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Operalia
Operalia Foundation, Inc.
Operalia-logo.png
NicknameOperalia
Established1993; 28 years ago (1993)
FounderPlácido Domingo
Founded atCalabasas, California
TypeNonprofit organization[1]
Registration no.95-4857653
Legal statusFoundation
  • Plácido Domingo
    (Chairman)
  • Don E. Franzen
    (Secretary)
  • Alvaro Domingo[a]
    Treasurer
Key people
  • Mihela Douet
    (Office Manager)
  • Dominic Domingo[b]
    (Program Assistant)
Revenue (2018)
$ 1.900.749
Expenses (2018)$ 933.114
Websiteoperaliacompetition.org
   
  1. ^ son of Plácido Domingo
  2. ^ grandson of Plácido Domingo

Plácido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Competition is an annual international competition for opera singers. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the competition's varied prizes have been given to known artists such as Joseph Calleja, Rolando Villazón, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral, Nina Stemme, Erwin Schrott, Sonya Yoncheva and Lise Davidsen.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

The competition's parent organization, Operalia Foundation, is a nonprofit organization based in Beverly Hills, California,[1] with postal address in New York City's Upper West Side.[4] The competition itself takes place in different cities each year. Cities which have hosted the competition include Paris at both the Palais Garnier and Théâtre du Châtelet, Mexico City in one of the Televisa Recording Studios, Madrid at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Bordeaux at the Grand Théâtre, Tokyo at the Kan'i Hoken Hall [ja], 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, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Madrid at the Teatro Real, Valencia at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Québec at the Palais Montcalm [fr] and Grand Théâtre de Québec, Astana at Astana Opera, Lisbon at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos[5] and Prague at the National Theatre.

Rules[edit]

The competition is open to singers of all voice types between the ages of 18 and 32 who are already performing professionally. Applicants are required to submit two recent video recordings of them singing with piano or live orchestra. Based on these submissions, 40 singers get selected for the competition.[6] According to Operalia, the organization receives 800 to 1.000 submissions each year, other sources speak of "hundreds" of applications.[7]

The jury is presided over by Domingo, although he himself does not judge the competition.[7] Among jury members are Domingo's wife Marta Domingo, singers, opera directors, casting directors, artistic directors and consultants of renowned opera houses.[8][9][10]

Competitors must prepare four arias. Two additional zarzuela arias are required for the optional zarzuela competition. In the first round each of the 40 singers gets to choose one aria they want to sing, the jury selects a second aria and the zarzuela aria from the contestant's list. Twenty singers are eliminated in the first round. The second round involves the performance of one aria chosen by the jury, after which ten singers proceed to the final round. For the final round, singers choose one aria and one zarzuela from their list.[6]

While the jury deliberates the numerous winners, the audience votes for their favorite female and male singers.[7] The final round is performed with orchestra, quarter and semi finals are with piano accompaniment.

Prizes[edit]

In the general competition 1st prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize are awarded. Winners of the zarzuela competition receive the Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize or Pepita Embil Prize, named after Domingo's parents.[7] The audience prize is a wristwatch by the competition's main sponsor.[7] The San Juan, Puerto Rico based nonprofit organization[11] CulturArte de Puerto Rico is sponsoring the CulturArte Prize. Performers of German repertoire by Richard Strauss or Richard Wagner can receive the Birgit Nilsson Prize.[7] Prizes can be shared, in the past by up to 4 singers for one prize.[12] It is also possible for a singer to receive several awards.[12] Up to 17 prizes have been awarded in a single year.[12] Since 2017, finalists who didn't win a prize receive an Encouragement Award.[7]

Chances of winning[edit]

In the 27 competitions from 1993 to 2019, 219 singers received prizes. 151 received one prize, 52 two, 15 three, and one singer received four prizes at the Lisbon competition in 2018. The most prizes had been awarded at the competition in 2009, with 17 prizes for 10 singers. Without counting the Encouragement Award, one out of five singers received a prize.[12]

List of winners[edit]

