Operalia, The World Opera Competition

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Operalia, The World Opera Competition is an annual international competition for young opera singers. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the competition has helped launch the careers of several important artists, such as Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Rolando Villazón, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral, Inva Mula, Ana María Martínez and Sonya Yoncheva.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Operalia is based in Paris but hosts its competition in a different city each year. Cities which have hosted the competition include Paris at both the Palais Garnier and Théâtre du Châtelet, Mexico City at the Televisa Recording Studios, Madrid at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Bordeaux at the Grand Théâtre, Tokyo at the Kan-I Hoken Hall, Hamburg at the Laeiszhalle, Puerto Rico at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles at both UCLA's Royce Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Washington, D.C. at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, the Lake Constance region in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Madrid at the Teatro Real, Valencia at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Québec at the Palais Montcalm and Grand Théâtre de Québec, Astana at Astana Opera and Lisbon at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.[3]

The competition is open to singers between the ages of 18 and 32 who are already performing at a highly skilled level. All voice types of both sexes are able to compete. Participants in the competition are selected by audition through a submitted recording to Operalia. A panel of three judges listens and evaluates the audition tapes. Only the top 40 submissions are invited to compete in the competition. Typically the organization receives 800 to 1,000 submissions each year, making entry into the competition alone an honor.

The competition is presided over every year by Plácido Domingo, although he himself does not judge the competition. A jury of 10 opera directors from important opera houses all over the world is assembled to judge the competition. Competitors must prepare 4 arias for the competition which consists of four rounds. In the first round each singer gets to choose one aria they want to sing and then the jury selects the other aria from their list of four for them to perform. Singers can also compete in a separate zarzuela competition. If they choose to do so they would perform an additional zarzuela piece in each round. Of the 40 singers, half of them are eliminated in the first round. The second round involves the performance of one more aria, after which only 10 singers move on to the next round. Likewise, the third round eliminates half of the singers, leaving only five participants in the final round. The first three rounds are performed with piano accompaniment and the final round is sung with a symphonic orchestra conducted by Plácido Domingo. Eleven singers make it into the final round of the general opera competition with five singers named as finalists in the zarzuela competition.

The competition has a total of 10 prizes which total up to 175,000 US dollars. In the general competition 1st prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize are awarded, one of each to both sexes, making a total of 6 prizes. Within the zarzuela competition two prizes are awarded, one to a male singer and one to a female singer. These prizes are named in honor of Domingo's parents, Plácido Domingo Ferrer and Pepita Embil, both of whom were popular zarzuela singers. There is also a prize awarded by the audience of the final competition to one female singer and one male singer, and the Birgit Nilsson Prize for performance in the German repertoire of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. It is possible for a singer to win more than one award. More important than the money received by the prize is the recognition and career boost given by the competition. It is normal for the opera directors judging the competition to engage competition winners for future opera performances with their companies, or for them to connect artists with other opera directors.

List of winners[edit]

