Mary Dibbern
Most Recent Book Title
Massenet: General Catalogue of Works
Book Description
A bi-lingual (French-English) catalogue of the works of the French composer Jules Massenet, written in collaboration with the French musicologist Hervé Oléon with a Preface by Anne Massenet.
Additional Book Titles
Massenet and His Letters: A New Biography by Anne Massenet, translated from the French by Mary Dibbern
Carmen: A Performance Guide
Tales of Hoffmann: A Performance Guide
Werther: A Performance Guide
Manon: A Performance Guide
Faust/Roméo et Juliette: Two Performance Guides
Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney: A Guide for Study and Performance
Location (city/state/country)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Author bio
Mary Dibbern is a classically trained pianist with extended experience in vocal collaboration. She has taught as a guest lecturer at universities, colleges, and for young artist programs in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She is currently Music Director of Education for the The Dallas Opera. She is studying at the University of Texas at Dallas for a PhD in Humanities with an emphasis on translation studies. Her interest in French language and music led her to study and work in Paris where she lived for thirty-one years. She has worked internationally as a recital accompanist, vocal coach, master class teacher, recording artist and lecturer. She has a special interest in working with emerging singers and pianists to help them make the transition from higher education studies to professional music careers. Mary has collaborated with publishers to create editions of unknown French vocal and chamber music. She has translated both study and performing versions of French, German and Italian opera librettos, as well as French writings in musicology.
Professional Speaker Topics
"Poetry to Music: Art songs as musical framework for poetry" (University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate Translation Conference, May 27, 2017)
Introductory lectures on French operas and French composers (The Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Minnesota Opera, numerous lectures given from 2009 - present)
Introducing the songs of Jacques Leguerney (given for university students and professors)
Translating the Opera Libretto
Understanding French Music
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

When you can't hunt with a dog, use a cat.

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