The international judges’ panel appointed by the Irun Local Council will be made up of respected, prestigious professionals from the music world. The names of the panel members will be announced at the moment of the draw. Their verdict is final and not open to appeal.
Vincenzo de Vivo
President of the jury
Vincenzo De Vivo (Salerno, 1957) has worked with different cultural institutions as director and consultant since 1982. He has been the artistic director of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi and the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano. He has been deputy manager of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, artistic consultant for the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and the Teatro Comunale in Treviso, assistant artistic director at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, managing artistic director at the Teatro La Fenice of Venice, as well as a member of the Board of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna. He has also worked with the RAI, the SDR of Stuttgart and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.
He is on the judging panels of many international music competitions in Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, Korea, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Japan.
He has published several essays on Italian opera, as well as librettos for many composers: including Dall'Ongaro, Ferrero, Festa, Rendine, Taralli, as well as rhythmic translations of the Italian operas of Bizet, and of Mozart, Offenbach and Strauss J. Jr.
He is currently the artistic director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Accademia di Arte Lirica in Osimo.
He teaches at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and has worked in collaboration with the Accademia della Scala in Milan, the Scuola dell’Opera in Bologna and the Treviso theatres.
Born in Irun (Spain), Carmen Arbizu obtained degrees in both Song and Piano from the ‘Pablo Sarasate' Conservatoire of Pamplona, combining them with a Teaching degree. She also studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid, where she was taught by Félix Lavilla, and in Paris under the maestros Paul Schilhawsky and Gerard Souzay.
She was a member of the Musical Events Committee of the University of Navarra and the Pablo Sarasate Vocal Quartet. She has sung in many recitals, oratorios and zarzuelas throughout Spain.
She successfully completed the state teaching exams and was awarded teaching positions in the Bilbao and Oviedo conservatoires, where she began her teaching career. She was later appointed vocal professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra (Navarre Conservatoire).
Focusing on teaching, she did her PhD at the Public University of Navarra. She currently runs the Vocal Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra. Several of her pupils have been awarded national and international singing prizes.
She has taught Technique and Vocal Interpretation at the University of Oviedo, the Zaragoza Conservatoire, the Choir Federation of Navarra, the Choral Society of Pamplona, the Chamber Choir of Pamplona, the Easo Choir and the Donostiarra Choral Society. Between 1992 and 1998, she was the music chair of the Ateneo Navarro (Navarre Athenaeum).
For six years she was the Director of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra. She was a member of the Council of Artistic Teaching at the Ministry of Education.
She currently sits on the Navarre Board of Culture.
Juan Carlos Sancho
Given the fact that he is from Bilbao, the following would need to be highlighted with respect to his relationship with music.
In 1980 he joined the Orfeón Baracaldés (Choral Society of Barakaldo) in which he also participated as a soloist. In 1982/83 he studied singing under the teacher Consuelo Azcoaga and became a member of the Chamber Choir of Bilbao.
In the field of music management, he was appointed chairman of the Orfeón Baracaldés in May 1984. He later founded the Coral Zigor and was appointed its first chairman. From this organisation he collaborated alongside the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in coordinating the European Year of Music as well as the Tributes to Guridi and Arriaga. As a member of the Founding Executive Committee of the International Singing Competition of Bilbao, he collaborated in three of its editions and also in organising the Operas of the Winners.
He was the author of the libretto for “Cantata por la Paz”, which was premièred in Bilbao (Cathedral of Santiago) in 1990. He also collaborated in the drafting of the Project for the 4th World Congress on Musical Theatre and with various mass media in which he has had various articles published dealing with the world of Classical Music.
In 1991 he founded the IBERKONZERT Entertainment Agency of which he is currently its Executive Chairman.
Born in Salerno (Italy), Aldo Salvagno graduated with honours in History of Music from DAMS at the University of Bologna, and has a Diploma in Composition from the Bologna Conservatoire.
He began conducting orchestras in Bologna in 1994 and was then engaged as a permanent assistant at the Vittorio Emanuele Theatre in Messina (Sicily) between 1995 and 1997 to prepare the choir, the orchestra and the soloists. He combined this with conducting work for Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ at the Bologna Conservatoire and many concerts.
In 2016, Aldo Salvagno conducted La Bohème (Puccini) with the orchestra of the Torre del Lago – Puccini Festival, The Pearl Fishers by Bizet in Spain, La Traviata and Il Trovatore in Ferrara (Italy).
In 2015, he conducted Romeo and Juliette (Gounod) in Spain and then a touring production of Tosca in Italy and Spain with the Rossini Orchestra of Pesaro, as well as a touring production of Don Pasquale.
