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Nicolò Sbuelz

Nicolò Sbuelz is an opera pianist, coach, and assistant conductor from Udine, Italy. He joined the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2021 as Italian diction coach and Staff Music Coach for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He has worked as an assistant conductor, diction coach, prompter, répétiteur, and chorus master with internationally acclaimed opera houses and festivals such as Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy), Opéra National de Lyon (Lyon, France), Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Nederland), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria), Co-Opera Co. (London, United Kingdom), Houston Grand Opera, Charleston Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera. Currently, he is regularly invited to serve on the music staff of Opera Theater of Saint Louis and Wolf Trap Opera, where he has been the Italian consultant and coach since 2017.


A devoted educator, Mr. Sbuelz teaches classes in Italian diction and vocal literature at both Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.


Mr. Sbuelz is a graduate of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, where he trained under the supervision of Enza Ferrari, Dante Mazzola, Vincenzo Scalera, and James Vaughn. He received undergraduate degrees in piano and composition from the Conservatorio “G. Tartini” in Trieste, Italy, as well as a Master’s degree in musicology with a concentration in “Aesthetics and the Cross-Cultural Reception of Music and Languages” from the University of Pavia. In the United States, Mr. Sbuelz was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia, a Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival as well as an Apprentice Coach with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco.