Jury

Preliminary Auditions

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

President

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".

Members

June Anderson

Soprano

June Anderson is a Grammy Award-winning American soprano known for her performances of the bel canto heroines of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini which she has performed in all the major international opera houses such as La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra de Paris, Gran Teatre del  Liceu and theTeatro Colon of Buenos Aires.

On recordings and performances she has collaborated with some of the world’s finest conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Her many recordings include not only bel canto operas but also works from Albinoni and Vivaldi through Beethoven, Bizet, Halévy, Massenet, Verdi, Wagner  Orff and Bernstein.

Today she lives in the Connecticut countryside in an early 19th century house which she has lovingly brought into the 21st century and where she plays viola in several string ensembles.

Alessandro Galoppini

Casting Manager, Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Alessandro Galoppini

After obtaining his diploma in Choral Conducting and in Organ and Organ Composition with the highest qualifications under the direction of Sergio Marcianò, Alessandro Galoppini continued his composition studies with Carlo Mosso. His compositions for organ have been published by Edizioni Carrara of Bergamo. In the 1980s he began to work as a collaborating teacher at the Laboratorio lirico of Alessandria with Maestro Edoardo Müller, continuing later at the Teatro Rendano of Cosenza and at the opera houses of Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona.

In 1990 he began his collaboration of almost thirty years with the Teatro Regio of Turin, where, until 1998, he worked as hall master, stage and ballet master, keyboardist of the orchestra, assistant to the chorus master and master prompter.
From the 97-98 season onwards, he was appointed stage musical director and, since 2000, head of the orchestra sector. After being charged with the role of deputy artistic area director, from 2009 to 2018 he served as artistic area director, and in the '18-'19 season as artistic director.

As artistic area director he has participated in the creation of audiovisual recordings for the most important record companies and in the artistic organization of numerous tours in Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, France, Switzerland, Japan (Tokyo 2010 and 2013), China (Shanghai 2010) (Hong Kong 2016), Russia (St. Petersburg 2014 and 2018), United Kingdom (Edinburgh 2014 and 2017), United States (Chicago, New York, Ann Arbor 2014), Canada (Toronto 2014), Finland (Savonlinna 2016) and Oman (Muscat 2017).

He has been active as a piano and organ accompanist. As a soloist, he performed J.S. Bach's Concerto in D minor on harpsichord and C. Saint-Saëns' Third Symphony on organ, conducted by Michel Plasson.
As a conductor, he conducted a harpsichord production of Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell, filmed by RaiSat, and at the Teatro Regio in Turin he conducted Il matrimonio segreto and Il barbiere di Siviglia, and in decentralized performances in Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli La bohème.

He has been invited to serve on the juries of important international singing competitions, such as the Viñas and Aslico Competitions, and for ten consecutive years on the commission of the New York Opera Foundation with representatives of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

He has taught the following subjects at various Conservatories: Piano Accompaniment, Theory and Solfeggio, Score Reading, Choral Music and Choral Conducting and Choral Exercises. Since 2000, he has been a full professor of Rhythm Theory and Musical Perception at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" of Turin.

Since December 2019, he has been Head of the Singing Companies of the Teatro alla Scala.

Paul Hopper

Associate Artistic Administrator, the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Paul Hopper

Paul Hopper serves as Associate Artistic Administrator at The Metropolitan Opera where he oversees the casting of secondary roles and covers for all productions. Previously, he was the Assistant Artistic Director at Houston Grand Opera where he assisted in long term artistic planning and casting, managed special artistic initiatives, and guided a variety of audiences in learning more about opera, including numerous events in support of the company’s first Ring Cycle. As principal dramaturg for the company he worked closely with composers and librettists in the commissioning and development of new works. He regularly serves on the juries for various levels of vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, the Queen Sonja International Music Competition, and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Houston, he previously held positions at the Santa Fe Opera and ADA Artist Management.

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 Mario Katona

Peter Katona, after having worked in similar positions in German, 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.

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.

Pål Moe

Casting consultant Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Berliner Philharmoniker, The Norwegian National Opera.

Pal Moe

Pål Christian Moe was born in Oslo, Norway. After studies in English and American literature he joined the Norwegian National Opera, first as stage manager, then as Dramaturg and Artistic Administrator. From 1989-1994 he was Head of Vocal Productions with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in Hamburg, followed by 10 years at the Paris Opera as Artistic Administrator under Hugues Gall. Since 2004 he has worked free-lance in casting. Having recently finished a fifteen-year collaboration with Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (2006-2021), his current employers are Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Berliner Philharmoniker / Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Norwegian National Opera and the National Theatre in Prague.

Ann Murray

Mezzo-soprano

Ann Murray was born in Dublin and studied with Frederick Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music. Ann’s extraordinary career saw operatic engagements in Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid, Teatro alla Scala, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Throughout her career, Ann established close links with both the English National Opera, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Much sought after as a concert singer, Ann has sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Rafael Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Sir Bernard Haitink and in the Musikverein, Vienna under Sawallisch and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.  In Great Britain Ann has sung with all the leading orchestras, at the BBC Promenade Concerts (where she has sung at both the First and Last Nights of the Proms) and at the major festivals.

Ann’s recital appearances have taken her to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Dresden, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Dublin, the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich and Salzburg Festivals and both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. Her discography reflects not only her broad concert and recital repertoire but also many of her great operatic roles, including Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas under Harnoncourt, Dorabella under James Levine, Cherubino under Muti, Hansel under Sir Colin Davis, Sextus (Mozart La clemenza di Tito) under Harnoncourt and Donna Elvira under Solti.

In huge demand as a masterclass leader and vocal coach, Ann regularly gives coachings and masterclasses across Europe, including for the Opernhaus Zurich, Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Hannover, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Opernstudio NRW, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and enjoys strong relationships with all the UK music colleges.

In 1997 Ann was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the National University of Ireland, in 1998 she was made a Kammersängerin of the Bayerische Staatsoper and in 1999 an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. In the 2002 Golden Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours she was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  In 2004 she was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit and in 2016 she was awarded the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal.

Christoph Seuferle

Opera Director, Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Cristoph 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

  • 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.