In 2014, he conducted the New Year Concert at the Palais de L’Europe in Menton, The Elixir of Love (Teatro D'Annunzio, Latina), a touring production of Madame Butterfly in the north of Italy (Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Teatro Consorziale in Budrio, Teatro Borgatti in Cento, etc.) and in Spain (Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastian, Vitoria, Irun and Mondragón with the Pesaro Rossini Orchestra) as well as The Elixir of Love and the Petite Messe Solenelle by Rossini.
In 2013 Aldo Salvagno conducted Luisa Miller at the Teatro Superga in Nichelino (Turin), a touring production of La Cenerentola (Italy and Spain: Budrio, Teatro Consorziale, Imperia, Teatro Cavour, Teatro Amaia, Irun, Spain), a lyrical concert in Tokyo, Rigoletto in Budrio, Ernani in Lecco, Milan, The Merry Widow in Irun (Spain).
In the field of symphonic music, Aldo Salvagno has conducted many orchestras, including the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Kyoto Philharmonic Orchestra, the Piedmont Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grosseto Symphony Orchestra, the ‘Arturo Toscanini’ Symphony Orchestra of Parma, the Italian International Orchestra, the ‘Maderna’ Orchestra of Forlì and the ‘Città di Ferrara’ Orchestra. His most significant international engagements include several concerts in Europe and Asia, one of them to commemorate the anniversary of Verdi's death held in the Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2001, as well as concert tours of Switzerland and Germany with the Piedmont Philharmonic Orchestra, and the world premiere of Lunge, or Profane Love, a sacred cantata composed by Calderara.
In Australia he conducted Madame Butterfly (first version) for the Melbourne Opera in 2004, and Madame Butterfly and Turandot for the State Opera of South Australia (Adelaide) in 2006 and 2008, La Fanciulla del West for the West Australian Opera and the finals of the Mathy Singing Competition (Perth) in 2009.
In 2002 he made his Japanese debut conducting Il Tabarro and Cavalleria Rusticana in Nagoya and was invited back in 2004 to conduct Madame Butterfly at the Kyoto Concert Hall, returning again in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He made his North American debut in 2005 conducting the Dearborn, Livonia and Plymouth Symphony Orchestras.
He was appointed Chief Conductor of the Piedmont Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 and musical director in 2007 for the Colzani Singing Competition at the Teatro Consorziale in Budrio. Aldo Salvagno has also held the position of Chief Conductor at the Irun Theatre (Spain). He has taught several vocal master-classes in Holland and Italy with June Anderson, as well as in France (Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris), in Japan (every year since 2003), in Australia (2006-2008-2009), in China (2012) and at the Oper Frankfurt. He also taught at the University of Bologna from 1998 to 2000 and has written a book about the life and works of Stefano Pavesi that was published by LIM in 2016.
He has recorded a DVD of the opera Ero e Leandro, a CD of Bottesini (2009), and the world premiere recording of the bass singer Roberto Scandiuzzi (published by Dynamic).
Ana María Sánchez
Born in Elda (Alicante), Ana María Sánchez first entered the music world as a member of the Orfeón Polifónico del C.E.E. She holds a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Alicante, which awarded her the “Laurel de Oro de las Artes” accolade in the year 2000.
She studied singing first under Dolores Pérez at the “Óscar Esplá” Advanced Music Conservatory in Alicante, and later under Isabel Penagos and Miguel Zanetti at the Madrid Advanced School of Singing, where she won the extraordinary “Lola Rodríguez de Aragón” graduate award.
Her many awards and accolades include the Prize for the best musical performance in Basque at the 4th International Voice Competition of Bilbao (1992) and second prize at the 30th “Città di Enna” International Competition in Italy (1993).
Following her debut in Palma de Mallorca with Nabucco, she received many invitations to sing in some of the most important theatres of both Europe and America. Her repertoire includes over forty operatic roles, which she combines with chamber music and oratorio concerts and recitals.
She has recorded many albums, including La vida breve by M. de Falla, El Pesebre by P. Casals, Maror by M. Palau, Réquiem by G. Verdi, Zarzuela by various composers, Dúos de Zarzuela by various composers, Concierto Lírico de ópera y zarzuela, Ildegonda by E. Arrieta, Gernika by F. Escudero, Juan José by P. Sorozábal and Le roi de Lahore by J. Massenet. She has also participated in the following recordings made by the Spanish Radio and Television Company RTVE: Gala Lírica II, Damas del Canto, El dúo de La Africana, Voces de Zarzuela and Clásicos Populares 9.
She combines her professional singing activities with her teaching career, lecturing in Singing at San Sebastián’s Musikene and Barcelona’s Conservatorio del Liceo.
She is a Tenured Lecturer at the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Art in Valencia and recently received the Encomienda de Número (Commander by Number) honour of the Royal Order of Civilian Merit.
Vocal professor for the International University Course on Spanish Music in Santiago de Compostela. Vocal professor for the Musical Performance and Research Master’s Degree Course at the Óscar Esplá Conservatoire in Alicante.
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