23 August 2013

Final Round of Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition to Feature Twelve Singers in General Division, Four in Zarzuela

Plácido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Competition, founded in 1993 by the famed Spanish tenor, enters its final round on Sunday evening, with one dozen participants slated to take part in the general-division competition, and four contestants participating in the competition's zarzuela division. The final-round concert, which will take place at the Verona's Teatro Filarmonico, will feature the singers performing with an full orchestra conducted by Domingo. 

Contestants in the competition, who are between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of entry, and are already deemed to be performing at a high level at the time of their participation, are selected from as many as 1,000 submissions each year. Only the top forty submissions to the contest are invited to take part in the live competition, which has a total of ten prizes amounting to some $175,000. The general competition awards first, second and third prizes for singers of each gender, while just two prizes are bestowed in the zarzuela division. In addition, an audience prize is given to one male and one female singer. A jury comprised of fourteen opera house-administrators and journalists has been chosen adjudicate the competition.

Past participants in Operalia include Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Rolando Villazon, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral and Ana María Martínez.  

This year's finalists in the competition's general division include: tenors Vladimir Dmitruk and Zach Borichevsky; sopranos Mirella Bunoaica, Julie Fuchs, Irina Churilova, Hae Ji Chang, Aida Garifullina, Kathryn Lewek and Tracy Cox; contralto Claudia Huckle; baritone Simone Piazzola; and bass-baritone Ao Li. The finalists in the zarzuela division are Borichevsky and Chang, as well as tenors Benjamin Bliss and Diego Silva. 

The final round finds each of the participants performing a single aria or zarzuela excerpt. In the general division, Belarusian Vladimir Dmitruk, 26, will perform Lensky's aria from Eugene Onegin; Romanian soprano Mirella Bunoaica, 28, will sing "Qui la voce" from I Puritani; French soprano Julie Fuchs, 29, will sing "En proie à la tristesse" from  Le Comte Ory; British contralto Claudia Huckle, 31, will sing Erda's "Weiche, Wotan, weiche" from Das Rheingold; Russian soprano Irina Churilova, 30, will perform "Pace, pace" from Forza del Destinto; American tenor Zach Borichevsky, 29, will sing "Rachel, quand du Seigneur…" from La Juive;South Korean soprano Hae Ji Chang, 29, will sing "Caro nome"; Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, 25, will sing "Oh! quante volte ti chiedo" from I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, 28, will perform "Io morrò, ma lieto in core" from Don Carlo; American soprano Kathryn Lewek, 30, will sing "Regnava nel silenzio" from Lucia di Lammermoor; American soprano Tracy Cox, 27, will perform "Morrò, ma prima in grazia" from Un Ballo in Maschera; and Chinese bass-baritone Ao Li, 25, will sing "Ves tabor spit" from Rachmaninoff's Aleko. In the zarzuela division, Borichevsky will perform "Pajarin, tú que vuelas" from La Pícara Molinera; Chang will sing "Me llaman la primorosa" from El Barbero de Sevilla; American tenor Benjamin Bliss, 27, will perform "Flor roja" from Los Gavilanes; and Mexican tenor Diego Silva, 24, will sing "No puede ser" from "La Tabernera del Puerto." 

Medici.tv plans to broadcast the final round of Operalia live on www.medici.tv at 2 PM (EDT) on Sunday, August 25. spacer 

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