Mario Katona is Director of Casting at The Royal Opera. He joined the Company
in 1983 as Artistic Administrator. Throughout his time with The Royal Opera he
has been involved in planning and casting all of the Company’s performances, in
collaboration with Music Directors Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink and, since
2002, Antonio Pappano.
in Berlin, Katona grew up in a musical family. His mother Marianne Warneyer was
a leading soprano with the Stuttgart Opera, and his father, Hungarian-born
Julius Katona, sang in opera houses across Germany. Katona studied Music and
German literature at the University of West Berlin, and began his career as a
classical music critic before becoming assistant to Christoph von Dohnányi, <br />
Music Director of Frankfurt Opera, in 1968. In 1977 he became Head of Artistic
Management, Planning and Casting at Hamburg State Opera, a position he held
until his move to Covent Garden.
past 30 years in his work for The Royal Opera Katona has given important early
career opportunities to a number of the world’s leading opera singers. He has
also been a frequent jury member in many international singing competitions,
most notably Domingo's Operalia, and other major competitions in Barcelona,
Toulouse, Athens and Warsaw. He has built a reputation as one of the most
experienced and respected casting directors working today.