Year, place Prize(s)[12] Name Voice type Country
2019, Prague 1st Prize Adriana Gonzalez soprano Guatemala
Xabier Anduaga tenor Spain
2nd Prize Maria Kataeva mezzo-soprano Russia
Gihoon Kim baritone South Korea
3rd Prize Christina Nilsson soprano Sweden
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen countertenor United States / Germany
Zarzuela Prize Adriana Gonzalez soprano Guatemala
Xabier Anduaga tenor Spain
CulturArte Prize Anna Shapovalova soprano Russia
Birgit Nilsson Prize Felicia Moore soprano United States
Christina Nilsson soprano Sweden
Audience Prize Maria Kataeva mezzo-soprano Russia
Gihoon Kim baritone South Korea
2018, Lisbon 1st Prize Emily D’Angelo mezzo-soprano Canada / Italy
Pavel Petrov tenor Belarus
2nd Prize Migran Agadzhanyan tenor Russia
Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano United States
3rd Prize Arseny Yakovlev tenor Russia
Rihab Chaieb mezzo-soprano Canada
Zarzuela Prize Emily D’Angelo mezzo-soprano Canada / Italy
Pavel Petrov tenor Belarus
Luis Gomes tenor Portugal
CulturArte Prize Josy Santos mezzo-soprano Brazil
Birgit Nilsson Prize Emily D’Angelo mezzo-soprano Canada / Italy
Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano United States
Audience Prize Luis Gomes tenor Portugal
Emily D’Angelo mezzo-soprano Canada / Italy
2017, Astana[9] 1st Prize Levy Sekgapane tenor South Africa
Adela Zaharia soprano Romania
2nd Prize Kristina Mkhitaryan [ru] soprano Russia
Davide Giusti tenor Italy
3rd Prize Maria Mudryak soprano Kazakhstan
Leon Kim baritone South Korea
Zarzuela Prize Marco Ciaponi tenor Italy
Adela Zaharia soprano Romania
CulturArte Prize Sooyeon Lee soprano South Korea
Birgit Nilsson Prize Oksana Sekerina [de] soprano Russia
Boris Prýgl bass-baritone Czech Republic
Audience Prize Maria Mudryak soprano Kazakhstan
Leon Kim baritone South Korea
2016, Guadalajara 1st Prize Elsa Dreisig soprano France
Konu Kim tenor South Korea
2nd Prize Bogdan Volkov tenor Russia
Marina Costa-Jackson soprano United States/Italy
3rd Prize Olga Kulchynska [de] soprano Ukraine
Rame Lahaj [sq] tenor Kosovo
Zarzuela Prize Marina Costa-Jackson soprano United States/Italy
Juan Carlos Heredia baritone Mexico
Nicholas Brownlee bass-baritone United States
CulturArte Prize Elena Stikhina [ru; de] soprano Russia
Birgit Nilsson Prize Brenton Ryan tenor United States
Audience Prize Elena Stikhina soprano Russia
Konu Kim tenor South Korea
2015, London 1st Prize Lise Davidsen soprano Norway
Ioan Hotea [ro] tenor Romania
2nd Prize Darren Pene Pati tenor New Zealand
Hera Hyesang Park soprano South Korea
3rd Prize Edward Parks baritone United States
Noluvuyiso Mpofu soprano South Africa
Zarzuela Prize Hera Hyesang Park soprano South Korea
Ioan Hotea tenor Romania
CulturArte Prize Kiandra Howarth soprano Australia
Birgit Nilsson Prize Lise Davidsen soprano Norway
Audience Prize Lise Davidsen soprano Norway
Darren Pene Pati tenor New Zealand
2014, Los Angeles 1st Prize Rachel Willis-Sørensen soprano United States
Mario Chang tenor Guatemala
2nd Prize Amanda Woodbury soprano United States
Joshua Guerrero tenor United States/Mexico
3rd Prize Andrey Nemzer countertenor Russia
Mariangela Sicilia soprano Italy
John Holiday countertenor United States
Anaïs Constans soprano France
