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38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

Jury Committee

Sherill Milnes

Baritone Sherrill Milnes, a five-time Grammy nominated and three-time Grammy winner, is internationally recognised as the leading Verdi baritone of his time. His remarkable voice, artistic integrity, and commanding stage presence have made him a favourite with all audiences. Milnes has conquered all of the great opera houses of the world, such as Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; Berlin's Deutsche Oper; the Paris Opera; Buenos Aires' famed Teatro Colόn; the Liceu in Barcelona; the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; the Hamburg Opera; Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre; and the Salzburg Festival. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami, and Denver, among others, in the United States. 
At the Metropolitan Opera, where he has appeared in more than 650 performances over a 32-year span, he has been honoured with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts. Milnes has also been in great demand as a recitalist and in concert, appearing on the world's major recital stages with the great orchestras of North America and Europe. He has had the honour of performing for every United States President since Gerald Ford. Sherrill serves as founder and Artistic Director of two organisations, VOICExperience (since 2001) and The Savannah VOICE Festival (since 2013), whose mission is to preserve and nurture great singing at its highest artistic level. These organisations work to train and cultivate artists and audiences, which suits Milnes well as he has worked extensively with young singers throughout his career as mentor and educator. He has led master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, at most major universities throughout the country, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. More extensive teaching has been done at the Yale University School of Music; Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow; the Northern Royal College of Music in Manchester; the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, in Montreal and Puerto Rico, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy. 
He is a Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus from Northwestern University and now teaches master classes and workshops for universities and programmes internationally and has judged many international opera competitions. Additionally, he is a Commendatore of the Italian Republic, a Chevalier of Arts and Lettres of the French Government and has received the prestigious Lincoln Academy Award. Among seven honorary doctorates and awards, he received the 'Opera News Award' in 2008.  His autobiography, 'American Aria: From Farm Boy to Opera Star', is in its second printing.