The International Jury – 2022 edition Opera Section

Dominique Meyer


Dominique Meyer was born in France, in 1955.
He has been a professor, a researcher and a guest lecturer of Macroeconomics, History of Economics, and Administration of Music and Live Performances, in many prestigious universities.
Mr. Meyer worked as a Commissioner and Advisor in the Cabinet of the French Minister of Culture and Communication and in the Cabinet of the French Prime Minister.
He covered the role as Director of the Vienna State Opera, General Director of the Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille) and of the Lausanne Opera, General and Artistic Director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Since March 2020, he has been the Superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.


Gianni Tangucci


Born in Pesaro in 1946, Tangucci began his musical studies at the local “G. Rossini” Conservatory, then he graduated in piano at the “B. Marcello” Conservatory of Venice. He soon started his professional career as a Maestro Collaboratore at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, where in 1970, he performed artistic and executive functions. In 1978, he was appointed Artistic Secretary and in 1981, he became Manager of Technical-Artistic Organization.

From 1983 to 1985:  Assistant Artistic Director at the Teatro alla Scala for two seasons.

From 1985 to 1987: Artistic Director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

For the 1987/88 and 1988/89 seasons: Artistic Director of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, after working as an Artistic Consultant at the Teatro dell’Opera of Genoa.

From September 1989 to all 1995: Vice Artistic Director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

From 1987 to 1992: Artistic Consultant of the Teatro Comunale of Treviso where, in collaboration with and under the management of Peter Maag, he promoted and supervised “La Bottega”, a project for young singers linked to the “Toti del Monte” Voice Competition.

From 1995 to 1998: Artistic Consultant of the Teatro Regio in Parma.

From April 2000: Artistic Director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

From December 2000 to 2006: Artistic Director of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Since 2005: Artistic Consultant for the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali-Teatro Dal Verme of Milan.

From 2007 to July 2010: Artistic Consultant for the Ministry Commissioner at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to January 2013: Artistic Director of the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation.

In 2009: Artistic Consultant of the Arena di Verona.

In 2011-2012: Artistic Director of the Festival Internazionale della Cultura of Bergamo.

As a teacher, Gianni Tangucci has given a course at the Scuola Musicale of Fiesole (Biennial Course for Musical Operators – Tuscany Region); a course about the history and methods of artistic-musical management at the University of Parma, Department of Musicology; a course about marketing techniques and marketing of entertainment at the Cattaneo Institute in Rome; a master course in management of entertainment at SDA Bocconi in Milan; various masterclasses at the Festival Internazionale della Cultura of Bergamo, at the Scuola dell’Opera of Bologna and at the Festival della Valle d’Itria.

From June 2013 to October 2014: Artistic Coordinator of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

From February to December of 2015: Artistic Director of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

From January 2016 to present date: Artistic Coordinator of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.


Paolo Pinamonti

Paolo Pinamonti (born in 1958) graduated in Philosophy at the University of Venice (in 1983) and in piano at the C. Pollini  Conservatory in Padua (in 1981).

Pinamonti has been teaching History of Film Soundtracks and History of Contemporary Music at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

1997 – 2000: Artistic Director of Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

2001 – 2007: Superintendent and Artistic Director at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon.

2007 – 2010: Artistic Director of the Festival Mozart in La Coruña.

2011 – 2014: Artistic Director of the Terras sem Sombra Festival of Sacred Music in Baixo Alentejo (Portugal).

From 2011 to 2015: Artistic Director of Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, where the staging of Asenjo Barbieri’s  Los diamantes de la corona  was nominated for a prize at the Opera Awards in London in 2015.

2019: Artistic Director of the 67th edition of the Ravello Festival.

From November 2015 to 31 March 2020: Artistic Director of the Fondazione Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. At present, Pinamonti is the Artistic Director of the Macerata Opera Festival.

Since January 2019, he has been a member of the Patronato de la Fundación Archivo Manuel de Falla in Granada (Spain).


Paulo Abrão Esper

Paulo Abrão Esper was born in Jacareí, Brazil, where he was awarded the title as a well-deserving citizen by the local Chamber of Deputies.

