Jury 2014

The Jury at the Sibelius Academy on 4 August 2014. Photo: Heikki Tuuli

Chair

Jorma Silvasti

The chairman of the Jury in 2014 Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition is the same as in 2009, Artistic Director at Savonlinna Opera Festival Jorma Silvasti.
Guest appearances have taken Jorma Silvasti to such illustrious venues as the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Berlin, Munich and Paris.

 

 

Members

Franz Grundheber

His over 40-year long career makes German bass-baritone Franz Grundheber unique in the music world of today. Just as unusual is the fact that he has distinguished himself equally in German as well as Italian opera. Awarded the honorary title of Kammersänger by the Vienna State Opera, he has sung leading roles in many of that Opera’s premieres and repertory performances.
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Maria Guleghina

Dramatic soprano Maria Guleghina is particularly famous for her interpretations of Tosca and Turandot. She began her professional career at the State Opera in Minsk in 1985 and a year later made her international debut at La Scala, Milan, where she has since starred in 15 new productions.
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Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner is universally renowned as a fine dramatic tenor who excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner’s Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi’s Otello and Berlioz’s Aeneas. He is acclaimed worldwide for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense.
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Robert Holl

Bass-baritone Robert Holl got launched on an international career on winning the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in 1972. After three years as a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, he was for many years a distinguished concert singer working with celebrated conductors. He later returned to opera, singing leads in the great Mozart and Wagner repertoire.
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Andrea Rost

Winner of the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 1989, Andrea Rost now returns to serve on the competition’s Jury. Making her debut in her native Budapest in 1989, she was soon engaged by the Vienna State Opera.
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Nathalie Stutzmann

Nathalie Stutzmann has an outstanding career as both contralto and conductor. A model musician, she began her studies at a very young age, in piano, bassoon, chamber music and conducting. In recent seasons has been hugely acclaimed for her performances of Mahler.
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Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt is increasingly recognised as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities.
Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence.
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