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 Körner's 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.
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.
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, Wilckens worked as a dramaturg for several German opera houses and as a PR- and product manager in the record industry.
Ben Rayfield is the Managing Director of Rayfield Allied in London. He was awarded a choral scholarship to study Mathematics and Philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he sang in the choir under the direction of Bill Ives. On leaving Oxford in 1997, Rayfield embarked on a freelance career as a musician, and has enjoyed great success, having made over a hundred recordings. In 2003, he moved into the field of artist management, firstly working closely with Sue Nicholls in the vocal department at Hazard Chase Ltd., before starting his own agency, Rayfield Artists, in 2005. In September 2011 Rayfield Artists merged with Allied Artists Agency to form Rayfield Allied. From 2011 to 2016 Rayfield was a Director of the International Artists’ Managers Association.
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