Meet Our 2019 Judges
Roberto Kalb
Resident Conductor & Head of Music, Opera Theatre of St. Louis. A native of Mexico City, Mr. Kalb holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is Resident Conductor and Head of Music at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and has been hailed by Opera News for his “buoyant conducting (that) simultaneously led and followed singers.
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Nino Sanikidze
Head Coach, Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Los Angeles Opera. Dr. Nino Sanikidze has served as Head Coach for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LAOpera since the program’s inception in 2006. She also serves on LAO Music staff as pianist and prompter, working closely with Placido Domingo and James Conlon.
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Melissa Wegner
Executive Director, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Melissa Wegner joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Council Auditions (MONCA). She auditions hundreds of young singers annually and is passionate about assisting them with their career development. Ms. Wegner hears artists in stage and screening auditions at the Met and is responsible for casting workshops for the Met’s New Opera Commissions.
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