Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition Florida District

Judges and Directors

2023-2024 Season 


Cynthia Munzer, Mezzo-soprano, Associate Professor Emerita, University of Southern 

                            California Thornton School of Music

Ryan Taylor, President and General Director, Minnesota Opera

Howard Watkins, Associate Conductor, Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard Vocal Arts faculty



Our official Florida District pianist for the January 2024 Laffont Competition is

Arlene Shrut (



Swantje Knye-Levin, District Director

Joan Travis, Auditions Manager






Competition Volunteers​

Many thanks to

Claire Hodge

Rita Wilkes

Ginny Osborne

Carol Meijer

Judith Topper

Susan Bright

Gina Graziadio

Karen Evans

Sarah Purser Bojorquez

Ginna Leftwich

Evan Couch

and to our Rollins faculty sponsors

John Grau

Caitlin Mohr