In 1991, he created the “Cia Ópera São Paulo”, of which he is the General Manager and Artistic Director, and the Friends of Opera Association in Jacareí.

He started his artistic career as a tenor and had his debut at the Teatro Comunale de São Paulo. With the Cia de Ópera he has staged over 1,700 shows all over Brazil, 70 operas and 300 recitals.

In 1993,  Abrão Esper created the Maria Callas Brazilian Voice Competition and an event called Great Voices of Opera, which have brought to Brazil artists such as Magda Olivero, Fedora Barbieri, Fiorenza Cossotto, Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva, Gabriella Tucci, Renato Bruson, Juan Pons, Jaime Aragall, Katia Ricciarelli, Mariella Devia, Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato and many others for concerts, recitals, masterclasses and as members of juries.

He has been a member of the jury in several international voice competitions. The city of Sirmione awarded him a prize for his competition named after Maria Callas, which will reach its 21st consecutive edition in 2023, during the celebrations for the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the famous Greek singer.

Since 2001, Paulo Abrão Esper has been an advisor at the Istituto di Cultura Italiano in São Paulo and the organizer of the “A Caminho do Interior” tour, in which Italian operas such as Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci are staged in different cities.


Sebastian F. Schwarz

Born in Rostock, Germany, in 1974, Sebastian F. Schwarz took the equivalent to B.A. “sehr gut” in Musicology from Freie Universität Berlin, carried out vocal studies at Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice, Italy, and graduated “summa cum laude” in Theatre Administration and Entertainment Artistic Techniques at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Later he collaborated with the Bayreuther Festival and dealt with the organization of several masterclasses in Leadership and Management Development in Vienna and in Strategic Leadership in England.

He started his professional career in 1991 at the Volkstheater in Rostock, at the Dramaturgy department and as a Stage Manager; then he engaged in community service within a program of humanitarian aid in Moscow and Voronezh, and worked as the External Consultant for Public Relations at the Helikon Opera House in Moscow.

In 1998, Schwarz moved to Venice, where he was a language coach for German, English and Russian productions at the Teatro La Fenice. In 2002, he was entrusted with the management of the opera department at Walter Beloch Artists Management. In 2004, he worked for the Company Management at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and, in 2007, he was appointed Assistant to the Director of Opera at Hamburgische Staatsoper in Germany.

In 2010, at the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik, he contributed to the foundation of the Pietro Antonio Cesti International Voice Competition for Baroque Opera, of which he was the Artistic Director and head of the jury until 2016.

In 2015, he started his career as university professor at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and from current year, he has also taught at Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

He is regularly invited to teach in masterclasses and workshops held by Plácido Domingo, Galina Vishnevskaja and Jury Bashmet.

From 2008 to 2016, Schwarz was the Director of Artistic Administration and Casting Manager of the Theater an der Wien; moreover, from 2012 to 2016, he has also been the Artistic Director of the Kammeroper Wien and founder of the Young Artist Program at the Theater an der Wien (JET).

From 2016 to 2018 he held the position as Superintendent and Artistic Director of the Glyndebourne Festival, where his programming was a great success, particularly the new production Hipermestra by Francesco Cavalli, directed by Graham Vick, the world premiere of Hamlet by Brett Dean, under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski, and Vanessa by Samuel Barber staged by Keith Warner and directed by Jakůb Hruša. In 2018, he created and presided over the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international opera voice competition. He was also engaged in the organization of the program and tours of the festival up to 2021.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Opera Europa and of the National Opera Studio in London. Since 2017, he has been sitting in the Council of the Europäischen Musiktheater – akademie (European Academy of Musical Theatre). From 2018, he has been a member of the International Richard Strauss Society and from 2019 of the International Richard Wagner Society.

As an enthusiast learner of languages, he fluently speaks German, English, Russian, Italian, Czech, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

In 2015 the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, awarded him the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.

From 24 July 2019 to 11 September 2020, he was the General Manager of the Teatro Regio Torino, as well as the Artistic Director, a position he is still holding after the appointment of Rosanna Purchia as Extraordinary Commissioner.

Schwarz is also the Artistic Director of the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and of the Accademia del belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti”.