Jury & Patrons of the II International Éva Marton Singing Competition

Principal Patron

János Áder

Attorney, politician. Member of Parliament between 1990–2009, deputy speaker of the National Assembly from 1997 to 1998, and then speaker until 2002. Member of the European Parliament from 2009 until 2012, and President of Hungary since May 2012 .

 

Patrons

Zoltán Balog

Calvinist pastor and mental health professional, Minister of Human Capacities and President of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, holder of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit and Sash of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Dr. András Batta

Széchenyi Prize laureate musicologist, university professor.

 

István Tarlós

Engineer and politician, mayor of Óbuda-Békásmegyer (Budapest III. district) between 1990 and 2006,
mayor of Budapest from 2010.

 

President of the Jury

Éva Marton, prof. emer. KS

 

Members of the Jury

Christina Scheppelmann

The General Artistic Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) had an early start with the arts, as she was a member of the children’s choir of the Hamburg State Opera. As a teenager, she visited a number of European cities just to hear and see as many opera performances as she possibly could. After having earned her degree in banking in 1987, she left her home country, Germany, and moved to Milan to work in arts administration. She speaks five languages fluently, and her excellent communication skills were soon acknowledged, so she was offered a job
at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona. In 1995, she was asked by Lotfi Mansouri to be his assistant at the San Francisco Opera. From 2002 until
2012, she acted as Director of Artistic Operations at the Washington National Opera, then she spent two years in Oman, at the Royal Opera House in Muscat. Her accomplishments have been rewarded by various awards, such as the Award of the National Labor Relations Board (USA) and was merited as the Commendatore of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for her diffusing Italian culture and opera. Since 2014, she has been
the General Artistic Director at the opera house of the Catalonian capital.

Miguel Lerín

Born in 1951 in Barcelona, in the bosom of a family of deep-rooted musical tradition. As great-grandson of the famous tenor Francisco Viñas, he studied piano in his city at the Marshall Academy, directed by Alicia de Larrocha. Licensed in business, economics and art history, he has combined
his career with a resolute dedication to the promotion of the musical culture, especially as promoter of the international singing competition, held every year in Barcelona which takes the name of his illustrious great-grandfather. He often gives ectures and has collaborated as a musical critic in specialized magazines. He has been a jury member in many international competitions, such as the Voci Verdiane of Busseto and the Competitions of Munich, Bilbao, Varallo Sesia, Sophia, Marseille; auditions of the Sullivan Foundation of New York, Elena Obraztsova in Saint Petersburg and Ferruccio Tagliavini in Graz. He works with most of the opera houses as artist manager and new voices promoter.

Vittorio Terranova

Singer Vittorio Terranova was born in 1942. He studied at the Vincenzo Bellini School of Music in Catania, at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at Scuola di Paleografia e Filologia Musicale di Cremona (University of Pavia). He won the competition of the Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana in Milan and made his debut at Teatro Sociale di Mantova in the role of Arturo Talbot in Bellini’s I Puritani. He sang in almost all lyric theatres of Italy (including Teatro alla Scala in Milan) and in other countries (Staatsoper in Vienna, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, National Theatre in Munich). He held the chair of lyric teacher at Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi and he was the teacher and coordinator of the advanced course of lyric singing held at Accademia Marziali in Seveso (Milan). He held courses of lyric singing in the summer in Deutschlandsberg (Austria) where he is the Artistic Director of the Accademia del Belcanto and of the International Course of Lyric Singing Ferruccio Tagliavini. He is lyric teaches in Japan at the College of Music in Osaka, at the Music Academy Musashino in Tokyo and at Mukogava University in Osaka. He also teaches in Spain and Venezuela, Keimyung University, Kyungpook National University, Catholic University of Daegu, South-Korea.

