Theresa D'Aiuto Sokol
Teaching and directing are my passions. Nothing is more rewarding than helping singers expand their minds, talents, and skills, and imparting a depth of professional expertise to those who strive to excel. I offer personalized lessons for beginning through advanced levels aimed at improving areas of difficulty, and guiding students to advance to higher levels of understanding and artistic excellence. Contact me to see how I can be of service to you.
In a career spanning over forty years, Theresa D’Aiuto Sokol has received praise for her accomplishments as artist, teacher and stage director. An experienced opera singer, concert artist and recitalist, she has performed with symphonies, opera theaters and university recital series on three continents in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner as well as chamber music and art song spanning the early Baroque to Schönberg and beyond. Among her performance venues are The Verdi Opera in Trieste, Italy, Theater des Westens in Berlin, with German Stadttheaters in Krefeld, Munster, Karlsruhe, Wuppertal, Kassel, and in Graz, Ghent, New York, Yanji, China and throughout the eastern US. Directing activities include a decade as Opera Director at the University of South Florida where she staged two productions a year, including The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Tender Land and The Turn of the Screw and professional engagements staging works such as Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, Dido and Aeneas, Oklahoma, Music Man and Moon Over Buffalo. Her passion for teaching and stage directing has yielded a coterie of accomplished student artists, some of whom currently perform in Europe, at the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Chicago Lyric. Others have become exceptional educators, leading choral and theater programs and developing a new generation of singers and artists. Ms. Sokol graduated from Manhattanville College in New York and later received her Masters in Music Performance from the University of South Florida. Private post-graduate vocal study continued in New York City with Cynthia Hoffman of the Juilliard School and Giulio Gari of the Curtis Institute, as well as coaching with author and pianist Stanley Sonntag and conductors Jan Behr and Martin Rich of the Metropolitan Opera, and special programs at the Mannes School of Music and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.