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13th International Mozart Competition
Voice: Jury

  • Barbara BonneyVorsitz
    Barbara Bonney is a lied and concert singer and has been described as one of the best performers of Mozart and Strauss of her generation. She is renowned for the radiant tone of her voice, and her interpretation of the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss is legendary. She is popular because of her warm-hearted personality and because of her versatile and broad-ranging repertoire extending from Baroque to 20th-century music. She has made over 100 recordings with Decca, DGG, EMI and Teldec and has performed with the most renowned conductors and the world’s best orchestras.
    Barbara Bonney performed in major opera houses and the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world. Her extensive recordings comprise sacred music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. She is to be heard on complete opera recordings of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus and Fidelio conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and The Merry Widow conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has recorded 15 solo CDs of lieder by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf and Mendelssohn, accompanied by Geoffrey Parsons. Her recordings on the Decca/London label contain a selection of American songs accompanied by André Previn on the piano and including Previn’s compositions Vocalise and Miss Sallie Chisum remembers Billy the Kid, which was written for Barbara Bonney, Copland’s Emily Dickinson Songs, Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, and Six Elizabethan Songs by Dominick Argento; lieder by Robert and Clara Schumann, Frauenliebe und -leben, with Vladimir Ashkenazy as accompanist; a Philips recording of Poulenc’s comic opera, Les mamelles de Tirésias, with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra; and a Decca/London CD of songs by Richard Strauss, including the Four Last Songs with the pianist Malcolm Martineau.
    The Scandinavian CD Diamonds in the Snow with Antonio Pappano won a Gramophone Award for the best solo recording. Barbara Bonney also recorded a CD of early Elizabethan songs together with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music; a CD of scenes from operas by Richard Strauss with Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach; an operetta album with Ronald Schneider at the piano, a CD of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater together with Andreas Scholl and Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset.
    Barbara Bonney has frequently also been invited to give her expert opinion during the internationally renowned competition Cardiff Singer of the World. She has made documentaries on singing which have been broadcast on BBC Television and in the USA. She has been awarded five honorary doctorates, among others from the University of New Hampshire where she herself studied, from the Bowdoin College in Maine and from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is also a member of the prestigious Swedish Academy of Music.
    Barbara Bonney is currently professor of singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She recently founded her own company and set up a foundation to organize courses and grants for young singers who are on the brink of a singing career. She also founded an ‘Amateur Academy’ in Salzburg and London. This academy offers master-classes and support concerning singing technique for amateur singers. Barbara Bonney is an enthusiastic and skilful golf player.
  • Tobias HasanBerliner Staatsoper, Deutschland
    Tobias Hasan has been Artistic Director of the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden since January 2014. Most recently, he was casting director and chief dispatcher of the Hamburg State Opera. After completing his vocal studies at the Mozarteum University in 2001, he was a member of the Salzburg Festival staff and worked in the Salzburg press offices of the record companies TELDEC, Deutsche Grammophon, DECCA and EMI Classics. Tobias Hasan has been a juror at the Francisco Vinas International Competition in Barcelona for several years.
  • Stephanie WippelCasting/Planungen/Besetzungen Staatsoper Wien, Österreich
    Stephanie Wippel studied arts management and languages at the Karl Franzens University in Graz. At an early age her enthusiasm for music took her to Graz Opera House where as a member of the children’s and extra chorus she took part in several productions. After completing her studies and gaining initial experience at the Washington National Opera directed by Plácido Domingo, she took up her first appointment in arts management in 2006 as press spokeswoman in the Schauspielhaus Graz directed by Anna Badora. In 2007 Stephanie Wippel was appointed to the Vienna State Opera where she worked in the artistic planning office under Ioan Holender during his term as artistic director and later as his personal assistant. In Vienna she continued her music activities singing in the choir as a member of the Vienna Singverein. Stephanie Wippel has been responsible for planning and casting under artistic director Dominique Meyer since 2008.
  • Bernarda FinkKammersängerin, Argentinien
    Bernarda Fink, daughter of Slovenian parents, was born in Buenos Aires and received her musical education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. A sought-after concert and recital singer, she is acclaimed for her musical versatility. Her repertoire ranges from ancient music up to works of the 20th century. Among many others, she frequently appears with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the best known Baroque orchestras under Barenboim, Blomstedt, Bychkov, Chailly, Gardiner, Gergiev, Jacobs, Jansons, Muti, Norrington, Pinnock, Rattle, Saraste and Welser-Möst.