Zarzuela Prize Rachel Willis-Sørensen soprano United States
Mario Chang tenor Guatemala
CulturArte Prize Joshua Guerrero tenor United States/Mexico
Birgit Nilsson Prize Rachel Willis-Sørensen soprano United States
Audience Prize Amanda Woodbury soprano United States
Mario Chang tenor Guatemala
2013, Verona 1st Prize Ao Li bass-baritone China
Aida Garifullina soprano Russia
2nd Prize Julie Fuchs soprano France
Simone Piazzola [de] baritone Italy
3rd Prize Kathryn Lewek soprano United States
Zach Borichevsky tenor United States
Zarzuela Prize Hae Ji Chang soprano South Korea
Benjamin Bliss tenor United States
CulturArte Prize Vladimir Dmitruk [de] tenor Belarus
Birgit Nilsson Prize Claudia Huckle contralto United Kingdom
Tracy Cox soprano United States
Audience Price Simone Piazzola baritone Italy
Kathryn Lewek soprano United States
2012, Beijing 1st Prize Anthony Roth Costanzo countertenor United States
Enkhbatyn Amartüvshin baritone Mongolia
Janai Brugger soprano United States
2nd Prize Guanqun Yu soprano United States
Brian Jagde tenor United States
Yunpeng Wang baritone China
3rd Prize Nadezhda Karyazina mezzo-soprano Russia
Roman Burdenko baritone Russia
Zarzuela Prize Janai Brugger soprano United States
Yunpeng Wang baritone China
CulturArte Prize Antonio Poli tenor Italy
Birgit Nilsson Prize Brian Jagde tenor United States
Audience Prize Janai Brugger soprano United States
Yunpeng Wang baritone China
2011, Moscow 1st Prize Pretty Yende soprano South Africa
René Barbera tenor United States
2nd Prize Olga Busuioc soprano Moldova
Konstantin Shushakov baritone Russia
3rd Prize Olga Pudova soprano Russia
Jaesig Lee tenor South Korea
Zarzuela Prize Pretty Yende soprano South Africa
Olga Busuioc soprano Moldova
René Barbera tenor United States
CulturArte Prize Javier Arrey baritone Chile
Birgit Nilsson Prize Jongmin Park bass South Korea
Audience Prize Pretty Yende soprano South Africa
René Barbera tenor United States
2010, Milan 1st Prize Sonya Yoncheva soprano Bulgaria
Stefan Pop tenor Romania
2nd Prize Rosa Feola soprano Italy
Giordano Lucà tenor Italy
Ievgen Orlov bass Ukraine
3rd Prize Dinara Aliyeva soprano Azerbaijan
Chae Jun Lim bass South Korea
Zarzuela Prize Nathaniel Peake tenor United States
Rosa Feola soprano Italy
CulturArte Prize Sonya Yoncheva soprano Bulgaria
Birgit Nilsson Prize Ryan McKinny bass-baritone United States
Audience Prize Rosa Feola soprano Italy
Stefan Pop tenor Romania
2009, Pécs/Budapest 1st Prize Julia Novikova soprano Russia
Alexey Kudrya tenor Russia
2nd Prize Angel Blue soprano United States
Jordan Bisch bass United States
Dimitrios Flemotomos tenor Greece
3rd Prize Kostas Smoriginas bass-baritone Lithuania
Auxiliadora Toledano [es; ca] soprano Spain
Anita Watson soprano Australia
Wenwei Zhang bass China
Zarzuela Prize Angel Blue soprano United States
Dimitrios Flemotomos tenor Greece
CulturArte Prize Arnold Rutkowski tenor Poland
Audience Prize Dimitrios Flemotomos tenor Greece
Julia Novikova soprano Russia
Special Prize Alexey Kudrya tenor Russia
Kostas Smoriginas bass-baritone Lithuania
Auxiliadora Toledano soprano Spain
2008, Quebec City 1st Prize María Alejandres Katzarava soprano Mexico
Joel Prieto [de; fr] tenor Spain / Puerto Rico
2nd Prize Thiago Arancam tenor Brazil
