ROMAN BORGMAN was a professional opera singer and instructor of staging, style and interpretation. He received a Master's Degree of Opera Performance from Bulgarian National Conservatory. He also was a soloist for many years in Stralsund Opera Theater in Germany.
Maestro Borgman helped many young artists bridge the gap between conventional voice education and the professional operatic stage. He prepared many for their professional careers in opera. It was of great importance to Roman that singers had opportunities to perform regularly and he was able to help a few young artists begin careers in Europe, as well.
Roman was Founder and Artistic Director of La Forza dell'Opera here in New York when he met his wife, Maryann Mootos.
Maryann Mootos, Founder and Artistic Director
MARYANN MOOTOS has received critical acclaim in numerous publications. Her rendition of the role of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was cited in The Opera Insider blogspot.com as having “carried the show… Her high notes spun perfectly and the famous letter scene was absolutely stunning.” Described by the New York Concert Review as being “impressive, with a full bodied voice” and having “dreamily soft high notes,” Maryann has sung many leading roles including Micaela, Donna Anna, Marguerite, Tosca, Mimi, Cio-Cio San, Nedda, Violetta, Giorgetta, Suor Angelica and Rosalinda with opera companies throughout the United States that include the Miami Lyric Opera, the Bel Cantanti Opera, the Delaware Valley Opera, the Regina Opera and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Maryann performed as a Finalist in the 2012 Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall. Equally at home on the concert stage, Maryann has appeared in numerous concerts and vocal chamber music ensembles spanning repertoire from early music to contemporary.
A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, she holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Temple University.
Eric Sedgwick, Music Director and Conductor
ERIC SEDGWICK is a pianist and vocal coach based in New York City. As an accompanist he has performed in concert with some of some of music’s biggest talents, including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice and Carole Demas, Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He is currently on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is also the music director for the Junior Opera Theater directed by Catherine Malfitano. On the west coast he frequently coaches and music directs productions for the cutting-edge OperaWorks training program in Los
Angeles. He also recently appeared on an episode of the PBS program “The Heart of Art.”
Mr. Sedgwick is the official pianist for the Art Song Preservation Society, a group whose regular masterclass series has included Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Grubb, Margaret Lattimore and Carol Kimball. He has performed and worked with Opera Singers Initiatives, SongFusion, and The International Vocal Arts Institute. He has also served for several years as pianist for the Stonewall Chorale in New York and for the Broadway Concerts Direct concert series in upstate NY. In the cabaret world he has performed shows at The Metropolitan Room, 54 Below, Birdland and Don’t Tell Mama’s. He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, he holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Brown University.