JUDGES

Being an outstanding singer encompasses much more than having a beautiful voice and perfect technical skills. Everything counts: charismatic personality, ability to connect with audience, memorability, stage presence, acting skills and showmanship. Therefore, we invited highly successful professionals representing various areas of performing arts: there are notable singers and actors, conductors and dancers among our judges.

 
 

Sid Gold is one of the most respected talent managers in the industry from Manhattan-based Goldstar Talent Management, the agency representing both adults and kids for all areas, both legit (TV, film, theater) and commercial. Sid has been in the Talent Management business for 31 years now and he holds the post of the National Treasurer of The National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM), an exclusive organization recognized for outstanding accomplishments in the entertainment industry. As member of NCOPM, Goldstar Talent strives to exceed expectations of high standards, integrity, and ethical business practices with regard to every client. In addition to the seminars on how to break into the business, what scams to avoid and how best to maximize opportunities in the industry, Sid has been an integral part of the International Model and Talent Conventions, serving as a panelist and judge at competitions. 

 
 

Kathryn Day is a distinguished American opera singer who has had very active international career spanning five decades. Charismatic singer, Kathryn has a longstanding relationship with Metropolitan Opera where she appeared in numerous 

productions including The Nose, Die Zauberflöte, War and Peace, The Gambler, Elektra, La Traviata, Pique Dame, Rigoletto, Manon, Boris Godunov, Lulu, Il Trovatore, to name a few. 

 
 

Martin Samuel is the prominent Canadian born singer, actor, dancer and choreographer based in New York, NY. His versatile talents have enabled him to become an in-demand performer who was engaged in various theater, film and television productions all over the world. Among his many credits is performing in Aida on Broadway alongside with Idina Menzel and interpreting the role of Rum Tum Tugger in Canadian revival of world renowned Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Martin was touring around the USA in the first national US tour of Dirty rotten scoundrels and in the US tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond. His work in the following TV/FILM productions: The Strain, American Gods, Mirror Mirror, Chicago, Across the Universe, Once upon a mattress, One life to live, Queer as folk and many more gave him unique opportunity and pleasure to work with such celebrated performers as Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Renee Zelwegger, Liza Minelli, Enrique Iglesias, Patti Label, Lara Fabian, Carole Burnett and Mariah Carey.

 
 

David Serero is French opera singer and actor who gained international recognition and critical acclaim worldwide taking part in more than 1000 concerts and performing lead roles in such opera mastepieces as Othello, Nabucco, Don Quixote, Carmen, Aida and Rigoletto just to name a few. David had a privilege to perform on stages of many world-renowned venues such as Opera Garnier, L'Olympia and Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest where he had an honor to sing under the baton of Placido Domingo. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium, Royal College of Music and Dominion Theater. In 2013, David shared the cover of "Theatre & Performances" with Barbra Streisand in London and made his Broadway solo debut at the Snapple Theater in New York City. David arranged and produced an album of jazz standards for American singer and composer Jermaine Jackson (the brother of Michael Jackson) and together they recorded the French classic "Autumn Leaves." Later, the duo toured France with the new musical You are not alone written by David Serero.

David's philanthropic work includes concerts for UNICEF and Hadassah Medical Center. He also founded Forbidden Talents, an organization dedicated to restoring the music of composers suppressed during the Nazi regime.

 
 

Dina Pruzhansky is a Russian born, Israeli raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Dina is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music in collaborative piano, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit, and a member of the Tony honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She holds MA in piano performance, summa cum laude, from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. Dina has been enjoying a diverse career, both as composer and pianist. She has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at the leading venues throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and has shared the stage with many distinctive artists, including soloists of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, members of the Met Orchestra and others. Having her compositions featured at NYC venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, as well internationally, Dina has recently made her WQXR debut in an exclusive 'Young Artist' program with the renown host Robert Sherman. Dina was named a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, with the award-winning lyricist Matt Schatz. Her opera Shulamit, written and premiered in 2014, has had it's full production in NYC earlier this year.

