Jury

Preliminary Auditions

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

President

Víctor García de Gomar

General 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). 

Members

Richard Bonynge AC CBE (Australia)

Conductor.

Richard Bonynge AC CBE was born in Sydney and studied piano at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. He made his conducting debut in 1962 and has since conducted at most of the world’s opera houses. He has recorded over sixty complete operas, numerous ballets, recitals discs and piano concerti. Richard Bonynge is acknowledged as a scholar of bel canto, in 18th and 19th century opera and ballet music.

Giuseppe Cuccia (Italy)

Artistic Administrator, National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, Beijing.

Licence doctor degree in foreign languages and literatures-University of Palermo

March 2011 – March 2020. Artistic consultant for the western opera programs and production of National Center for the performing arts in Beijing.

January 2009 – February 2011. Artistic director/production coordinator of the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra in Palermo.

December 2010 – March 2011. Consultant for the Lyric Opera theatre in Cagliari, Sardinia.

September 2002 – February 2005. General Coordinator and director of the artistic production. Teatro Massimo – Palermo

1997 – 2002. Artistic Director Teatro de la Maestranza - Seville - (Spain)

1986 – 1996. Artistic secretary and production director Teatro “V.Bellini” - Catania

Mariella Devia (Italy)

Soprano.

Mariella Devia is considered one of the greatest interpreters of Belcanto. On the scene of the major theaters of the world, and in the most prestigious musical events, she represented the leading female characters - from Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi - redesigning the history of opera in recent decades. In 2018 she bid farewell to the scenes with an astonishinginterpretation of Norma, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. However, she performs in concerts and dedicates herself with great intensity to teaching.

Toni Gradsack (Austria)

Casting Manager, Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

After completing his studies at the Business Academy of his birthplace Villach (Carinthia, Austria), Toni Gradsack was first engaged at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt as a production assistant, but soon was promoted to personal assistant of the Intendant. He was named Director of Casting at the Städtische Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach in 1981. In 1983 he began thirteen successful years as personal assistant to the General Manager of the Bregenz Festival. During this time the Bregenz Festival advanced to international prominence with the productions of Pountney and Savary. Since 1995 Toni Gradsack has held the position of Director of Casting at the Zürich Opera. He is internationally in demand as an adjudicator for numerous competitions. From 2012 Toni Gradsack is the director of the casting office and director of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.

From autum 2014 he will join the Teatro alla Scala under the new direction of Alexander Pereira

Tobias Hasan (Austria)

Opera Director, Staatsoper 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 Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona as well as the International Mozart Competition and the "Bundeswettbewerb Gesang" (National Vocal Competition)

Peter Mario Katona (Germany)

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.

Joan Matabosch (Spain)

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.

Ludmila Talikova (Russia)

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.

Ilias Tzempetonidis (Greece)

Casting Director, Opéra National, Paris.

Originally from Greece, he studied Law, Communication and Arts Management at the University of Ludwig Maximilian in Munich. From 1996 to 2000, he worked with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. From 2000 to 2006, he was the Artistic Director at the Megaron in Thessaloniki. In 2006, he was appointed Director of Artistic Planning and Casting at the Greek National Opera in Athens. From 2009 to 2015, he was the Casting Director at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Since 2015, he has been the Casting Director at the Opéra National de Paris.

(Photo:  Elena Cherkashyna)

Diane Zola (USA)

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.