Oksana Kramaryeva soprano Ukraine
3rd Prize Elena Xanthoudakis soprano Greece/Australia
Károly Szemerédy [hu] baritone Hungary
Zarzuela Prize Ketevan Kemoklidze mezzo-soprano Georgia
María Alejandres Katzarava soprano Mexico
Joel Prieto tenor Spain / Puerto Rico
Thiago Arancam tenor Brazil
CulturArte Prize Joel Prieto tenor Spain / Puerto Rico
Audience Prize Thiago Arancam tenor Brazil
Oksana Kramaryeva soprano Ukraine
2007, Paris 1st Prize Ekaterina Lekhina [ru] soprano Russia
Tae Joong Yang baritone South Korea
2nd Prize Olga Peretyatko soprano Russia
David Bižić baritone Serbia
Dmytro Popov tenor Ukraine
3rd Prize Marco Caria baritone Italy
Lisette Oropesa soprano United States
Zarzuela Prize Rachele Gilmore soprano United States
Carine Sechehaye mezzo-soprano Switzerland
Aurelio Gabaldon tenor Spain
Lisette Oropesa soprano United States
CulturArte Prize Carmen Solis Gonzalez soprano Spain
Audience Prize Marco Caria baritone Italy
Orchestra Prize Dmytro Popov tenor Ukraine
2006, Valencia 1st Prize Maija Kovaļevska soprano Latvia
David Lomeli tenor Mexico
2nd Prize Ailyn Pérez soprano United States
Sébastien Guèze tenor France
3rd Prize Maria Teresa Alberola Banuls soprano Spain
Trevor Scheunemann baritone United States
Zarzuela Prize David Lomeli tenor Mexico
Maria Teresa Alberola Banuls soprano Spain
CulturArte Prize Karen Vuong soprano United States
Audience Prize Sébastien Guèze tenor France
Maria Teresa Alberola Banuls soprano Spain
2005, Madrid 1st Prize Susanna Phillips soprano United States
Vasily Ladyuk [ru] baritone Russia
2nd Prize Joseph Kaiser tenor Canada
Diógenes Randes bass Brazil
3rd Prize David Menendez Diaz baritone Spain
Joshua Langston Hopkins baritone Canada
Zarzuela Prize Arturo Chacón Cruz tenor Mexico
Kinga Dobay [de] mezzo-soprano Germany
CulturArte Prize Arturo Chacón Cruz tenor Mexico
Audience Prize Susanna Phillips soprano United States
2004, Los Angeles 1st Prize Woo Kyung Kim tenor South Korea
2nd Prize Nataliya Kovalova soprano Ukraine
3rd Prize Dmitry Voropaev tenor Russia
4th Prize Mikhail Petrenko bass Russia
Maria Jooste soprano South Africa
Vitaly Bilyy baritone Ukraine
Dmitry Korchak tenor Russia
Zarzuela Prize Dmitry Korchak tenor Russia
In-Sung Sim baritone South Korea
CulturArte Prize Irina Lungu soprano Russia
Audience Prize Nataliya Kovalova soprano Ukraine
2003, Bodensee
(St. Gallen,
Bregenz,
Friedrichshafen,
Mainau)[13]
1st Prize Adriana Damato [it] soprano Italy
2nd Prize Jozef Gjipali (Giuseppe Gipali) tenor Albania
3rd Prize Israel Lozano [es; ca] tenor Spain
Jesus Garcia tenor United States
Zarzuela Prize Sabina Puértolas soprano Spain
Jennifer Check soprano United States
Mario Cassi baritone Italy
Israel Lozano tenor Spain
Audience Prize Israel Lozano tenor Spain
2002, Paris 1st Prize Carmen Giannattasio soprano Italy
Elena Manistina mezzo-soprano Russia
2nd Prize Stéphane Degout baritone France
John Matz tenor United States
3rd Prize Maria Fontosh soprano Russia
Zarzuela Prize Anna Kiknadze mezzo-soprano Georgia
Jae Hyoung Kim tenor South Korea
John Matz tenor United States
CulturArte Prize Kate Aldrich mezzo-soprano United States
Audience Prize Carmen Giannattasio soprano Italy
2001, Washington, D.C. 1st Prize Guang Yang mezzo-soprano China
