Jury 2016

Kms Olivera Miljaković

Kms Olivera Miljakovićsoprano, studied solo singing with Mile Stojadinović, Josip Rijavica and Nikola Cvjetić, and later furthered her studies with Gina Cinga. She was engaged by National Theatre Belgrade Opera for two years and in 1963 became a member of Vienna State Opera where she accomplished stunning career as a soloist. Olivera Miljaković performed on many important opera and concert stages and festivals with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Georges Prêtre, Carlos Kleiber and Herbert von Karajan.

She also participated in a number of noticeable opera discography productions with same conductors. Since 1980 she has run a private school for solo singing and from 1987 till 1991 she worked as a professor in the Opera Studio of Vienna State Opera. Olivera Miljaković holds many master classes and concerts all over the world; she is music director of Basano del Grapa festival, and from 2003 music director of Ambassadors concert. In 1984 she was given the honorific title Kammersägerin for distinguished singers of opera, the highest title that Austria and Germany give to their singers. For her work in the field of culture, she was awarded with Golden Ring of the Vienna State Opera and with Silver and Golden Medal from the Republic of Austria.

Katrin König 

Katrin König was born in Salzburg, and studied Italian culture and language at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, before obtaining a degree in musicology with an emphasis on Musical Dramaturgy and Theatre Administration at the University of Bologna. Already during her studies she gained experience working at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, and at the Salzburg Festival. After being an apprentice assistant director for Willy Decker’s 2005 Salzburg Festival production of La Traviata, she was asked to be the head stage manager for the 2006 production of three operas, as part of the celebrations for the Mozart Year. From 2007 she worked as an assistant manager at the concert department for the Salzburg Festival, responsible for projects with, among others, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, the Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under Gustavo Dudamel, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Figli d’arte Cutticchio from Palermo. In 2007 she began her employment as a stage manager with the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and collaboration with the Ravenna Festival lead by Riccardo Muti. In 2008 she accepted the invitation from the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg to work as production assistant for the Mozartwoche and Dialogen Festivals, and subsequently as production director for the 2010 production of Idomeneo, a co-production with the Aix-en-Provence Festival under the musical direction of Marc Minkowski.

Since October 2010 Katrin König has been Head of Opera administration and casting director of the Salzburg State Theatre.

Mariano Horak

Mariano Horak studied singing and musicology at the University in Bratislava and at the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatoryin Kiev.For a few years, after graduation, Horak sang as a baritone in different opera houses in Germany and Switzerland. In 1984 he founded Lyric Department in the Caecilia Agency in Zürich, and has been a director there since then. He worked with many great artists including Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Berganza, Lucia Popp, Peter Schreier, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and many more.

Mariano Horak always showed great interest for young artists, he wanted to discover them and with focused and artistic guidance help them to achieve their international carrier. He has discovered many great artists such as Violeta Urmana, Julia Kleiter, Anna Goryachova, Ausrine Stundyte, Stephen Gould, Johan Reuter, Antonio Poli, Goran Jurić, Rachel Harnishc and many others.

Horak is often invited to be a jury member or observer in many different international singing competitions to keep in track with the new coming generation of young singers. In June 2015 he opened his own agency named Ammann-Horak Agency which is situated in Zürich.

Alessandro Di Gloria

Alessandro Di Gloria, born in Palermo, he started attending concert halls and the Opera House of his city at a very young age, demonstrating  a true passion for opera and the entire symphonic repertoire. While still a student he began to collaborate as a music critic with newspapers and specialized music magazines which gave him the opportunity to meet some of the greatest artists of the international music scene. He often travels to theaters around the world following the most important singers, conductors and directors. He concluded his musical studies at the University of Palermo and Salzburg while, in 2006, he began a long career at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since 2015 he is the Casting Manager at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo.

Carl Unander-Scharin

Carl Unander-Scharin is a Swedish professor, Phd, operatic tenor and composer.

