Who We Are

Deborah Carmichael

Founder/Artistic Director
Libero Canto School of Singing

Photo by: Eileen Olivieri

Deborah Carmichael is the artistic director of the Libero Canto School of Singing and the holder of the Libero Canto Szamosi® trademark.  She studied singing with her teacher and mentor Edvin Szamosi.  Deborah received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Princeton University and a diploma in piano from the Mannes College of Music Extension Division.  In 1990, sponsored by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Deborah organized Edvin Szamosi’s first teaching course in New York City. Mr. Szamosi’s annual courses for singers and singing teachers continued until 2007.  In 2001, Deborah was the executive producer of the feature documentary film Libero Canto, Voice is Breath by award-winning director Andrea Simon.  Deborah was the founder of the Il Cuore Canta workshops and Young Artist Program, which took place from 2012 to 2015 in Upstate New York under the sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Deborah has been teaching singing since 1994 in New York City and in Vienna.  Since 2013, as La Compagnia Amarilli, Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési have given concerts in New York City, Vienna, Budapest, Pisa, and Florence, notably their storytelling concert, Non v’e rosa senza spine, directed by Beate Mathois, and the Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, which they performed in May 2019 with Orchestra Sinfonica Florentia, conducted by Valentino Zangara, at Basilica Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Kinga Cserjési

Associate Artistic Director
Libero Canto School of Singing

Photo by: Eileen Olivieri

Kinga Cserjési is the associate artistic director of the Libero Canto School of Singing and has been teaching singing in Budapest and New York City since 1999.  Kinga has a master’s degree in choir conducting and in the Kodály Method from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and a postgraduate degree in Early Vocal Music from the Brabants Conservatory in the Netherlands.  Kinga studied singing with Heent Prins and Edvin Szamosi.  From 2013 – 2015, she joined Deborah Carmichael as a teacher at the Il Cuore Canta workshops in Upstate New York.  Kinga has sung internationally both as a soloist and as a member of various choruses and vocal ensembles, including Gächinger Kantorei with conductor Helmuth Rilling; Ensemble Organum with Marcel Pérès; Ensemble Kantika with Kristin Hoefener; Pacific Music Festival with Nicholas McGegan; L.E.O. (Last Enjoyable Opera Theater) with director Stefan Fleischhacker.  Kinga has been a member of the Constellation Chor (artistic director Marisa Michelson) which premiered Ashley Fure’s work at Lincoln Center in 2018.  She sang with The River Voices (founder Nikolett Pankovits) at Carnegie Hall in 2019.  Kinga is one of the founding members of the Hungarian vocal ensemble, Bartók’s Roses and the ensemble Les Vagabondes.  In 2013, together with Deborah Carmichael, she founded the duo, La Compagnia Amarilli.

Eileen Olivieri

Media and Production Director

Photo by: Gabriella Marks

Eileen Olivieri works in film, video, installation, photography, and drawing. She is an alum of both Lewis and Clark College where she studied Anthropology/Sociology (BA), and Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University where she studied Visual Arts (MFA). Eileen’s directorial debut, “Ocean Keeper,” premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and on PBS/WNET, New York City in 2012. In 2014, Eileen was an associate producer for the feature documentary, “Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning,” by Dyanna Taylor. The film premiered nationally on American Masters and is presently touring the U.S. and Europe. Currently, she is developing the independent feature film “Mink River,” based on the original novel by Oregon writer, Brian Doyle. Eileen exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and in diverse venues such as the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, the historic Sacred Heart Mission Church in Ruidosa, TX, and the Stekkjarflot Nature Park in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a two-time recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation artist residency award and has received additional grants from the New Visions Film Program in New Mexico, The Idea Fund, and the U.S. Embassy Icelandic Art Exchange.  Eileen divides her time between New York City and Santa Fe, NM.