Year, place Prize(s) Name Fach Country
2018, Lisbon 1st Prize & Birgit Nilsson Prize
& Audience Prize & Zarzuela Prize
Emily D’Angelo mezzo-soprano Canada / Italy
2018, Lisbon 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize Pavel Petrov tenor Belarus
2018, Lisbon 2nd Prize Migran Agadzhanyan tenor Russia
2018, Lisbon 2nd Prize & Birgit Nilsson Prize Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano United States
2018, Lisbon 3rd Prize Arseny Yakovlev tenor Russia
2018, Lisbon 3rd Prize Rihab Chaieb mezzo-soprano Canada
2018, Lisbon CulturArte Prize Josy Santos mezzo-soprano Brazil
2018, Lisbon Zarzuela Prize & Audience Prize Luis Gomes tenor Portugal
2017, Astana 1st Prize Levy Sekgapane tenor South Africa
2017, Astana 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize Adela Zaharia soprano Romania
2017, Astana 2nd Prize Kristina Mkhitaryan soprano Russia
2017, Astana 2nd Prize Davide Giusti tenor Italy
2017, Astana 3rd Prize & Audience Prize Maria Mudryak soprano Kazakhstan
2017, Astana 3rd Prize & Audience Prize Leon Kim baritone South Korea
2017, Astana Birgit Nilsson Prize Oksana Sekerina soprano Russia
2017, Astana Birgit Nilsson Prize Boris Prýgl bass-baritone Czech Republic
2017, Astana CulturArte Prize Sooyeon Lee soprano South Korea
2017, Astana Zarzuela Prize Marco Ciaponi tenor Italy
2016, Guadalajara 1st Prize Elsa Dreisig soprano France
2016, Guadalajara 1st Prize Keon-Woo Kim tenor South Korea
2016, Guadalajara 2nd Prize Bogdan Volkov tenor Russia
2015, London 1st Prize & Birgit Nilsson Prize
& Audience Prize
Lise Davidsen soprano Norway
2015, London 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize Ioan Hotea tenor Romania
2015, London 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Darren Pene Pati tenor New Zealand
2015, London 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Hyesang Park soprano South Korea
2014, Los Angeles 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Birgit Nilsson Prize
Rachel Willis-Sørensen soprano United States
2014, Los Angeles 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Mario Chang tenor Guatemala
2014, Los Angeles 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Amanda Woodbury soprano United States
2014, Los Angeles 2nd Prize & CulturArte Prize Joshua Guerrero tenor United States/Mexico
2014, Los Angeles 3rd Prize Andrey Nemzer countertenor Russia
2014, Los Angeles 3rd Prize Mariangela Sicilia soprano Italy
2014, Los Angeles 3rd Prize John Holiday countertenor United States
2014, Los Angeles 3rd Prize Anaïs Constans soprano France
2013, Verona 1st Prize Ao Li bass-baritone China
2013, Verona 1st Prize Aida Garifullina soprano Russia
2013, Verona 2nd Prize Julie Fuchs soprano France
2013, Verona 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Simone Piazzola baritone Italy
2013, Verona 3rd Prize & Audience Prize Kathryn Lewek soprano United States
2013, Verona 3rd Prize Zach Borichevsky tenor United States
2013, Verona Birgit Nilsson Prize Claudia Huckle contralto United Kingdom
2013, Verona Birgit Nilsson Prize Tracy Cox soprano United States
2013, Verona CulturArte Prize Vladimir Dmitruk tenor Belarus
2013, Verona Zarzuela Prize Hae Ji Chang soprano South Korea
2013, Verona Zarzuela Prize Benjamin Bliss tenor United States
2012, Beijing 1st Prize Anthony Roth Costanzo countertenor United States
2012, Beijing 1st Prize Enkhbatyn Amartüvshin baritone Mongolia
2012, Beijing 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Janai Brugger soprano United States
2012, Beijing 2nd Prize Guanqun Yu soprano United States
2012, Beijing 2nd Prize & Birgit Nilsson Prize Brian Jagde tenor United States
2012, Beijing 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Yunpeng Wang baritone China
2012, Beijing CulturArte Prize Antonio Poli tenor Italy
2012, Beijing 3rd Prize Nadezhda Karyazina mezzo-soprano Russia
2012, Beijing 3rd Prize Roman Burdenko baritone Russia
2011, Moscow 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Pretty Yende soprano South Africa
2011, Moscow 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
René Barbera tenor United States
2011, Moscow 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Olga Busuioc soprano Moldova
2011, Moscow 2nd Prize Konstantin Shushakov baritone Russia
2011, Moscow 3rd Prize Olga Pudova soprano Russia
2011, Moscow 3rd Prize Jaesig Lee tenor South Korea
2011, Moscow CulturArte Prize Javier Arrey baritone Chile
2010, Milan 1st Prize & CulturArte Prize Sonya Yoncheva soprano Bulgaria
2010, Milan 1st Prize & Audience Prize Stefan Pop tenor Romania
2010, Milan 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Rosa Feola soprano Italy
2010, Milan 2nd Prize Giordano Lucà tenor Italy
