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".


June Anderson


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.

Julien Benhamou

Artistic Consultant, Director of Artistic Administration at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 

Julien Benhamou is Director of Artistic Administration at the Aix-en-Provence Festival  where he oversees the planning and casting of future seasons, the Academy of the Festival and its Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. He also serves as Casting Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Born in Paris, combining his studies in cultural industries management (Master in Management-Grande Ecole, ESCP Europe) and his passion for opera and classical singing, he started his career in artist management, working for many high profile singers and conductors at agencies such as Askonas Holt, London. He then served as Artistic Advisor for the Paris-based recital series l’Instant Lyrique, and as Director of Artistic Coordination and Casting at Opéra national de Bordeaux.

He also contributes to the development of the Voice Academy of the Treilles Foundation, and is frequently invited as a judge for international vocal competitions.

Alessandro Galoppini

Casting Manager, Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Alessandro Galoppini

After graduating with honours in church music, organ and choral conducting under the guidance of Maestro Sergio Marcianò, Alessandro Galoppini continued his studies in composition with Maestro Carlo Mosso. Since then he has performed extensively both as conductor and accompanist in numerous Italian opera houses.

For almost thirty years he has worked with the Teatro Regio of Turin where he held numerous positions and responsibilities, working as vocal coach, prompter and head of music, before being appointed artistic director of the theatre in 2018. During this period he also conducted productions of Il matrimonio segreto, Il barbiere di Siviglia and La bohème.

In 2000 he joined the teaching staff of the Turin Conservatory.
In 2019 he was appointed casting director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan

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.

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.

Christian Schirm

Artistic Director of l'Académie de l'Opéra National de Paris. 

Sophie Joyce

After completing his studies in Humanities and Political Science, Christian Schirm was in charge of the course at the Diplomatische Akademie in Vienna from 1982 to 1987.

Then he worked closely with Hugues Gall at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and later at the Opéra National de Paris, where he was in charge of the Palais Garnier and the Dramaturgy department. Gerard Mortier appointed him director of the Atelier Lyrique in 2004 and Stéphane Lissner artistic director of the Académie de l'Opéra de Paris in 2015.

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

Toby Spence


An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award.

In concert Toby has sung with some of the most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestr, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has appeared as a guest soloist at the Easter Festival in Salzburg and the Edinburgh International Festival. He has worked with an impressive array of conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Colin Davis, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Edward Gardner, Roger Norrington and Charles Mackerras.

Operatic highlights include Aschenbach/Death in Venice for Opéra National du Rhin, Captain Vere in Deborah Warner’s Billy Budd for Teatro Real, Opera di Roma and ROH, Anatol/Vanessa for Frankfurt Opera, Don Ottavio for the Liceu Barcelona, Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus and Antonio/The Tempest for the Metropolitan Opera, Tito, Tamino, Henry Morosus/Die Schweigsame Frau and Monsieur Taupe/Capriccio for the Bayerische Staatsoper, title role Parsifal for Opera North, Florestan/Fidelio for Garsington Opera and Opera North, Ghandi/Satyagraha at the English National Opera, Don Ottavio and Tito for the Wiener Staatsoper, Alwa/Lulu for La Monnaie, as well as Tom Rakewell and David/Die Meistersinger for Opéra de Paris. Toby’s longstanding relationship with ROH has seen him sing David/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, Ferdinand/The Tempest, Count Almaviva/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro/La Cenerentola , Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, and Essex/Gloriana.

Operatic plans for 22/23 include role debuts as Alonso/The Tempest for Teatro alla Scala and Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer for Teatro la Fenice. On the concert platform Toby sings Das Lied von der Erde Orchestre de Lille cond. Alexandre Bloch, St Matthew Passion for the Gulbenkian Foundation, Britten’s War Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Bells with the Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Stanislav Kochanovsky, the Glagolitic Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Edward Gardner, and Bach Magnificat cond. Mena with the Cincinnati Symphony. Further ahead, Toby returns to the Wiener Staatsoper.

Carolin Wielpütz

Director of Artistic Administration, MusikTheater an der Wien

Carolin Wielpütz is the Director of Artistic Administration at the MusikTheater an der Wien under the artistic direction of Stefan Herheim. She started her career at Theater Bonn, where she worked as Director Assistant from 2009 to 2012 and as Director of Artistic Administration from 2014 and 2020. Under the artistic direction of David Pountney she worked in casting and artistic administration at Bregenz Festival from 2012 to 2014. Carolin Wielpütz studied drama, media and English studies and took vocal training at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany, with stays abroad in USA, Ireland, Spain and France. She is a passionate chorus singer and a member of jury in several important, international singing competitions.

  • 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.