Please take a moment to read a bit more about the wonderful faculty who work with our participants. We pride ourselves on having a varied and diverse group of faculty members who are able to offer invaluable insights drawn from their own personal and professional experiences.
Dr. Louisa Panou
Founder of Operafestival di Roma, Dr. Louisa Panou passed away in her home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on January 16, 2006. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Please click here for our memorial page dedicated to Louisa.
Dr. Anthony Offerle
Managing Artistic Director
Dr. Offerle is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with Carl Gerbrandt and Thomas Poole and a Dieterle Scholarship recipient at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Andrew White. He is an active performer having sung with Cincinnati Opera, Columbia Symphony, Dayton Opera, Detroit Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has performed numerous roles throughout the world in the operatic, oratorio and musical theatre repertoire. He has twice been a Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and was one of only ten Americans selected to compete in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition. Dr. Offerle teaches voice and is director of the opera program at the University of Florida-School of Music.
Dr. William Welty
Dr. Welty is a former Associate Dean of the Graduate Business Program at Pace University in New York City where he was for many years the Director of Executive Programs. He is now Professor Emeritus of Management at Pace University. A nationally known expert in case method teaching and environmental aspects of management, Dr. Welty is responsible for the administrative aspects of Operafestival di Roma and offers direction to participants interested in arts management.
Mr. Peter Atherton
Bass-baritone Peter Atherton has had the joy of performing over forty roles ranging from Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea to Frederick in A Little Night Music. His operatic credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, Virginia Opera, San Francisco Opera Touring Division, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera, as well as Operafestival di Roma. He has also performed six different roles in the Phantom of the Opera in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Juilliard School of Music, Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. Currently he is Director of Operatic Studies and Professor of Voice at Chapman University.
Mr. Austin Gresham
Austin Gresham is from Gainesville, FL, where he received his BFA in Production Design from the University of Florida. He then went on to achieve his MFA in Stage Management from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He worked for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Cedar Point Entertainment before returning to Florida. Austin was the Production Stage Manager at Santa Fe College’s Fine Arts Hall for 3 years, where he also taught Stage Craft. Austin is currently the Company Manager at the University of Florida’s School of Theatre and Dance, and works closely with the opera program at the School of Music. In addition to working at the University, he also works with a premier event company, Keith Watson Events. Austin was the Production Stage Manager for Operafestival di Roma in 2012. His more-recent opera credits include Production Stage Manager for The Red Silk Thread and The Phantom of the Opera.
Dr. Todd Queen
Dr. Queen received his MM and DMA from Eastman School of Music and his BM from Brigham Young University. A tenor, he has sung with Lyric Opera of the West, Sacramento Opera, Opera Fort Collins, the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently Artistic Director of Opera Fort Collins and is an Associate Professor of Voice at Colorado State University.
Dr. Maryann Kyle
Dr. Kyle has sung leading roles with the Chattanooga Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Mississippi Opera the Southern Arts Festival Opera, the University of Illinois, East Tennessee Opera, LSU Opera, and Gulf Coast Opera. She has also sung the role of Micaela opposite internationally known mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves and tenor, Carl Tanner, and as a guest soloist of the Miami Festival opposite famed bass-baritone William Warfield. Her major opera roles have included Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Mrs. Ford in Falstaff, the Countess and Susannah in Le nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, Musetta and Mimi in La Boheme, the title role in Floyd’s Susannah. Dr. Kyle’s involvement in collaborative efforts includes her continuing relationship with the Mississippi Arts Commission as a touring artist. Kyle and pianist Theresa Sanchez make up the duo Bellescanto and perform throughout the year presenting recitals and educational outreach performances. She is also actively involved in the professional vocal group known as the Mississippi Vocal Arts Quartet. Dr. Kyle is currently Director of Southern Opera and Music Theatre Company’s Outreach and Workshop program and AssociatePprofessor of voice at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, she is the director of the apprentice artist program with Mississippi Opera. Dr. Kyle is a much sought after coach and teacher whose students are actively involved in performance of both opera and musical theatre, and have garnered numerous awards including state and regional Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winners, Birmingham and Lynam opera competition finalists, NATS regional and state award winners, NATS Governor’s Award winners, apprenticeships with Seattle Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Aspen Festival, and Operafestival di Roma. Her students continue to pursue their studies in major conservatories and schools including, Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Oklahoma City University.
Ms. Stacey Galloway
Stacey Galloway is Associate Professor of Costume Technology/Design at University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. She joined the faculty at UF following a free-lance career in New York and the northeast where she worked as a costume designer, design assistant, technician and shop manager at on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional shows at theatres such as Playwright’s Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory and Long Wharf Theatre. She teaches a variety of courses in the area of costume design and technology, as well as supervising the production of costumes for the academic season of performances. Stacey is a member of USA Local 829 and received her MFA in Costume Design from West Virginia University.