Mary Dibbern, Music Director of Education and Family Programs at The Dallas Opera, and adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas has created a Performance Guide for Massenet’s opera “Werther.” Her sixth contribution to the Vox Musicae series presents a word-by-word translation and IPA transcription of the French libretto, and traces its development from the short novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Goethe. Additional insights into aspects of producing “Werther” are given in essays by tenor James Valenti, conductor Christoph Campestrini and stage director Kevin Newbury. Original illustrations have been created by artist Mike Reed. This well-rounded volume is designed for use by singers, vocal coaches, conductors, producers and directors, as well as opera-lovers.
April 8, 2013
A music director at the Dallas Opera, Dibbern (French diction, U. of North Texas) presents a word-by-word English translation, a translation into the International Phonetic Alphabet, and annotated guide to the libretto of French composer Jules Massenet's 1892 French opera Werther, based on Johann Goethe's 1774 famous German short story "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" about an unhappy young poet. She mentions literary and historical aspects when necessary, but focuses on providing guidance for performing the opera. There is no index.
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Mary Dibbern: Mary Dibbern joined The Dallas Opera as Music Director for Education and Family
Programming in June 2012. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of North
Texas, where she teaches French Diction for singers. 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.