Jury members 2019

Nomeda Kazlaus, Lithuania, chairperson

NOMEDA KAZLAUS, international opera diva, one of the most outstanding Lithuanian opera sopranos of the contemporary generation of singers; laureate of four internartional singing competitions; TV host; vocal professor; jury chair and member of many international competitions, winner of the Lithuanian Ministery of Culture Young Artist 2007 award. She is author and host of the „Skambantys pasauliai su Nomeda Kazlaus” (The Ringing Worlds with Nomeda Kazlaus) talk show series at the Lithuanian National TV where she interviews world-famous music personalities like Montserrat Caballe, Christoph Eschenbach, Sarah Brightman, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sasha Walz etc. N.Kazlaus is a chair of Eurovision National Jury in Lithuania (2016); chair of Lithuanian national singers‘ competition named after V. Jonuskaite-Zauniene; chair of „Music Talent League” (2016); jury member of the „Golden Voice“. She is a founder of the international annual vocal and stage acting
masterclasses in Lithuania Nomeda Kazlaus’ Summer Academy of Vocal and Acting Techniques (the project started as PALANGA SUMMER ACADEMY - ’PALANGOS VASAROS AKADEMIJA’); author of singing master classes at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (2014). N.Kazlaus is as frequent a guest on some of the most prestigious European theatre and concert stages, international festivals as she stars in international productions. She has been performing along a 20th century opera legend Montserrat Caballe since 2000. International reviewers describe the singer as being gifted with an impressive and powerful voice of rich and vibrant color, vast range, exceptional musicality, perfect pitch on every register, emotional precision, enchanting acting and personal charm.

Sergejs Jegers, Latvia

Sergejs Jegers was born in 1979, in Jelgava, Latvia. After attending the Riga Music Boarding School, he entered the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s degree in 2005, (professor Karlis Zarins). Sergejs has also enriched his mastership by studying in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (professor Andreas Sholl) and in master classes (professor Robert Expert) in France. In 2005, the singer performed solo concerts in the Mezzanine Hall of the Latvian National Opera. In 2007 he had his solo concert on the Main Hall stage at the Latvian National Opera and in 2006 at the Blackheads House in Riga.
Sergejs Jeger’s opera debut took place in the role of the Angel in Rubinstein’s opera Demon at the Latvian National Opera in 2004. With this role he also delighted the audience in Opera Festival in Savonlinn, Finland in 2004. Sergejs has performed in many operas: as Orpheus in Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Euridice at the Cesis Cultural Centre in 2004; in the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in 2004 at the Latvian National Opera; in the title role in Handel’s opera Rinaldo at the Rundale castle in 2004. Jegers has also taken part in the performances which includes Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s cantatas Gloria, Stabat Mater, Cessate, o mai cessate, o mie porpore piu belle, Nisi Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bah’s Mark’s passion, Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and other works. Jegers has also participated as the only countertenor contestant in the finals of the prestigious vocal competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005 and has achieved significant 6th place among 25 finalists. In September 2008 the singer got into semi final at Luciano Pavarotti’s Tenor Contest in St Petersburg, Russia.

Tatyana Smelkova, Russia

Professor, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of Russia. Since 2004 - Head of the Department of Solo Singing of the Russian State Pedagogical University named after Alexander Herzen. Member of the jury of a number of international competitions, head of the largest in Russia (over 200 participants) International Boris Shtokolov vocal competition. Her students successfully perform on the stages of the countries of Europe, Asia and America, she has brought up more than twenty laureates of international vocal competitions.

Elena Ryazantseva, Russia

Elena Ryazantseva (Russia) is the classical singer, the actress, the teacher of the highest qualification category. She graduated from the graduate school of the Russian University of theatre arts (GITIS), also she was teaching there. Elena worked as the editor of the popular and music programs on TV. Now she is the teacher of vocal and the head of the theatre of singing "The Stars", giving the lessons and master classes according to her own complex system of training of academic vocal, she has also methodological works and publications of scientific materials. Elena is a member of jury of various vocal competitions in Russia and abroad.