    On stage Bernarda Fink has appeared to critical acclaim in Argentina and at the main opera houses in Europe. Highlights include Mozart’s Cecilio/Lucio Silla (Theater an der Wien), Idamante/Idomeneo (Teatro Real, Madrid) and Handel´s Irene/Theodora (Salzburg Festival). 2017 will see her debut at the Vienna State Opera in Debussy’s Pelleas et Mélisande. She regularly appears in recitals and concerts in Vienna, Schwarzenberg, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, New York and Buenos Aires.
    Highlights of the 2017/2018 concert season include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Andris Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival, Pergolesi´s Stabat Mater in Rome, concerts of Mahler´s 2nd Symphony with Mariss Jansons in Copenhagen, with Jakub Hrůša in Bamberg and at the Ludwig van Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, as well as a tour through South America with the Camerata Salzburg.
    Many of her recordings have been awarded prizes including the Diapason d’Or and Grammy. She was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science, and together with her brother Marcos Fink, the most prestigious cultural award of Slovenia sponsored by the Prešeren Foundation. In September 2014 she received the title of Österreichische Kammersängerin.
  • Josef WallnigUniversität Mozarteum Salzburg, Österreich
    Josef Wallnig studied at what was in those days the Mozarteum Academy (piano, composition), continuing his studies at the Academy of Music in Vienna (conducting under Hans Swarowsky; he received diplomas of distinction in choral and orchestral conducting). Josef Wallnig perfected his conducting studies with Franco Ferrara in Rome. For many years he was Karl Böhm’s assistant at the Salzburg Festival, répétiteur at the Vienna State Opera, kapellmeister at opera houses in Germany and in Salzburg. 
    From 1980 Josef Wallnig was professor of opera interpretation at the Mozarteum University.  For many years he directed the department of opera and for five years was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Mozarteum. He is also the founder of the Institute of Mozart Interpretation at the Mozarteum University. He has conducted and directed master-classes in Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the USA, Siberia, Korea, Japan and Egypt.  He has been a jury in renowned music competitions (ARD Munich, Mozart Singing Competition, Japan, among others). Moreover he is the artistic director of the Ensemble 17, which gives concerts in Austria, Germany and Italy. In April 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
  • Hendrik HeilmannUniversität der Künste Berlin, Deutschland
    Hendrik Heilmann was born in 1979 in Berlin. He initially took piano lessons from Dieter Zechlin and studied composition with Paul-Heinz Dittrich; later he went on to study with Alexander Vitlin and Susanne Grützmann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in his home town and also lied interpretation with Wolfram Rieger. To round off his training Hendrik Heilmann attended master-classes held by Christa Ludwig, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Irwin Gage and Thomas Quasthoff. At the age of 16 Heilmann was awarded a prize in the Steinway Competition. In 2005 he won the special prize for lied interpretation at the international La Voce Competition of Bavarian Radio. He has given guest performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Munich Opera Festival, the Central Rhine Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival in Bad Reichenhall, and has performed in the Musikverein in Vienna, in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and in the Wigmore Hall in London. Her performs regularly in public as a chamber music partner with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. As an accompanist he works together with many renowned singers, for instance the US-American soprano Julie Kaufmann, with Magdalena Kožená, Hanno Müller-Brachmann and the US-American tenor Brenden Gunnell.
    Hendrik Heilmann has been a lecturer in lied interpretation at the University of the Arts and has also taught répétiteurs at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music since 2005.
  • David RendallTenor, Großbritannien
    David Rendall studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His career has taken him to the world's leading opera houses and concert halls, performing with Karajan, Bernstein, Levine, Barenboim, Mehta, Ozawa and many other leading conductors. David’s career has encompassed all the major tenor roles in operas by Donizetti, Rossini, Mozart, Handel, Strauss and Verdi etc. Recent engagements include Otello, Tristan, Gustavus III in Un Ballo in Maschera, Canio (I Pagliacci), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Radames (Aida) and many more. He has also appeared with the Royal Ballet in Les Noces (Stravinsky/Nijinska), Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms/Balanchine) and Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler/MacMillan) in Darcy Bussell’s farewell performances at the Royal Opera House. His career has spanned more than 40 years on the professional stage. David is a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and also teaches and coaches privately.

2017/02/20 - 2017/08/15