Doug Han joins the Mediterranean Opera Festival with extensive experience in the performance-based and pedagogical aspects of today’s classical music world. Initially trained as a vocal coach / pianist and linguist, he has fulfilled coaching residencies with Festival Bel Canto, a groundbreaking partnership between the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Rome’s historic Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the artistic direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, for which he prepared concert productions of Bellini’s Norma, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and La Sonnambula, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Yevgheni Onyeghin; the Daltrocanto Association’s training program at Ortona’s Teatro Tosti; and Opera Africa (Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa). Highlights of recent seasons include preparing and presenting the US premiere of Giovanni Pacini’s long-unheard 1851 opera Malvina di Scozia, in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Vertical Player Repertory Opera, and serving as guest rehearsal prompter for Il barbiere di Siviglia with Staatsoper Hamburg, under the baton of Maestro Carlo Rizzari.
Doug also assisted the late Kämmersängerin Evelyn Lear with the aspiring Wagnerians from her Emerging Singers Program, in partnership with the Wagner Society of Washington DC, and assisted his own mentor, the late Barbara Conrad, with the aspiring dramatic voices of her own Wagner Theatre Program. He has played masterclasses for such master teachers as Grammy Award-winning artists June Anderson, Jennifer Larmore, and Frederica von Stade, conductors Steven White (Metropolitan Opera) and Massimiliano Murrali (Bayerische Staatsoper), and preeminent musicologist Bruno Cagli (Rossini Opera Festival / Parma Verdi Festival / Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia).