Meet our Jury Members

Giorgio Lalov

Artistic and General Director at  New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

                           Artistic Director at Teatro Lirico D'Europa

                           Artistic Director at Opera South Carolina

                            Artistic Advisor at  The Palmetto Opera

                            Artistic Advisor at  Opera New Hampshire


Born in Bulgaria, Giorgio (Gueorgui) Lalov has been the stage director and artistic director of Teatro Lirico D'Europa, an international opera touring company since 1986 and has just been appointed as the new Artistic Director and GM of NJ Association of Verismo Opera. Teatro Lirico D’Europa has completed 20 consecutive years of USA tours and over 5,000 performances at major venues WORLD-WIDE. Lalov has been performing in and directing full-scale opera productions with international casts since his debut at La Scala, Milan at the age of 25. 

He speaks English, French, Italian, Bulgarian, and Russian fluently. Since 1988, his productions have been presented at major venues in France, Belgium Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Italy, Sicily, Denmark, South America, the Island of Martinique, and the USA including performances for Opera Dijon, France, Opera De Massy - Paris, Salle Pleyel - Paris, Pavillion Baltard - Paris, Okinawa Performing Arts Center, Japan, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Theatre Carre, Amsterdam, Congresshaus, Zurich, 

Theatre Trinidade, Lisbon, Teatro Atlantida, Barcelona, Salida de La Compania, Madrid, Teatro Cervantes, Madrid, Teatro Bueno Vallejo, Madrid, Teatro Lope de Vega, Seville, Le Cirque Royale, Brussels, LʼAtrium Theatre on the Island of Martinique and over 150 major performing arts venues throughout the USA including Cerritos, CA Center for Perf. Arts, McCallum Theatre,Palm Desert, CA, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek, CO, Boston’s Emerson Majestic Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Stanley Perf. Arts Center, Utica, NY, The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Moran Theatre, Jacksonville, FL Naples Philharmonic Center, Naples, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL, Van Wezel Perf. Arts Center, Sarasota, FL, Barbara Mann Perf. Arts. Hall, Ft. Myers, FL, Broward Center for the Perf. Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Touhill Perf. Arts Center, St. Louis, MO, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME, Koger Center, Columbia, SC, Galliard Auditorium, Charleston, SC, Peace Center for the Perf. Arts, Greenville, SC, Peabody Auditorium, Daytona, FL, The Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL, the Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD, Corinado Theatre, Rockford, IL, Shea’s Perf, Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, The Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio, TX, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, and performances of opera for over a dozen American regional opera companies: Syracuse Opera, Opera Rochester, Opera Delaware, Augusta Opera, Palmetto Opera - SC, Opera New Hampshire, Golden Gate Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Palm Desert Opera, Shreveport, LA Opera, Opera Asheville, NC, Opera Tampa Bay, Gold Coast Opera, Baltimore Opera Theatre and Wichita Grand Opera.

Mr. Lalov has also designed sets and costumes and staged full-scale opera productions for: Puccini's LA BOHEME, TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, IL TROVATORE, RIGOLETTO, AIDA, and NABUCCO, Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAI, and DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, Bizet's CARMEN, Wagner's LOHENGRIN, Lehar's MERRY WIDOW, Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMORE and L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Strauss’s DIE FLEDERMAUS, Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI and Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV to outstanding critical acclaim from both European and American critics.


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