 
 

Zhanna Alkhazova is an award winning, critically acclaimed soprano. This season, Ms. Alkhazova is engaged to make her Geneva Opera debut in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and an Eliano Productions debut as Elisabetta in Don Carlo. She will also debut as Tamara in Rubenstein’s The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Opera. Her operatic credits include Title Role in Tosca, Title Role in Manon Lescaut, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Title Role in Aida, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Micaela in Carmen, Nedda in Pagliacci among others. Ms. Alkhazova has sung with Des Moines Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Opera, New Jersey, Opera Boston, Long Island Opera, Regina Opera, NY Opera Exchange, Commonwealth Lyric Theater and many others. She is an active performer on concert stages in the United States, where she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, Canada, Italy, Ireland and Russia. Originally from Moscow, she has worked extensively on the Russian repertoire and in the fall of 2015 was invited to Russia to headline a recital tour which included performances in Moscow's Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, Dzerzhinsk's Scriabin Hall and Ivan the Terrible's Kremlin in Alexandrov. She was invited to perform with the Chamber Art Society in Washington, DC where she sang a joint recital of Russian chamber music at the Embassy of Austria.

 
 

Anna Cley is a French opera singer. She was a finalist of many prestigious international competitions such as New York Lyric Opera Theatre competition, Arioso, and Bel Canto Vincenzo Bellini competition. For a part of her life Anna was following a “practical” course: she earned degree in aerospace engineering, the field she worked successfully for several years until she decided to devote herself entirely to her true calling. Anna has given many solo recitals both in France and USA and performed various roles in operas: Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, Suor Angelica and Il Tabarro by Puccini, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, L’enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel, L’italiana in Algeri by Rossini, and Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky. In France she has performed with the ensemble Opalescences, at the Cortot concert hall in Paris, for the Mairie de Paris, and for the Artenetra festival. In the U.S., she has performed with the Commonwealth Lyric Theater in Boston, with the Mendelssohn Glee Club an at Carnegie Hall in New York. She recorded a CD of operatic arias for the book-cd “Art & Aesthetics” published by French label Lux Classic in January 2016. She enjoys contemporary music and collaborates with the composers Epaminondas Chiriacopol, Napua Davoy, Hung Ping Chang, and WIlliam Maselli. In September 2016, she performed for Minika Ko’s fashion show in New York, and she will perform in October 2016 in a concert called “Visions of the Modern Muse” at Carnegie Hall.

 
 

Samuel Druhora's diverse career stretches across continents and platforms. Samuel has performed principal roles in the U.S. and Europe in theater, film and opera. Highlights include Phantom of The Opera with the Bucharest Musical Theater, or Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Hungarian Theater in Cluj, Vedi’s Othello, La Boheme, or the role of Captain Salanza in the award-winning WW2 short film “Elies Overcoat” premiered at Champs-Élysées International Film Festival. Samuel lives in New York City where he has recently made his debut in the musical drama “The Tiny Mustache” as Franz, which premiered at The Symphony Space.

 
 

Renata Shvarts is a professional dancer, certified WDSF World Class Adjudicator, Chairman of Judges with USA Dance and the WDSF Director of Education for USA Dance. As such, she acquired the privilege to adjudicate some of the largest and the most prestigious dance competitions within USA and around the globe. Among others are United States National Dancesport Championships; Grand Slam Amateur Latin Final in Shanghai, China; World Standard SR I Dancesport Championships in Germany; Iceland Open Dancesport Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland; WDSF Toronto Open and WDSF Montreal Open in Canada. Talented and vivid dancer, Renata had successful and rewarding career placing in finals and winning numerous prestigious dancing competitions and championships both in the USA and abroad. In addition, Renata is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG). She took part in many theatrical and movie productions including Wedding SOS TV program, Sex in the City, Dance With Me, Stepford Wives, Devil Wears Prada and Let It Be Me.

 
 

Roman Blat is a Latvian born actor and artist based in New York. As an accomplished television and film actor he has worked with the best and most talented people in the business. This year Roman guest-starred in a pivotal scene in The Americans, an Emmy nominated television show. He played the iconic character Uncle Sam in the worldwide blockbuster The Purge Election Year. As well as playing a supporting role in an upcoming feature film produced by Molly Conners and starring FKA TWIGS. In the recent past Roman co-starred in the worldwide television hit The Blacklist, working with highly respected producer/ director Michael Watkins. He co-starred on the hit syndicated television show Person of Interest and made a guest appearance on Netflix hit show Daredevil.

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