Tatyana Rudneva, Kazakhstan

Tatyana Rudneva (soprano) she graduated from Kurmangazy Alma-Ata State Conservatory on class of solo signing in 1985. She got the second higher education on specialty “Psychology” in 2007. She graduated from fellowship of Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russia) on specialty “Academic Signing”. Term of pedagogical employment is more than thirty years. At the present time she is docent of department “Vocal Art and Conducting” of the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana. Kazakhstan).

T.N. Rudneva works with all signing voices, conducts class of solo signing and chamber class, reads lecture courses on methods and history of vocal art. Students of T.N. Rudneva class a lot of times were laureates of international and republican contests. Alumni of her class successfully continue professional activity as soloists of opera theatres, philharmonias in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and also as pedagogues of academic and variety vocal in musical colleges and higher educational institutions. Scientific and pedagogic activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by writing of scientific articles and monographs on issues of history of establishment and development of Kazakhstan’s vocal art.

Concert and performance activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by solo concerts, creative contests, master classes, recordings on television. She sang solemn “Mass” during the official visit of head of the Roman-Catholic Church Pope John Paul the II in Kazakhstan in 2001. She sang solo concert “Ave Maria” dedicated to victims of terror of the XX century for religious confessions of the CIS countries and abroad in 2002. Ten musical and thematic programs were recorded on the republican television: “A.S. Pushkin and Music”, “A. Akhmatova in Music”, “Musical Heritage of Abai Kunanbayev”, “Romances of P.I. Tchaikovsky”, “Russian Romance of the XVIII-XIX Centuries”, “Evening of Classical Operetta” and others. Foundation recordings “Russian Folk Songs” and “Kazakh Folk Songs” were executed on all-Union radio.

Tatyana Rudneva is laureate of international contests, Honoured Worker of Education of the RK.

Galina Boyko, Russia

Russian soprano Galina Boyko was born in Moscow in the family of musicians.

Galina was a student of Moscow Academy of Music named after Gnessyns (vocal singing – class professor Sheveliova) when she began to sing in opera.

At present Galina Boyko was a soloist of the MOSCOW MUSICAL THEATRE named after STANISLAVSKY and NEMIROVICH-DANCHENKO from  1987 to 2009. She performed in this theatre all leading parts for coloratura soprano. Rosina (IL Barbiere di Siviglia),  Iolanta (Iolanta), Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila), Arsena (Zigeunerbaron), Konstanza (Die Entfuhrung  aus dem Serail). From 1997-1999 Galina Boyko worked with Moscow Academic Satz’s Children Musical Theatre. She performed KONIGEN DER NACHT (Zauberflote). 

 Galina Boyko had a contract with BOLSHOI THEATRE in Moscow from 1994 to 2005. She performed ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), QUEEN OF SHEMAKHA (Golden Cockerel), ANTONIDA (Ivan Susanin). She released solo CD with Music Director and Chief Conductor Bolshoi Theatre Alexander Vedernikov.

In 2009, September – signed contract with Moscow Philarmonia.

In May (1998, 1999) Galina Boyko sang concerts in Hague on Birthday of Queen Netherlands. In January 2005 Galina Boyko with delegation from Russia with Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) at the head took part in Days of Russian Culture in Kazakhstan. She sang 2 parts in Opera Theater in Alma-Ata – Rosina (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”)  and Gilda (“Rigoletto”). After these performances she took part in concert in Days Russian and Byelorussian Culture in Moscow.  Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) and Alexander Lukashenko (President of Belarus) were on this concert.

Galina has many performances and spectacles at Opera Theatres and Festivals in Russia and abroad. Festival of Modern Music in FRANKFURT, International Music Festival in ST. PETERSBURG, FESTIVAL RADIO FRANCE, “31st MAY OPERA EVENINGS” (Macedonia), “EL JEM” (Tunis), “Larnaca Festival of Classical Music” (Cyprus), “OCHRID SUMMER FESTIVAL” (Macedonia) and other different International Music Festivals.She performed  leading parts: ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), VIOLETTA (Traviata), GILDA (Rigoletto),  MICAELA (Carmen), and others

Galina Boyko sang main female part PAK CHOU HI in first Russian – Korean opera “LI SUN SIN” by Vladislav Agafonnikov. 2003,2004.

