Plácido Domingo's Operalia 2019: Final Round

The World Opera Competition – Live from the Prague National Theater

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Adriana Gonzalez — Soprano

Felicia Moore — Soprano

Christina Nilsson — Soprano

Liv Redpath — Soprano

Anna Shapovalova — Soprano

Maria Kataeva — Mezzo-soprano

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen — Countertenor

Xabier Anduaga — Tenor

Piotr Buszewski — Tenor

Mario Bahg — Tenor

Gihoon Kim — Baritone

Bongani Justice Kubheka — Baritone

Program notes

For the 2019 edition, the final round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition presented by Rolex will take place in the Czech Republic at Prague’s National Theater. A not-to-be-missed classical music event when the newest stars of tomorrow’s lyric opera scene will be discovered, now in its 10th edition on!

Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the competition launched the careers of now-famous singers like Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, Ludovic Tézier, Rolando Villazón, Stéphane Degout, Inva Mula, Nina Stemme, José Cura, John Osborn, Susanna Phillips, and many more. Once more this year, is the official partner for the event.

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 2019 Operalia winners are:

  • The winner of the Don Plácido Domingo Zarzuela Prize (male): Xabier Anduaga   
  • The winner of the Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela  Prize (female): Adriana Gonzalez   
  • The winner of the Culturarte Prize chosen and offered by Bertita & Guillermo Martinez: Anna Shapovalova    
  • The winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize (male): None  
  • The winners of the Birgit Nilsson Prize (female): Felicia Moore & Christina Nilsson
  • Third-Prize winner (male): Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
  • Third-Prize winner (female): Christina Nilsson    
  • Second-Prize winner (male): Gihoon Kim    
  • Second-Prize winner (female): Maria Kataeva    
  • First-Prize winner (male): Xabier Anduaga   
  • First-Prize winner (female): Adriana Gonzalez
  • The winner of the Rolex Audience Prize (male): Gihoon Kim      
  • The winner of the Rolex Audience Prize (female): Maria Kataeva

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