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 Trimble Vocal Institute



"...Judging from the enthusiasm of opera lovers last night at the second production of the Opera Piccola! series at the Naples Philharmonic Center, Naples might prove to be an ideal place for an American version of England's Glyndebourne ... The performances throughout the evening were on a very high level... Under the direction of opera coach Michael Trimble, the format of the program, with charming commentary about  the verismo operas on the program, was ideal for those who prefer their opera in concert form... it was a fine night for singing!"

- Naples Daily News 


Michael Trimble won both the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the American Opera Auditions in 1963 and made his debut in Milan at the Teatro Nuovo as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca.  He studied voice with Mack Harrell and Olga Ryss.  He has sung over 60 leading tenor roles of the Italian, French and German repertoire throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Mr. Trimble performed with such celebrated conductors as Karl Bohm, Christoph Dohnanyi, Charles Mackerras, Nello Santi, Ferdinand Leitner, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Karl Richter.  Mr. Trimble served as Chairman of Vocal and Choral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music; Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Texas at Austin; Guest Professor at University of Miami; and as a member of the voice faculty of the Aspen Music Festival for over 25 years, Mr. Trimble created and directed the Aspen Vocal Institute.  In 1990, Opera America recognized Mr. Trimble as the leading authority in the vocal training and development of young singers.  In 1992, Mr. Trimble formally established the Trimble Vocal Institute, consolidating under one roof his innovative development and performance programs, and his professional voice studio. Opera Piccola!, the performance division of the Trimble Vocal Institute, met with extraordinary success during the 1996/97/98 Naples, Florida  Philharmonic Center Season with a concert series of Opera and Musical Theatre Highlights.  Mr. Trimble is recognized internationally as an Artist Teacher and repertory coach and, despite his attempts to retire, still maintains an active voice studio and vocal consultation service.  His students are singing in opera houses throughout the world. 


The Trimble Vocal Institute is thriving on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where Mr. Trimble and his wife, Cantor Pamela Trimble, relocated in May 2001.

Mr. Trimble's article, "Breathmaster:  An Insight into the Biomechanics of Great Singing
is published in the Journal of Synagogue Music; Copyright Fall 2010 ; volume 35; 
ISSN 0049-5128.     Download Journal here and scroll down to pgs. 188-210 


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