Joined The Dallas Opera as Music Director for Education and Family
Programming in June 2012. She is an internationally known
specialist in the field of vocal coaching and recital accompaniment, with appearances in
Europe, the United States and Asia. Dibbern was graduated summa cum laude from
SMU with a Master of Music in accompaniment under the direction of Maestro Paul
Vellucci. She resided in France from 1978 to 2009, where she studied with Nadia
Boulanger and Pierre Bernac and was guest coach for the Opéra National de Paris, and
all of the major French opera companies. She also worked in Switzerland, Portugal,
Lithuania, Latvia, and in Shanghai where she was in charge of musical and language
preparation for the first French-language productions. In the US, she was guest coach at
Seattle Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Memphis
and Hawai'i Opera Theatre. She was Head of Music at Minnesota Opera for three
seasons, where she collaborated closely with composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark
Campbell on their world premiere "Silent Night" which subsequently won the Pulitzer
Price for Music 2012. Mary Dibbern is the author of seven books on French music
published by Pendragon Press and is the Editorial Consultant for Musik Fabrik's
publications of works by French composer Jacques Leguerney She is a recording artist
for Harmonia Mundi France, Claves and Maguelone.
Emerita Professor of Voice and Barrick Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Carol Kimball is the author of Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature, a widely used text and reference that has become the principal one-volume American source on the topic. She is the co-author of Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney (Pendragon Press), and is the editor of The French Anthology; Women Composers: A Heritage of Song; and Art Song in English: 50 Songs by 21 American and British Composers, all publications of Hal Leonard Corporation.
As a performer, Carol Kimball earned a reputation as an expressive and versatile performer in concerts, opera, and musical theater. A specialist in French repertoire, she has studied and coached with Pierre Bernac, Gérard Souzay, Martial Singher, Dalton Baldwin, and Thomas Grubb.
In 2006, Carol Kimball’s advocacy for classical song was recognized by her appointment to the Board of Advisors of The Lotte Lehmann Foundation. For her accomplishments in and for the arts, she was awarded the 1992 Nevada Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts.
In July 2010, Dr. Kimball was a featured presenter at the national conference of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Salt Lake City.