This year, the final round of Plácido Domingo's competition Operalia presented by Rolex takes place on the stage of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal! One of the year's not-to-be-missed lyric opera events!
Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, this competition has brought some of today's most celebrated singers onto the world stage, including Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, Ludovic Tezier, Rolando Villazón, Stéphane Degout, Inva Mula, Nina Stemme, José Cura, John Osborn, Susanna Phillips, and many others. For its eighth year, medici.tv has become partner in the competition.
Operalia's goal is clear: to create a platform for today's greatest young operatic talents and to boost their professional careers. In Plácido Domingo's own words : "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."
And the 2018 Operalia winners are:
The Audience Prize winner (female): Emily D'Angelo
The Audience Prize winner (male): Luís Gomes
First-Prize winner (female): Emily D'Angelo
First-Prize winner (male): Pavel Petrov
Second-Prize winner (female): Samantha Hankey
Second-Prize winner (male): Migran Agadzhanyan
Third-Prize winner (female): Rihab Chaieb
Third-Prize winner (male): Arseny Yakovlev
The Birgit Nilsson Prize winner: Samantha Hankey & Emily D'Angelo
The Culturarte Prize Chosen and offered by Bertita & Guillermo Martinez from CulturArte de Puerto Rico: Josy Santos
The Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela winner: Emily D’Angelo
The Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela winner: Luís Gomes & Pavel Petrov
The Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Paul McCreesh, Graham Vick – Plácido Domingo (Bajazet), Jennifer Holloway (Irene), Sara Mingardo (Andronico) – Teatro Real Madrid