Preliminary Auditions

The Jury will be selected by the Artistic Direction of each theatre where the auditions are held.


Víctor Garcia de Gomar

Artistic Director, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

Víctor Garcia de Gomar (Barcelona, 1975) serves as the artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He has held the position since September 2019.

He finished his higher education studies in vocal performance (baritone) and piano at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu. He earned an Honourable Mention from the Conservatory. His training is rounded out with studies in law at the Pompeu Fabra University, a postgraduate degree in institutional, corporate and cultural platform administration and management at the Pompeu Fabra University (1999-2000), a General Management Programme at IESE (2015-2016), as well as studies at the Kellogg School of Management (2018) and the Harvard Business School (2019). 

His experience in the public and private sector has allowed him to combine different projects with a meritorious and recognized contribution to the improvement of the entity: the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Auditori de Girona, the Festival Nits de Clàssica de Girona, the Baroque Orchestra de Sevilla, the Music Service of the ”la Caixa” Foundation.

Throughout his career he has developed multiple cultural projects: in Girona, being the director of the Nits de Clàssica Festival, musical programmer at the Auditori Palau de Congressos and director of the Festevial Músiques Religioses i del Món. He also works in the management of the Seville Baroque Orchestra and being part of projects such as the Barcelona Antiga Music Festival, the UNESCO General Council of Music in Spain and the music department of "la Caixa".


Rockwell Blake


Rockwell Blake, tenor

Rockwell Blake, hailed in the opera world as “the wide-ranging, high flying, heroic-coloratura tenor phenomenon we have been waiting for since the Ottocento revival began, graced all the important stages throughout the world for 30 years with his astonishing range, vocal flexibility and ironclad technique.  As the number one exponent of Rossini’s tenor roles he helped restore many long-forgotten masterpieces of Rossini, Meyerbeer, Bellini, Donizetti, and Mozart to their original splendor.

Today Mr. Blake teaches an international group of students the art of singing at his private voice studio.  Most recently Blake re-published volume 1 of Manuel Garcia’s famous A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing in an English translation. Garcia’s work is considered by many (including Blake) as the “Bible” of vocal technique and interpretation because of the way he combined the bel canto traditions with scientific research. Garcia’s profound knowledge of mid-nineteenth century vocal performance practices consistently produced students of the highest level of artistry and skill and it is unlikely that any other teacher of singing has ever produced such an unbroken stream of major singing talents.  Volume 2, devoted to interpretation is to be published this year.

Alessandro Galoppini

Casting Manager, Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Graduated with honors in choral music, choir and organ conducting under the guidance of Maestro Sergio Marcianò, he continued his composition studies with Maestro Carlo Mosso. He has carried out an intense concert activity as solo accompanist and conductor, working in numerous Italian theaters. For the last twenty years he has collaborated with the Teatro Regio in Turin, where he worked as master collaborator, hall, prompter, stage musical director and head of the orchestra, till becoming Artistic Director in 2009. He was assistant to important conductors in Teatro Regio seasons and has conducted there "Il matrimonio segreto", "The Barber of Seville" and "La Bohème". His compositions are published by the Carrara Editions. Since 2000 he teaches Music Theory at the Turin Conservatory.

Dame Gwyneth Jones


Dame Gwyneth Jones, soprano

She has sung regularly in all the important opera houses, festivals and concert halls throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, La Scala, Barcelona, The Met, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Peking, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bayreuth, Salzburg, Verona, Orange and Edinburgh. Her vast repertoire includes: Senta, Sieglinde, Eva, Elisabeth, Venus, Kundry, Brünnhilde, Isolde, Ortrud. Octavian, Marschallin, Ägyptische Helena, Ariadne, Salome, Herodias, Färberin, Chrysothemis, Elektra, Klytämnestra, Amelia, Leonora, Desdemona, Aida, Elisabetta, Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Minnie, Donna Anna, Poppea, Medea, Santuzza, La Voix Humaine, Erwartung, Kostelnicka, Kabanicha, Weill’s Begbick, Merry Widow and the Countess in the Queen of Spades.

She has received many honours in recognition of her accomplishments, including Dame Commander of the British Empire, Shakespeare-Prize Hamburg, Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse Germany, Kammersängerin Bavaria and Austria, Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Kunst 1. Klasse, Honorary Member Vienna State Opera, Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Premio Puccini, Dr. h.c. Universities of Wales and Glamorgan.

She has made Recordings/ DVD’s with all the leading Companies, including Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Decca, directed “The Flying Dutchman” at the Weimar National Theatre, played Anne Langley in Dustin Hofmann’s Film “Quartet” and gives masterclasses worldwide.

Sophie Joyce

Casting Director, Opéra National, Paris.

Sophie Joyce

Sophie Joyce is Directrice du Casting at the Opéra national de Paris. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Ms. Joyce is also a member of the pre-selection panel worldwide for the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition.

Known for her ability to scout and nurture extraordinary talent, Ms. Joyce worked for 10 years, until 2016, at English National Opera, where she was Head of Casting and Director of the ENO Harewood Artist Program. She was previously Casting Administrator and Manager of the company’s Young Singers Program, as well as Assistant Company Manager.

From 2016 - 2018, Ms. Joyce worked as an opera consultant, advising young artists at the Royal College of Music London, and establishing a new Vocal Department for Keynote Artist Management. After graduating from Birmingham University as a Bachelor of Music, Ms. Joyce began her career at IMG Artists in 2004, working with some of the highest profile singers in the world today.

Peter Mario Katona

Casting Director, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London.

