Jury

Members of the Jury are Olaf Bär, Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jorma Silvasti (chair).

Olaf Bär

Olaf Bär
German operatic baritone Olaf Bär is considered to be one of the foremost Lieder interpreters of his generation.

Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner
Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is acclaimed worldwide for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense.

François Le Roux

Francois Le Roux
French baritone François Le Roux is known of his vast operatic repertoire, and the critics have appointed him as " the greatest Pelléas of his generation".

Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa
New Zealand born Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is a one of the most famous sopranos in our time. She is critically acclaimed of her repertoire of works by W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Jorma Silvasti

Jorma Silvasti jury image
Finnish operatic tenor Jorma Silvasti made his international breakthrough in Vienna State Opera in 1993. He is also Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. He was the chairman of the Mirjam Helin Competition Jury in 2014 and 2009.