Galina Boyko works with TV and Radio.



G. Boyko worked with B. POKROVSKY, K. MULLER

Maria Aria, Russia

Maria Aria is a well-known chamber music singer. She has an amazingly beautiful voice with a silvery timbre and sonority.

At the famous opera stages of Moscow, the singer sang Tatiana's parts (P. I. Tchaikovsky

"Eugene Onegin"), Rosina (G. Rossini "The Barber of Seville"), Mimi (G. Puccini

"Bohemia"). She toured with a great success in the leading opera houses (incl.

Staatsoper in Berlin) and festivals in Latvia, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria,

Spain; successfully collaborates with famous conductors and chamber orchestras from

Russia and Europe (Justus Franz, Harry Curtis).

The singer was awarded several prestigious awards and diplomas at international competitions. In

1986 at the contest of authentic music in Ireland (Cork) she was awarded with a diploma of the Laureate of the II degree with the awarding of the title "Silver soprano".

In 1993 she became the laureate of the II degree of the International Competition in France


In 2008, Maria Aria, along with organist Alexei Shmitov, had recorded her first

solo disc with spiritual works of Russian and French masters.

In 2015, Maria Aria successfully performed in St. Paul's Basilica of San-

Paolo-fuori-le-Mura (Vatican) with the orchestra and the Philharmonic of Nations choir (conductor Justus Franz, 2nd symphony by H. Mahler).


Alongside with her concert activity, Maria Aria - Associate Professor of the academic vocal department

at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow).

Kirsti Tuominen , Turku Finland

Kirsti Tuominen, a soprano, has graduated as a teacher of classical singing from The Conservatory of Turku. Since then she has taken several master classes, for example with Irina Arhipova, Gerhard Kahry, Silvia Geszty and Eva Blahova. She has also studied further singing in Berlin, London, Vienna and Praque.

 She has worked as a teacher of classical singing at The Conservatory of Turku, Turku college of music and Turku High School of Applied Sciences. Currently she teaches at Puolalanmäki High School of Music.

 As a Singer Kirsti Tuominen is extremely versatile, she has performed in various operas, operettas and musicals as well as a soloist with numerous orchestras. She has also performed in dozens of recitals, and been working as an actress on numerous theatre productions.

Aga Winska, Poland

Aga Winska was born in Warsaw (Poland), graduated with Distinction from the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in her native city. There also, while still a student, she made her debut in the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. As Poland’s top arts student in higher education, in 1986 she received the prize and scholarship awarded by the Polish Minister of Arts and Culture. She won the first prize (Grand Prix), the Oratorio Prize and the Alex de Vries special prize (for prominent musical talent) in the Queen Elizabeth International Singing Competition in Brussels (1988) followed by the first prize for operetta in the Gascogne International Singing Competition in France (1999). She appears as the main roles’ soloist on the principal European stages: in Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper – Theater an der Wien), Stockholm (Drottningholm Theatermuseum), Brussels (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie), Paris (Le Châtelet), Antwerp (De Vlaamse Opera) as well as in Polish theatres: in Szczcin, Krakow and Warsaw (Opera Kameralna, Teatr Wielki). She sings in renowned concert halls in Europe (Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Hanover, Luxemburg, Oslo, Bergen), America (USA and Canada) and the Far East (Japan and China). She has worked with many famous conductors (Nicolas Hornoncourt, Arnold Östman, Sylvain Cambreling, Grant Llewellyn, Emil Tchakaroff, Theodor Guschlbauer, Harald Williams, Guido Rumstadt, Edmond Saveniers, Hugues Reiner, Pierre Bartholomée, Patrick Peire, Georges Octors), is regularly invited to the leading European music festivals (Festival van Vlaandern, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Languedoc-Rousillon, Bergen Festival.

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