Sung Bin Kim

The Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Music at Daeshin University, South-Korea, graduated from the Seoul National University and then earned his PhD at the American Catholic University in Washington D.C. He made his debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute in the US, and later he performed as the tenor soloist in works such as the in Messiah, Die Schöpfung, played Eisenstein the Die Fledermaus, the leading roles of La Traviata and L`elisir d`amore. Having returned from the US in 2001, he gave a solo recital at the Daegu Culture & Arts Center. Besides his singing
career, Sung Bin Kim also acts as a producer. In 2007, he was appointed artistic director of the Daegu City Opera Company for six years. Then he
chaired the Daegu International Opera Festival between 2010 and 2013. During this time, he staged fifteen opera productions. From 2013 until
2015, he was granted the position of Director of the Daegu Opera House Foundation. He has been asked to participate in the juries of several international music competitions, such as the Giacinto Prandelli, the Ferruccio Tagliavini and the Elena Obraztsova contests. Besides his academical offices, he is the Chairman of the Federation of Artistic & Cultural Organizations, the Vice-chairman of the Music Association and member of the Arts Promotion Committee in Daegu City.

Anatoli Goussev

The Ukrainian-born professor of La Scuola Musicale in Foro Buonaparte di Milano completed his higher education studies in music in the former Soviet Union. Then he perfected his skills at the international Sablé-sur-Sarthe Baroque Academy and at the Academy of Lyric Opera and Choral Music in Osimo, Italy. Performance and teaching have always been equally important to him right from the start. He currently lives in Milan, where he was the founder of a school of opera singing. He has taught many young opera singers who have already reached international fame. He has been invited onto the juries of the most renowned singing competitions of the world, such as the Hyperion International Competition in Rome, the Elena Obraztsova International Competition in Saint Petersburg and the Young Opera Singers Competition in Zaragoza.

Honghai Ma

The professor of the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, China earned his honour’s degree in Voice & Opera in 1983 and has been teaching at
the same institution up until today. Simultaneously, he attended the National Music Academy Bulgaria in Sofia, the Conservatorio di Milano, and the Diploma Program in Opera of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Mr. Ma has performed in leading roles in many well-known operas such as La Boheme, Carmen, Norma and sang the tenor solo of works such as the Missa Solemnis or Das Lied von der Erde. He has toured many different parts of the world, including several European countries, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong and Singarpore. He has been invited to be on the jury of a number of international contests, for instance, the National Young Singers Competition, the National New Writers & New Songs, the German New Sound Competition China Area and the Bellini International Vocal Competition China Area.

Andrea Meláth

The Liszt Prize-awarded mezzosoprano started her higher education at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. She completed her studies
in 1998, and in the same year, she was awarded the Annie Fisher Grant. Already in 1996, she could participate at the Bayreuth Festival with another
scholarship. She debuted in the role of Cherubino of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in 1998, then later that year she acted in the leading role of Henry
Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas. In 1999, she debuted in the Hungarian State Opera in the role of Rosetta in János Vajda’s Leonce and Lena. Since then, she has been a permanent guest performer at the Hungarian State Opera. In 1999 she won 3rd Prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London. For her high level interpretation of contemporary Hungarian music, she has received the Artisjus Award nine times. Her main roles are Judit (Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle), Dorabella (Mozart: Così fan tutte), Sextus (Mozart: La clemenza di Tito), Rosina (Rossini: The barber of Seville), Orlovsky (Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus). Beyond her artistic career, she taught as Associate Professor of singing at the University of Pécs between 2007 and 2012. Since 2013 she has been the Head of the Liszt Academy's Department of Vocal Studies.

Szilveszter Ókovács

Born in Veszprém, Hungary, in 1969, he studied at the Academy of Music in Győr, before studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. He taught singing and opera history at the Vác Conservatory. He sang at the Budapest Chamber Opera and at the Hungarian National Philharmonic.
He went on to become a development consultant at the Ministry of Education and hosted programmes on Bartók Radio, Hír TV and later on Klasszik Radio. He was head of the Erkel Theatre, Budapest, then Director of Communications at the Hungarian State Opera. He worked also as a member of the Finance Committee of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. From August 2011 to August 2012 he was Government Commissioner of the Hungarian State Opera, where in 2012 he became Acting General Director. Since January 2013, he has been General Director of the Hungarian State Opera.