Ajudication Panel
Italian Opera Fellowship Awards 2012


Valeria Esposito

Born in Naples, Valeria Esposito graduated in voice at the Conservatory of Salerno and in Languages at the University
of Naples (English, Russian, French). Later she obtained diplomas in German and Spanish. Valeria won the BBC Cardiff
Singer of the World (1987) and the As.Li.Co. (1987).

Valeria has performed leading roles at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, San Carlo in Naples,
Filarmonico in Verona, Rome Opera, Petruzzelli in Bari, Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Massimo Bellini
in Catania, the Teatros Comunale in Florence, Bologna and Ferrara,Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, Teatro Regio di Parma, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Macerata Opera, Staatsoper in Berlin, Hamburg, and Wien, Oper der Stadt in Bonn,
Liceu in Barcelona, Maestranza of Seville, Baltimore Opera, Opera of Tenerife, Welsh National Opera, Capitole in
Toulouse, Carnegie Hall in New York, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Colon in Buenos Aires, Opéra in Toulon,
Budapest Opera, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Opera House of Copenaghen and Tokyo Opera House.

Roles in her repertoire include: Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Norina in Don Pasquale, Contessa in Le Comte Ory, Folleville in Viaggio a Reims, Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia, Oscar (Ballo in Maschera, Giuletta in Capuleti e Montecchi, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Leyla in Pêcheurs des Perles, Titania in Mignon and Micaela in Carmen. Among her prestigious interpretations are Queen of the Night at the Berlin Staatsoper directed by M° Barenboim, and at La Scala directed by M° Muti, and the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) in Ferrara, directed by M° Claudio Abbado.

In May 2010 she sang ‘Salve Regina’ by Pergolesi in the Sala Nervi of the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedetto XVI. Valeria has published a novel set in the difficult world of Opera, Spirto Gentil (Prospettivaeditrice, 2005), a book of fairy tales, l’Inventafiabe (Statale 11 Editrice, 2007) and a collection of novels Violetta Vendicata e altri fantasmi all’opera (Graus Editore, 2009).

Gianni Tangucci

Gianni Tangucci was born in Pesaro in 1946 and studied music at the Rossini Conservatorio in Pesaro, graduating with a piano diploma at the ‘B. Marcello’ Conservatorio of Venice.

In 1970 Gianni’s career began as 'Maestro Collaboratore' at La Fenice in Venice and in 1978 he was appointed Artistic Secretary. In 1981 he became Director of Technical/Artistic Organisation. In 1983 he was assistant to the Artistic Director of Teatro alla Scala where he worked for two seasons.

In September 1985 Gianni was nominated Artistic Director of Teatro Comunale of Bologna, during the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons. He returned to La Fenice as Artistic Director for the 1987/88 and 1988/89 seasons, after working as artistic consultant for the Genoa Opera House.

From September 1989 to December 1995 Gianni was Vice Artistic Director of Teatro alla Scala of Milan.

From 1987 to 1992 Gianni was Artistic Consultant for the Teatro Comunale of Treviso where he promoted and supervised ‘La Bottega’, a project for young singers, related to the ‘Toti dal Monte’ singing competition.

From 1995-1998 he was Artistic Consultant at Teatro Regio of Parma.

From January 1996 to March 2000 Gianni was Artistic Director of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna and from 2000 Artistic Director of the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome.

From December 2002 to 2006 he was Artistic Director of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Since 2005 Gianni has been the Artistic Director of Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali -Teatro Dal Verme of Milan.

From 2007 he has been the Artistic Consultant of the Commissioner of the Ministry at Teatro San Carlo of Naples.

He has been the artistic director at the Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini since 2008.

In 2009 he was appointed Artistic Consultant of the ‘Arena De Verona’.

In 2011 he was appointed artistic director of the International Cultural Festival of Bergamo.


Jo Beaumont

Jo Beaumont began her violin studies with Nathan Gutman in Melbourne and at the same time graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. She later studied with Franco Gulli at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and graduated in violin performance in Italy. Following extensive experience in orchestras and chamber groups in Europe, in 1977 Jo won the competition to be Deputy Leader of the Orchestra at La Scala Opera in Milan where she remained until 1996.  Jo was also a senior member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala for many years and has worked with world-renowned conductors including Kleiber, Abbado, Bernstein, Muti, Ozawa, Giulini, Maazel, Mehta, Solti, Chailly, Pretre and Chung.

Jo was a foundation member of I Solisti della Scala, a small soloist group formed in 1979 by its director Claudio Abbado.  She has also been a member of other well-known chamber orchestras in Italy.

A highly experienced teacher, Jo Beaumont became Professor of Violin at the Conservatorium of Sardinia at the age of 25.  In 1978, she was appointed Professor of Violin at the Verdi State Conservatorium of Music in Milan, where she taught for 22 years.  In 1991, she organised and ran Master Classes in Brasilia and Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  Jo is frequently in demand as an adjudicator of auditions for the Australian Youth Orchestra (of which she is a former leader) and for the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award.

Jo held the position of Co-ordinator of String Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in 1999 and 2000, and became Acting Head of Studies in 2000.  She was appointed Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria in June 2000 and in 2001 took on the additional role of Artistic Advisor.  In 2005 she was appointed Artistic Director & Co-Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria.