Meet our Judges
Mary Jane Johnson is a renowned dramatic soprano and one of opera’s
premiere interpreters. Her most celebrated roles include Minnie, Salome,
Turandot, Tosca, Senta and Electra. She has performed throughout the
world with many prominent opera companies including the Metropolitan
Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opera Bastille, Teatro Colon, Teatro Municipal
de Santiago, Teatro San Paulo, San Francisco Opera, Netherlands Opera,
Washington National Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago,
Houston Grand Opera, Montreal Opera, Vancouver Opera, and Santa Fe
Opera. She appeared with Luciano Pavarotti in a televised performance
of Puccini’s La Bohéme as Musetta with the Opera Company of
Philadelphia. Her television credits include the nationally televised
Pavarotti Plus Gala, Live from Lincoln Center and CBS Sunday
Morning. In addition to conducting master classes throughout the U.S., Ms. Johnson currently
serves as Professor of Voice and Artist in Residence at Amarillo College and is co-founder of the
Taos Opera Institute, where she presently serves as Artistic Director.
Guy Montavon is General Manager of the Erfurt Opera
Company and Honorary Consul from Switzerland in Germany.
He began his career as a bassoonist, receiving his diploma from
the Geneva Conservatory and continued his studies in Musical
Theater direction at the Hamburg Academy of Drama and Music
under the famous German director Götz Friedrich. He served as
Assistant Director at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and as Artistic
Director and Deputy Operatic Director for the Bonn Opera House.
He also directed for the opera houses in Hamburg, Berlin,
Stuttgart, Bregenz, Barcelona as well as the Metropolitan Opera.
In 2008 he received a “Chevalier des arts et lettres” from the
French Republic for his life-long commitment to furthering the arts in France and
throughout the world.
David Speers served as General and Artistic Director of Opera Hamilton
for the last ten years. He previously served as General Director of
Arizona Opera for five years and Calgary Opera for ten years, where he
led the company to an artistically acclaimed 25th Anniversary Season.
Mr. Speers’ passions include conception and implementation of
numerous Adult Education, Teacher In-Service, and Continuing
Education programs both at the University and Public School levels. Mr.
Speers received a Bachelor and Master of the Arts degree from the
University of Alberta and continued with post graduate conducting
studies at The Juilliard School of Music. He served as Chair of the
Compagnies d'opéra professionnelles du Canada and on the Board of
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/1/2016
Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017
12:00 to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:00 pm Matinee
Contact: John Massaro
Phone: (623) 308-5293