Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance, Music Performance

Vocal Studies

Soprano Maria Fortuna Dean has gained worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, in repertoire ranging from lyric soprano to dramatic coloratura roles. Engagements (under the name Maria Fortuna) have included Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opéra National de Bordeaux, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera and Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania; Violetta in La traviata with San Francisco Opera and Welsh National Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor with Hawaii Opera Theater and Austin Lyric Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania; Acis in Acis and Galatea with Spoleto, USA and Opera da Camera Linz, Austria; Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Long Beach Opera; Salud in La vida breve with Dallas Opera; Musetta in La bohème with San Francisco Opera and Florida Grand Opera; Sandrina in La finta giardiniera with Washington National Opera; Diana in La Calisto and VespinainL’infedelta delusa with Opera da Camera Linz; Queen Isabella in Christophe Colomb with San Francisco Opera; and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with New York City Opera.Her recordings include the Italienische Sängerin in San Francisco Opera’s production of Capriccio conducted by Donald Runnicles, released on DVD by KULTUR Video.

In concert, Dean has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, Sinfonia San Francisco, the Maui Symphony, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Bruckner Te deum with Riccardo Muti. She was featured alongside Marilyn Horne on the Live From Lincoln Center telecast of The Rossini Bicentennial Gala with Roger Norrington conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which was recorded and released on CD by Virgin Classics.

Fortuna Dean was born in Niagara Falls, NY. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music; she is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, where she was also an Adler Fellow. Ms. Fortuna Dean is the Director of Opera Studies at Pasadena City College and is Lecturer in Voice at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, she was a member of the voice faculties of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Carnegie Mellon University, and SUNY Fredonia. She is also currently on the voice faculty of The Chautauqua Institution.

Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Terence Blanchard
Professor and Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies; LA Phil Guest Artist
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Varty Manouelian
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Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Arturo O’Farrill
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sumner Arano
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Michael Dean
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Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Kenny Burrell
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Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Jan N. Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance

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