Assistant Professor Jon Petersen studied at the Eastern Norway Music Conservatory in Oslo, and has worked in the field of opera education since 1977. During his student days, Mr Petersen became interested in the interaction between lyrics and music, and the focus of his work has been on the Lied and opera in particular. He also worked for several periods at the Norwegian Opera, and has performed a varied repertoire with Norwegian and international singers and a number of opera ensembles in Norway. He has been a visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and Internazionales Studienzentrum in Austria, with Italian opera as his main focus. In addition to working with the Academy’s conductors, he has served as assistant to Alberto Zedda, Lamberto Gardelli and Zubin Mehta, among others. He has also served as the study coordinator, vice-dean and dean of the Academy of Opera in various periods.