Winners of the 2013 Operalia Competition:
1st Prize – Aida Garifullina, soprano
2nd Prize – Julie Fuchs, soprano
3rd Prize – Kathryn Lewek, soprano
1st Prize – Ao Li, bass-baritone
2nd Prize – Simone Piazzolla, baritone
3rd Prize – Zach Borichevsky, tenor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Simone Piazzolla, baritone
Hae Ji Chang, soprano
Benjamin Bliss, tenor
Birgit Nilsson Prizes:
Claudia Huckle, contralto
Tracy Cox, soprano
The CulturArte de Puerto Rico Prize:
Vladimir Dvitruk, tenor
Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, Operalia is an international singing competition which aims at revealing the most promising talents and personalities of the operatic world. Among the singers rewarded by Operalia, we can quote Ludovic Tezier, Rolando Villazón, Stéphane Degout, Inva Mula, Nina Stemme, José Cura, John Osborn, Susanna Philips, among others. Every year, the competition sets in a different opera house. Following Paris, Mexico, Madrid, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow and Beijing, the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona hosts the competition. For the fourth consecutive year, medici.tv partners with Operalia to broadcast live the final round of the competition.
Operalia's goal is clear: highlight the young talents and help them in their professional career. Plácido Domingo: "Talent alone is not enough; it is also essential for young singers to come to the attention of those impresarios, managers, casting directors, conductors and stage directors who can further their professional careers. My purpose in Operalia is to help identify not only the best voices, but also to discover those singers whose personalities, characters and powers of interpretation show that they have the potential to become complete artists. Individuals such as these become tomorrow's stars. This is why the jury is not exclusively made up of great singers but also includes general managers, stage directors and casting directors."
Finalists of the 2013 Operalia Competition:
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Paul McCreesh, Graham Vick – Plácido Domingo (Bajazet), Jennifer Holloway (Irene), Sara Mingardo (Andronico) – Teatro Real Madrid
Antoni Ros-Marbà, Willy Decker – Giorgio Giuseppini (Lodovico), José Cura (Otello), Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio) – Gran Teatre del Liceu
Jesús López Cobos, Giancarlo del Monaco – Inva Mula (Mimi), Laura Giordano (Musetta) – Teatro Real Madrid