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Career Advisors

Ann Braathen

Ann Braathen has many years of experience in representing and managing opera singers. She began her career as an opera agent in 1986, and in 2001 she founded the company Ann Braathen Artist Management, where she has continued to build the careers of opera singers. Through her extensive network of promoters all over the world and with the ambition of having long-term relationships with her singers, she has established one of the most successful opera agencies for singers in Northern Europe.

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Robert Körner

Robert Körner has been the director of artistic production at the Opéra National de Lyon since 2007. His responsibilities include programming, casting, production and planning.  Under his leadership, the opera house has engaged in co-productions with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam and Staatsoper Unter den Linden, to mention a few. 

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Diane Zola

Passionate about the nurturing of young singers, pianists and conductors, Zola has given master classes and consultations throughout the world. She assisted the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow in creating its own young artists programme. Zola began her career as an opera singer and continues to give masterclasses to singers at major opera houses and music festivals all over the world, and has regularly served on judging panels for prestigious international vocal competitions.

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Ulrike Wilckens

Ulrike Wilckens studied musicology, theatre studies, modern German literature and modern history at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. The topic of her dissertation was Meyerbeer’s political music theatre. Before becoming self-employed and establishing Ophelias Culture PR, Ulrike Wilckens worked as a dramaturg for several German opera houses and as a PR- and product manager in the record industry.

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