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38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

Jury Committee

Guy Montavon

General Director (Opera House Erfurt)

Guy Montavon has been General Director of Opera House Erfurt since 2002. In this theatre, with an annual budget of 21.7 millions euros, he overseas the curtain-up on 317 productions every year. As General Manager he also runs the DomStufen-Festival in Erfurt. Βorn in 1961 in Geneva, Montavon gained a diploma as a bassoon player at the Conservatoire and was Assistant Director on the legendary Parsifal with Rolf Liebermann at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He worked two years at the Internationalen Jugendfestspiele in Bayreuth and was musical assistant for Horst Stein for his last Parsifal in Bayreuth in 1982. At the same time he studied Musical Theatre Direction with the famous director Götz Friedrich at the Hamburg College of Music and Performing Arts with a speciality in the interpretation of Richard Wagner's operas. As assistant to the director Gian-Carlo del Monaco, Guy Montavon worked at a number of European opera houses as well as the New York Metropolitan Opera.
After completing his studies in 1986, he directed at the Hamburg State Opera, in Livorno, Lyon, Bremerhaven, Pisa, Bremen, St Gallen, Montpellier and Saarbrücken. From 1992 to 1995, he was permanent Main Director and Deputy Opera Manager at the Opera House in the Federal City of Bonn. Ηe also staged Bizet's Carmen for the opening of the new Finnish National Opera in 1993 in Helsinki. In 2005 he staged the world première of Philip Glass's Waiting for the Barbarians in Erfurt. This staging has also been performed at the National Opera in Amsterdam, Austin, Texas, and at the Barbican Hall in London. As a Wagner specialist he directed Der Fliegende Holländer for the Taiwan Opera, as well as in Lyon and, of course, Erfurt. His famous Tannhäuser production was noteworthy for its glorious opening evening at the Teatro Communale di Bologna in 2011.
Guy Montavon is a member of the Board of the German Stage Association, Thuringia, Chairman of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, President of the Lyric Opera Chamber of Thuringia, member of the Board of Directors of Jeunesses Musicales of Germany, member of the international Richard Wagner society, General Secretary of the European Theatre Directors' Guild in Paris (CPDO), while teaching regularly at the University of Tokyo. Additionally, he became a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres of the République Française, and is also Swiss Honorary Consul in Germany. He is often a member of the jury for a number of well-known singing competitions.