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".


Damià Carbonell

Head of Artistic Affairs at the Dutch National Opera.

Damià Carbonell

Damià Carbonell Nicolau (1977) studied Piano and Music Theory at the Conservatory in Barcelona. He also studied Cultural Management and Music Business Management at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. In 2004 he started working at the “Friends of the Liceu” assisting with the cultural activities. In 2006 Damià Carbonell Nicolau joined the department of Artistic Affairs at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 2011. From November 2013 till December 2018  he was working as Deputy Artistic Director at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In January 2019 he was appointed Head of Artistic Affairs at the Dutch National Opera.

Alessandro Di Gloria

Head of Casting and the Artistic Planning Director for Opera and Concerts at Teatro Massimo in Palermo

Alessandro Di Gloria

Starting in 2020 Alessandro Di Gloria became the head of casting and the artistic planning director for opera and concerts at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, which he joined in 2015 as casting director and assistant to the principal conductor.  From 2006 to 2015 he collaborated with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, developing his knowledge and experience in many facets of opera house management. Traveling extensively to discover new talents in performing venues and among participants in international competitions, he always took a special interest in young singers, offering debut roles to some of the rising stars of today’s opera world. In 2019 he also initiated a collaboration as casting consultant with Teatro Real de Madrid.

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.

Sonia Ganassi


Sonia Ganassi

Sonia Ganassi, one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of her generation, is regularly invited to the most prestigious theaters in the world (Metropolitan in New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceu in Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper etc.)  where she collaborates with directors such as Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Barenboim. Following her countless successes, in 1999 Italian music critics awarded her with the Abbiati Prize.

He alternates his intense concert activity with his operatic commitment in the most prestigious concert halls: Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Concertegebow in Amsterdam and the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Verdi's Requiem at the Berlin and the Scala Theater directed by M ° Barenboim, at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia directed by M ° Pappano, at the San Carlo Theater in Naples directed by M ° Muti and Parma directed by M ° Temirkanov.

Tobias Hasan

Director of the Staatsoper Berlin.

Tobias Hasan

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).

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.

Elena Pankratova


Elena Pankratova

A combination of musical sensitivity, superlative technique and strong stage presence marks Elena Pankratova out from among a new generation of dramatic sopranos. The spectacular success of her first Dyer's Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten in Florence (2010) proved an important breakthrough for her career that also succeeded in invitations at the most importants opera theaters.

The singer became the first Russian dramatic soprano in the 140-years history of the Wagnerian festival in Bayreuth, where from 2016 till 2019 she sung Kundry in Parsifal (DVD & Blu-ray by Deutsche Grammophon) and 2019 - also Ortrud in Lohengrin.

Elena Pankratova is giving public and private master classes in voice technique and interpretation all over the world, a.o. at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2014) and at the Verbier Festival and Academy (2015 & 2016), Wagnerian Festival of Bayreuth (2018). October 2015 she became a Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria).

Christian Schirm

Artistic Director of the Académie of the Paris Nationa Opéra.

Christian Schirm

After studies in literature and political science, Christian Schirm is employed by the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna on the teaching staff with responsibility for French language studies from 1982 to 1987. At the same time, he works on the editorial and presenting staff of the Austrian radio (ORF-Wien). From 1987 he is deputy of the director at the Grand Théâtre de Dijon. As of December 1988 he becomes the collaborator of Hugues Gall at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. Christian Schirm joins the Paris national opera in August 1995, where he is deputy director in charge of dramaturgy and the Palais Garnier until July 2004. Gerard Mortier then appoints him to the direction of the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra national de Paris, and from September 2015 Stéphane Lissner appoints him as artistic director of the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris.

Honours : Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite and Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.

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.

  • 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.