2010, Milan 2nd Prize Ievgen Orlov bass Ukraine
2010, Milan 3rd Prize Dinara Aliyeva soprano Azerbaijan
2010, Milan 3rd Prize Chae Jun Lim bass South Korea
2010, Milan Zarzuela Prize Nathaniel Peake tenor United States
2010, Milan Birgit Nilsson Prize Ryan McKinny bass-baritone United States
2009, Pécs/Budapest 1st Prize & Audience Prize Julia Novikova soprano Russia
2009, Pécs/Budapest 1st Prize Alexey Kudrya tenor Russia
2009, Pécs/Budapest 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Angel Blue soprano United States
2009, Pécs/Budapest 2nd Prize Jordan Bisch bass United States
2009, Pécs/Budapest 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Dimitrios Flemotomos tenor Greece
2009, Pécs/Budapest 3rd Prize Kostas Smoriginas bass-baritone Lithuania
2009, Pécs/Budapest 3rd Prize Auxiliadora Toledano soprano Spain
2009, Pécs/Budapest 3rd Prize Anita Watson soprano Australia
2009, Pécs/Budapest 3rd Prize Wenwei Zhang bass China
2009, Pécs/Budapest CulturArte Prize Arnold Rutkowski tenor Poland
2008, Québec 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize María Alejandres Katzarava soprano Mexico
2008, Québec 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& CulturArte Prize
Joel Prieto tenor Spain / Puerto Rico
2008, Québec 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Thiago Arancam tenor Brazil
2008, Québec 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Oksana Kramaryeva soprano Ukraine
2008, Québec 3rd Prize Elena Xanthoudakis soprano Greece/Australia
2008, Québec 3rd Prize Karoly Szemeredy baritone Hungary
2008, Québec Zarzuela Prize Ketevan Kemoklidze mezzo-soprano Georgia
2007, Paris 1st Prize Ekaterina Lekhina soprano Russia
2007, Paris 1st Prize Tae Joong Yang baritone South Korea
2007, Paris 2nd Prize Olga Peretyatko soprano Russia
2007, Paris 2nd Prize David Bižić baritone Serbia
2007, Paris 2nd Prize Dmytro Popov tenor Ukraine
2007, Paris 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Marco Caria baritone Italy
2007, Paris 3rd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Lisette Oropesa soprano United States
2007, Paris CulturArte Prize Carmen Solis Gonzalez soprano Spain
2007, Paris Zarzuela Prize Rachele Gilmore soprano United States
2007, Paris Zarzuela Prize Carine Sechehaye mezzo-soprano Switzerland
2007, Paris Zarzuela Prize Aurelio Gabaldon tenor Spain
2006, Valencia 1st Prize Maija Kovaļevska soprano Latvia
2006, Valencia 1st Prize & Zarzuela Prize David Lomeli tenor Mexico
2006, Valencia 2nd Prize Ailyn Pérez soprano United States
2006, Valencia 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Sébastien Guèze tenor France
2006, Valencia 3rd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Maria Teresa Alberola Banuls soprano Spain
2006, Valencia 3rd Prize Trevor Scheunemann baritone United States
2006, Valencia CulturArte Prize Karen Vuong soprano United States
2005, Madrid 1st Prize & Audience Prize Susanna Phillips soprano United States
2005, Madrid 1st Prize Vasily Ladyuk baritone Russia
2005, Madrid 2nd Prize Joseph Kaiser tenor Canada
2005, Madrid 2nd Prize Diogenes Randes bass Brazil
2005, Madrid 3rd Prize David Menendez Diaz baritone Spain
2005, Madrid 3rd Prize Joshua Langston Hopkins baritone Canada
2005, Madrid Zarzuela Prize & CulturArte Prize Arturo Chacón Cruz tenor Mexico
2005, Madrid Zarzuela Prize Kinga Dobay mezzo-soprano Germany
2004, Los Angeles 1st Prize Woo Kyung Kim tenor South Korea
2004, Los Angeles 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Nataliya Kovalova soprano Ukraine
2004, Los Angeles 3rd Prize Dimitry Voropaev tenor Russia
2004, Los Angeles 4th Prize Mikhail Petrenko bass Russia
2004, Los Angeles 4th Prize Maria Jooste soprano South Africa
2004, Los Angeles 4th Prize Vitaly Bilyy baritone Ukraine
2004, Los Angeles 4th Prize & Zarzuela Prize Dmitry Korchak tenor Russia
2004, Los Angeles CulturArte Prize Irina Lungu soprano Russia
2004, Los Angeles Zarzuela Prize In-Sung Sim baritone South Korea
2003, Bodensee 1st Prize Adriana Damato soprano Italy
2003, Bodensee 2nd Prize Jozef Gjipali tenor Albania
2003, Bodensee 3rd Prize & Zarzuela Prize
& Audience Prize
Israel Lozano tenor Spain
2003, Bodensee 3rd Prize Jesus Garcia tenor United States
2003, Bodensee Zarzuela Prize Sabina Puértolas soprano Spain
2003, Bodensee Zarzuela Prize Jennifer Check soprano United States
2003, Bodensee Zarzuela Prize Mario Cassi baritone Italy
2002, Paris 1st Prize Carmen Giannattasio soprano Italy
2002, Paris 1st Prize Elena Manistina mezzo-soprano Russia
2002, Paris 2nd Prize Stéphane Degout baritone France
2002, Paris 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize John Matz tenor United States
2002, Paris 3rd Prize Maria Fontosh soprano Russia
