Musicali di Verona, Fiesole, Citta' di Castello, Valle d'Itria, and several others). She works with publishing houses and record labels such as Curci, Fabbri, Ensayo, Rivo Alto, and others. She collaborated and accompanied on piano singers like Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Renato Capecchi, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Bianca Maria Casoni, Ghena Dimitrova, Nicola Martinucci, Maria Chiara, Maria Luisa Nave, Alfredo Mariotti, Vincenzo Bello, Gianfranco Cecchele, Beniamino Prior, Giovanni Furlanetto, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Giorgio Surian, Walter Fraccaro,Young Ok Shin, Vivica Genaux,and among the upcoming new talents, Inna Dukach, Adina Aaron, Elisabetta Farris.

pic5Stage Director of opera, theatre and events, Teacher in directing and acting at Schools and Academies in Italy, Mariano Furlani is Artistic Director of  Estate Fiesolana (1999/2003), Artistic Director of OperaFestival - Opera Festival at Palazzo Pitti in Florence (2004/2007). As an opera and theatre director has worked in many theaters (Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Verona Arena, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Taormina Festival, OperaFestival of Florence, Saint Galgano Abbey in Siena Teatro Nacional de La Havana, Theatre stabile of Verona, the Teatro Sociale in Trento, Milan Teatro Litta), he directed major sporting events (tour Dubai 2014 opening ceremony) and special projects such as Il Tempo delle donne (RCS live, Piccolo Teatro and Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan ); President of the National Competition  Stage Director Fantasio Piccoli Trento and consultant casting for Romeo and Juliet Richard Cocciante. Professor of Theory and technique of Communications (University of Padova, Quoa Altavilla, Master of Cultural Heritage Region of Sardinia, EU). Consultant and trainer for Institutions and business companies.Film and theater critic for Duellanti, Controcanto, playwrighter for AterBalletto. Founder and Headmaster of  Lab121, training, acting center and theater productions in Milan.