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".
Artistic Advisor, Casting Manager of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Julien Benhamou is currently the Artistic Administrator of the Aix-en-Provence Festival. 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 in London.
He then switched to programming, serving as Artistic Consultant for the Paris-based recital series l’Instant Lyrique - a position he continues to hold - and served 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.
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.
Director of the Staatsoper Unter der Linden, Berlin.
Since January 2014 Tobias Hasan is coordinating opera director of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. Most recently he was casting director and senior booker of the State Opera Hamburg. After completing his singing studies at the University of Mozarteum in 2001, he was a member of the festival Salzburger Festspiele and worked at the press offices of the record labels TELDEC, Deutsche Grammophon, DECCA and EMI Classics in Salzburg. Tobias Hasan has been a juror at the International Francisco Vinas Competition in Barcelona as well as the International Mozart Competition and the "Bundeswettbewerb Gesang" (National Vocal Competition).
Associate Artistic Administrator, the Metropolitan Opera, New York
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.
Casting Director, Opéra National, Paris.
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 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.
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.
As Brünnhilde in Harry Kupfer's 1988 staging of Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung in Bayreuth, Deborah Polaski emerged as one of the most promising dramatic sopranos. In two consecutive Ring cycles on the “Grüner Hügel” (with Daniel Barenboim 1988, with James Levine 1994), she sang this role more than any other soprano since the Second World War. Although she had already sung in opera houses such as La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Staatsoper Berlin, it was after her debut in Bayreuth, that she received offers to sing in all of the world’s major opera houses: Paris, London, New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna and Salzburg, to name just a few.
Her repertoire comprises primarily dramatic soprano roles, such as the Wagnerian roles of Isolde, Brünnhilde, Kundry and Ortrud as well as Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Elektra, Berlioz' Didon and Cassandre (Les Troyens), Berg's Marie (Wozzeck) and Janáček's Kostelnička (Jenůfa). Many of her Wagner performances are also released on DVD.
In 2003, in recognition of her accomplishment as an artist of distinguished quality and subsequent contribution to Viennese cultural life, the Austrian government rendered her the prestigious title of Austrian Kammersänger.
Deborah Polaski resides in Berlin, Germany and continues to remain active in the musical world since retiring from the stage in 2015. She is very involved as a teacher and mentor and is regularly involved as jury member in international vocal competitions.
Head of the Opera Company, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow.
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.
Roger Vignoles is one of the world’s most distinguished collaborative pianists. He is known to audiences throughout the world for the clarity and precision of his playing, his deep understanding of the vocal repertoire, and the empathy with which, over a career of more than five decades, he has accompanied many of the world’s finest singers and instrumentalists. His extensive discography includes a long and fruitful association with Hyperion Records, for whom he recently completed the Complete Songs of Richard Strauss.
Having begun his career as a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Sir Georg Solti, he has maintained an interest in operatic as well as recital music, including as conductor and music director in performances of Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Three Church Parables.
In constant demand as a teacher, Roger Vignoles has given masterclasses throughout Europe, the United States, Scandinavia and the Far East, and is Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London.
During the 2021/22 Roger Vignoles will also be a juror at the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and at the International Chamber Music Competition “Franz Schubert und die Music der Moderne” in Graz.
- 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.