2002, Paris CulturArte Prize Kate Aldrich mezzo-soprano United States
2002, Paris Zarzuela Prize Anna Kiknadze mezzo-soprano Georgia
2002, Paris Zarzuela Prize Jae Hyoung Kim tenor South Korea
2001, Washington, D.C. 1st Prize Guang Yang mezzo-soprano China
2001, Washington, D.C. 2nd Prize Alessandra Rezza soprano Italy
2001, Washington, D.C. 2nd Prize Hyoung-Kyoo Kang baritone South Korea
2001, Washington, D.C. 3rd Prize Maya Daskuk soprano Russia
2001, Washington, D.C. CulturArte Prize Lasha Nikabadze tenor Georgia
2001, Washington, D.C. Audience Prize Elisaveta Martirosyan soprano Georgia
2001, Washington, D.C. Zarzuela Prize Valeriano Lanchas bass Colombia
2001, Washington, D.C. Zarzuela Prize Jossie Perez mezzo-soprano United States
2001, Washington, D.C. Zarzuela Prize Antonio Gandia tenor Spain
2001, Washington, D.C. Zarzuela Prize Eugenia Garza soprano Mexico
2000, Los Angeles 1st Prize Isabel Bayrakdarian soprano Canada
2000, Los Angeles 2nd Prize He Hui soprano China
2000, Los Angeles 2nd Prize Daniil Shtoda tenor Russia
2000, Los Angeles 3rd Prize Robert Pomakov bass Canada
2000, Los Angeles 3rd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Konstyantyn Andreyev tenor Ukraine
2000, Los Angeles Zarzuela Prize Arnold Kocharyan baritone Armenia
2000, Los Angeles Zarzuela Prize & Audience Prize Virginia Tola soprano Argentina
1999, San Juan 1st Prize Orlin Anastassov bass Bulgaria
1999, San Juan 2nd Prize & Audience Prize
& Zarzuela Prize
Rolando Villazón tenor Mexico
1999, San Juan 2nd Prize Giuseppe Filianoti tenor Italy
1999, San Juan 3rd Prize Yali-Marie Williams soprano Puerto Rico
1999, San Juan CulturArte Prize Vitalij Kowaljow bass Ukraine
1999, San Juan CulturArte Prize Joseph Calleja tenor Malta
1999, San Juan Zarzuela Prize Mariola Cantarero soprano Spain
1998, Hamburg 1st Prize & Audience Prize Erwin Schrott bass Uruguay
1998, Hamburg 2nd Prize Ludovic Tezier baritone France
1998, Hamburg 2nd Prize Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano United States
1998, Hamburg 3rd Prize Maki Mori soprano Japan
1998, Hamburg CulturArte Prize Jae Chul Bae tenor South Korea
1998, Hamburg Zarzuela Prize Andión Fernández soprano Philippines
1998, Hamburg Zarzuela Prize Carlos Cosías tenor Spain
1997, Tokyo 1st Prize Chang Yong Liao baritone China
1997, Tokyo 1st Prize & Audience Prize Carla Maria Izzo soprano Italy
1997, Tokyo 2nd Prize Jung-Hack Seo baritone South Korea
1997, Tokyo 2nd Prize & Zarzuela Prize Aquiles Machado tenor Venezuela
1997, Tokyo 3rd Prize Xiu Wei Sun soprano China
1997, Tokyo Zarzuela Prize Angel Rodriguez Rivero tenor Spain
1996, Bordeaux 1st Prize John Osborn tenor United States
1996, Bordeaux 1st Prize & Audience Prize Lynette Tapia soprano United States
1996, Bordeaux 2nd Prize Phyllis Pancella mezzo-soprano United States
1996, Bordeaux 2nd Prize Eric Owens bass United States
1996, Bordeaux 3rd Prize Vittorio Vitelli baritone Italy
1996, Bordeaux 3rd Prize Carlos Moreno tenor Spain
1996, Bordeaux Zarzuela Prize Nancy Herrera mezzo-soprano Spain
1996, Bordeaux Zarzuela Prize Oziel Garza-Ornelas baritone Mexico
1995, Madrid 1st Prize Miguel Angel Zapater bass Spain
1995, Madrid 1st Prize Sung Eun Kim soprano South Korea
1995, Madrid 2nd Prize Elizabeth Futral soprano United States
1995, Madrid 2nd Prize & Audience Prize Dimitra Theodossiou soprano Greece
1995, Madrid 3rd Prize Carmen Oprisanu mezzo-soprano Romania
1995, Madrid Zarzuela Prize Ana María Martínez soprano Puerto Rico
1995, Madrid Zarzuela Prize Rafael Rojas tenor Mexico
1994, Mexico City Winner & Audience Prize José Cura tenor Argentina
1994, Mexico City Winner Brian Asawa countertenor United States
1994, Mexico City Winner Bruce Fowler tenor United States
1994, Mexico City Winner Simone Alberghini bass Italy
1994, Mexico City Winner Maria Cecilia Diaz mezzo-soprano Argentina
1994, Mexico City Winner Masako Teshima mezzo-soprano Japan
1994, Mexico City Winner Oxana Arkaeva soprano Ukraine
1993, Paris Winner & Audience Prize Ainhoa Arteta soprano Spain
1993, Paris Winner Inva Mula soprano Albania
1993, Paris Winner Nina Stemme mezzo-soprano Sweden
1993, Paris Winner Kwangchul Youn bass South Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ Opera News. "Norwegian Soprano Lise Davidsen and Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea Win Top Prizes in Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in London". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Christansen, Rupert (20 July 2015). "Operalia, Royal Opera House, review: 'an unfair test'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Operalia". Operalia. Retrieved 2017-07-31.

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