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15 July 2015

Eleven Singers Enter Final Round of Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in London

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Plácido Domingo announces soprano Lise Davidsen as a finalist in this year's edition of the Operalia Competition, currently underway in London 

Eleven singers have been selected to compete in the final round of this year’s Operalia competition, the worldwide opera contest founded by Plácido Domingo that is currently underway in London.

The finalists, selected from forty singers who traveled to London to take part in the quarterfinals on July 13, will compete for prizes amounting to as much as $30,000 in the final-round concert, which will take place on Sunday evening at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.

The competition’s finalists, who were selected by a panel of ten judges from prominent posts within the opera industry, include: tenor Julien Behr (France); soprano Andrea Carroll (USA); soprano Lise Davidsen (Norway); baritone Tobias Greenhalgh (USA); tenor Ioan Hotea (Romania); soprano Kiandra Howarth (Australia); bass-baritone Bongani Justice Kubheka (South Africa); soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu (South Africa); soprano Hyesang Park (South Korea); baritone Edward Parks (USA); and tenor Darren Pene Pati (New Zealand). In addition to vying for the competition’s main prizes, Carroll, Hotea, Howawrth, Park and Pati will also compete in Operalia’s Zarzuela category, which requires the preparation of a Zarzuela aria for the audition-style quarter- and semi-finals.

Open to singers between the ages of 18 and 32 from every country and of every voice type, this year's competition drew more than one-thousand initial applicants. Of those applicants, forty candidates were invited to London, and twenty were advanced into the semi-finals.

On Sunday evening's Gala concert, the eleven finalists will perform on the stage of the Royal Opera House, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with Plácido Domingo conducting. The competition finals will bestow two $30,000 first prizes, two $20,000 second prizes, and two $10,000 third prizes, with one male and one female singer receiving prizes in each category. In addition, one man and woman will each receive a $15,000 Birgit Nilsson prize for his or her performance of an aria by Richard Strauss or Richard Wagner. Likewise, among those participating in the Zarzuela category, one male and one female singer will receive a $10,000 Zarzuela prize, given and named in honor of Plácido Domingo's parents — who were stars of the Spanish form of operetta — and meant to encourage singers to work in the art form. Two audience-prize winners, awarded by a polling of those in attendance at the finals concert, will garner watches offered by Rolex, the competition's sponsor. Finally, Bertita & Guillermo Martinez from CulturArte de Puerto Rico will bestow the $10,000 Culturarte Prize. 

Founded by Domingo in 1993 to identify and launch the careers of emerging young singers, this year marks the twenty-third edition of Operalia, which travels each year to a different host city. Past Operalia winners have included Ainhoa Arteta, Nina Stemme, Brian Asawa, José Cura, Elizabeth Futral, Eric Owens, Erwin Schrott, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazon, Joseph Calleja, Susanna Phillips, Ailyn Perez, Olga Peretyatko and Sonya Yoncheva. spacer 

More information can be found at Operalia.  

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