Peter Katona, after having worked in similar positions in Germany, was appointed Director of Casting of The Royal Opera in 1983, and has since been responsible for the planning and casting of all performances by The Royal Opera, in close collaboration with the Music Directors of the company – first Sir Colin Davis, from 1987 with Bernard Haitink and from the start of the 2002/03 season with Antonio Pappano.

David Lomeli

Casting Director at Bayerische Staatsoper and Director of Artistic Administration at The Dallas Opera.

David Lomeli

David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014. In August of 2018, David was promoted to Director of Artistic Administration. Prior to this, David was Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manager, making him the first Hispanic to occupy a top casting position at a Level 1 opera house in the history of professional opera in the US.  In November of 2019 he accepted the position of Casting Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany to commence in July of 2021. Before joining TDO, David performed as a tenor with many of the world’s leading companies worldwide such as Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera. David earned an Engineering Degree in Computer Science by the ITESM in Mexico and a post graduate joint degree in International Marketing by the Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain and the Universita di Milano, Italy. He is a recipient of the National Youth Prize in Arts by the Mexican Government and the First Prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia. He has been featured in Ted Talks in Guadalajara, Mexico and Milano, Italy. David is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English

Joan Matabosch

Artistic Director, Teatro Real, Madrid.

Artistic Director of the Teatro Real de Madrid since the 2013-2014 season. Artistic Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona from 1997 to 2013. He was previously Assistant Artistic Director and director of the Dramatugy department of the same theater and he has also worked as a journalist, and opera, theater, music and dance critic in various publications. He studied, among others, Piano, Singing and Harmony at the Liceu Conservatory of Barcelona and Information Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has been the founder and president of Opera Europa and he is part of juries of prestigious international, musical and lyrical competitions.

Christoph Seuferle

Opera Director, Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Christoph Seuferle

Born: March 21,1966 in Stuttgart, Germany

College Prep. to A-level (High School Equivalent) in Stuttgart, Germany

1985-1989       Opera Directing Major at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, Austria

               Graduated with Degree “Magister Artium”

1989-1991       Bavarian State Opera, Munich (Assistant Staff Director)

                        (General Manager: Wolfgang Sawallisch).

Collaboration with Harry Kupfer, Juri Liubimov, etc

1991-1993      Assistant director and stage manager at numerous theaters: Grand Théâtre de Genève, Maggio Musicale/Florence, Turin, Bordeaux, Chorégies d’Orange.

Collaboration with Robert Carsen, Francesca Zambello, Willy Decker, etc.

1993-1994       Bavarian State Opera, Munich (Assistant Staff Director)

                        (General Manager: Peter Jonas)

Collaboration with Richard Jones, Peter Mussbach, etc…

1994-2001      Opera National de Paris (Directeur du Planning et de la Scène)

            (General Manager: Hugues Gall).

Development of the season’s general schedule at two venues (Bastille and Garnier) for all departments and application of all corresponding union regulations: 174 musicians, 156 dancers, 98 choristers, 400 stage crew, head of stage management.

2001                Recipient of the Title: “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” France

2001-2006      Montpellier National Opera (Director General)

Responsible for a 18 Million Euro Budget. Artistic and administrative organisation of ca. 12 Operatic productions per season. Collaboration with several leading companies.

(Awarded for “best show of the season” for “Rinaldo” in coproduction with the Staatsoper Berlin).

Since 2006     Deutsche Oper Berlin (Operndirektor). Responsible for general planning and Casting (37 different titles per season for 175 performances/season)

Season 2011/2012 interim general manager


Ludmila Talikova

Head of the Opera Company, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow.

Ludmila Talikova.

In 1996 she graduated from the Music College and in 2001 — from the Astrakhan Conservatoire (choral conducting and professor of a music matters). In 2007 she enrolled master’s degree programme at the Sorbonne’s faculty of musicology studies. In 2012 she graduated from the Versailles State Institute majoring in Management in Culture and the Arts. During her studies she took part in the organization of a conference on the theme New Media, the Arts and Society (Palais de la Decouverte, Paris). She coordinated a contemporary art project set up under the influence of the work of John Cage. In 2012 she underwent practical training as a producer at the following international festivals: The Festival of Baroque Opera in Beaune (Burgundy) and The Chopin in Paris Festival. In the 2012/13 season she is an intern at the producers’ department and then at the casting department of the Opéra National de Paris (Opéra Garnier and Opéra Bastille). She has worked as promoter with young French theatre companies. Since September 2014 she has been a Head of the Opera company of the Bolshoi theatre of Russia.

Diane Zola

Assistant General manager Artistic, Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Diane Zola is presently the Assistant General Manager Artistic at the Metropolitan Opera. In August, 2000, she joined Houston Grand Opera as the Director of the HGO Studio and became Director of Artistic Administration in 2005. She has served as principal consultant for the Bolshoi Opera Young Artist Program in Moscow, Russia and as consultant for the Atkins Young Artist Program at the Mariinsky Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia. Committed to the nurturing of young singers, pianists and conductors, she teaches at the Aspen Music Festival & School – Opera Theater and has given master classes throughout the USA, Europe and in South Africa. In addition, to the above, she serves on various juries including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition and others.

  • A member of the Jury who is, or has been, a teacher of one of the contestants will not be permitted to vote for that contestant.
  • The Jury will designate the winners of all the prizes: Official, Extraordinary and Special.
  • When a decision by the Jury is reached unanimously, it will be declared as such, publicly.
  • The Jury reserves the right to withhold the awards if entrants fail to reach the required standards.
  • The decisions of the Jury will be final.