2nd Prize Alessandra Rezza soprano Italy
Hyoung-Kyoo Kang baritone South Korea
3rd Prize Maya Dashuk soprano Russia
Zarzuela Prize Valeriano Lanchas [es] bass Colombia
Jossie Perez mezzo-soprano United States
Antonio Gandia tenor Spain
Eugenia Garza soprano Mexico
CulturArte Prize Lasha Nikabadze tenor Georgia
Audience Prize Elisaveta Martirosyan soprano Georgia
2000, Los Angeles 1st Prize Isabel Bayrakdarian soprano Canada
2nd Prize He Hui soprano China
Daniil Shtoda tenor Russia
3rd Prize Robert Pomakov bass Canada
Konstyantyn Andreyev tenor Ukraine
Zarzuela Prize Arnold Kocharyan baritone Armenia
Isabel Bayrakdarian soprano Canada
Andrei Breous baritone Russia
Virginia Tola [es; ast] soprano Argentina
Konstyantyn Andreyev tenor Ukraine
Audience Prize Virginia Tola soprano Argentina
Special prize Virginia Tola soprano Argentina
1999, San Juan 1st Prize Orlin Anastassov bass Bulgaria
2nd Prize Rolando Villazón tenor Mexico
Giuseppe Filianoti tenor Italy
3rd Prize Yali-Marie Williams soprano Puerto Rico
Zarzuela Prize Mariola Cantarero [es] soprano Spain
Rolando Villazón tenor Mexico
CulturArte Prize Vitalij Kowaljow bass Ukraine
Joseph Calleja tenor Malta
Audience Prize Rolando Villazón tenor Mexico
1998, Hamburg 1st Prize Erwin Schrott bass Uruguay
2nd Prize Ludovic Tezier baritone France
Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano United States
3rd Prize Maki Mori soprano Japan
Zarzuela Prize Andión Fernández soprano Philippines
Carlos Cosías tenor Spain
CulturArte Prize Jae Chul Bae [ko] tenor South Korea
Audience Prize Erwin Schrott bass Uruguay
1997, Tokyo 1st Prize Chang Yong Liao baritone China
Carla Maria Izzo [it] soprano Italy
2nd Prize Jung-Hack Seo baritone South Korea
Aquiles Machado [es] tenor Venezuela
3rd Prize Xiu Wei Sun soprano China
Zarzuela Prize Angel Rodriguez Rivero tenor Spain
Aquiles Machado tenor Venezuela
Audience Prize Carla Maria Izzo baritone Italy
1996, Bordeaux 1st Prize John Osborn tenor United States
Lynette Tapia soprano United States
2nd Prize Phyllis Pancella mezzo-soprano United States
Eric Owens bass United States
3rd Prize Vittorio Vitelli baritone Italy
Carlos Moreno tenor Spain
Zarzuela Prize Nancy Fabiola Herrera mezzo-soprano Spain
Oziel Garza-Ornelas baritone Mexico
Audience Prize Lynette Tapia soprano United States
1995, Madrid 1st Prize Miguel Angel Zapatero bass Spain
Sung Eun Kim soprano South Korea
2nd Prize Elizabeth Futral soprano United States
Dīmītra Theodosiou [it; uk] soprano Greece
3rd Prize Carmen Oprisanu mezzo-soprano Romania
Zarzuela Prize Ana María Martínez soprano Puerto Rico
Rafael Rojas tenor Mexico
Audience Prize Dīmītra Theodosiou soprano Greece
1994, Mexico City Winner Brian Asawa countertenor United States
José Cura tenor Argentina
Bruce Fowler tenor United States
Simone Alberghini bass Italy
María Cecilia Díaz [es; ast] mezzo-soprano Argentina
Masako Teshima mezzo-soprano Japan
Oxana Arkaeva [de] soprano Ukraine
Audience Prize José Cura tenor Argentina
1993, Paris Winner Ainhoa Arteta soprano Span
Inva Mula soprano Albania
Nina Stemme mezzo-soprano Sweden
Kwangchul Youn bass South Korea
Audience Prize Ainhoa Arteta soprano Spain

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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