Born in Stockholm, he attended Adolf Fredrik’s Music School and studied in his native city at the Royal College of Music, the University College of Opera and The Royal Institute of Technology. As a resident soloist at the Royal Swedish Opera he has sung the roles of Count Almaviva in Gioachino Rossini’s  The Barber of Seville, Gonzalve in Maurice Ravel‘s L’Heure Espagnole, Raoul de Gardefeu in Jacques Offenbach’s La vie parisienne, and Tamino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute among other parts. As a concert singer he is particularly known for performances and recordings of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and many first performances of contemporary music.

As a researcher, Unander-Scharin is widely recognized for his research in “Extending Opera through Interactivity and Electronics”, a thesis on which he acquired his PhD at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm.

As a composer, Unander-Scharin has produced a wide array of works from operas and oratorios to chamber music and electronic music. Two out of his up to date nine operas have been staged by the Royal Swedish Opera and he has been composer in residence at the Gothenburg Opera and Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen. Unander-Scharin is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and is currently visiting professor of Opera and technology at the University of Karlstad.

Kalle Kanttila

Kalle Kanttila is Artist Manager and director of IOA-Management (International Opera Artists), which is one of the most important agencies in Scandinavia and in German speaking countries. IOA has offices in Germany and Finland and thereto in Firenze, St. Petersburg & Paris. Kalle Kanttila was a jury member at many important singing competitions like International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Helsinki Qualification), International Panco Vladigerov in Bulgaria, International Lions Singing Competition by Opera Festival Gut Immling etc.
Kalle Kanttila was born in Oulu, Finland. He began his music studies at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the Zürich Conservatory and at Music Department of University Karlsruhe, Germany. He was engaged as Ensemble member at first at the Theater Regensburg and then at the State Opera of Nuremberg. He has appeared as a guest soloist at the Komische Oper Berlin, State Opera Wiesbaden, State Opera Kassel, State Opera Darmstadt, State Opera Meiningen, State Opera Nürnberg, State Opera Karlsruhe, Alexander Theater Helsinki, National Theater Mannheim, Opera Wuppertal, Schwetzingen Music Festival as well at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Vlatka Oršanić

Vlatka Oršanić, soprano,was born in Zabok, Croatia. She spent her childhood in Varaždin where she began her musical education. She graduated voice study at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia and later took her postgraduate studies in Vienna with Kms Olivera Miljaković. Vlatka Oršanić made her debut at the age of 20 as Gilda at the National Opera in Ljubljana. Since then, she was invited as a guest singer to all opera theaters in Yugoslavia. In her long and rich career she sang in many projects in different European opera houses and concert halls (Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Romania) and in Japan, working with prominent directors (Joachim Herz, Harry Kupfer, Christine Mielitz, Pet Halmen, Andreas Homoki, John Cox, Liliana Cavani etc.) and conductors (Semyon Bychkov, Michael Gielen, Wladimir Jurowski, Kiril Petrenko, Daniel Harding, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Heinz Holliger, Stefan Soltesz etc.) Her repertoire includes more than 80 leading opera and concert roles of very different character and music style, from Purcell (Dido), Bach, Händel (Angelica), Mozart (Queen of the night, Susanna, Vittelia, Elettra, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Despina), Beethoven, Schumann (Genoveva), Donizetti (Lucia, Adina), Bellini (Elvira), Rossini (Rosina), Verdi (Gilda, Violetta, Aida, Lady Macbeth, Leonora, Abigaila, Amelia), Puccini (Mimi, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut), Gounod (Marguerite), Tschaikowski( Tatjana), Janacek (Mila, Jenufa, Katja, Malinka ), Dvořák (Rusalka, Kneginja), Giordano (Maddalena), R. Strauss (Ariadne, Herodias), Shostakovisch (Katerina Izmajlova), Prokofiev (Nataša) to modern authors. She appeared at renowned European music festivals (Salzburger Sommerfestspiele, Edinburgh Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, WienerFestwochen). Vlatka Oršanić recorded several CD albums for various international discography companies (Arte Nova, EMI, Sony Classical) and made archival recordings for several radio and TV stations (RTV Ljubljana, RTV Zagreb, ORF Wien, SWF Freiburg, Deutschlands radio, MDR Leipzig. From 2006 to 2010 she was senior lecturer (associate professor) for voice at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She is a principal singer at the Slovenian National Theatre Opera, full professor and a Head of Singing Department at the Academy of Music in Zagreb.