Twelve Singers Advance to Final Round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Lisbon
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30 August 2018

Twelve Singers Advance to Final Round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Lisbon

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TWELVE SINGERS HAVE ADVANCED to the final round of Operalia, Plácido Domingo’s annual opera competition, which is currently underway in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The finalists, selected from forty young singers who traveled to Lisbon to take part in two days of quarterfinals beginning on August 26, will compete for individual prizes amounting to as much as $30,000 in the final-round concert, which will take place on Sunday evening at Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Twenty-four singers advanced in Tuesday’s semifinals round, in which each was asked to performed two arias—and one zarzuela selection, if competing in the competition’s Zarzuela category—for this year’s jury of ten opera experts. The final-round concert will be broadcast live on and will feature the finalists performing alongside a full orchestra conducted by Domingo. 

The finalists include: Russian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan, 26; Canadian mezzo Rihab Chaieb, 31; Italian-Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo, 23; Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes, tenor, 31; American mezzo Samantha Hankey, 26; German baritone Johannes Kammler, 30; Chinese tenor Long Long, 27; Belarusian tenor Pavel Petrov, 27; American baritone Sean Michael Plumb, 26; South African bass-baritone Simon Shibambu, 31; Swiss-French mezzo Marina Viotti, 32; and Russian tenor Arseny Yakovlev, Russia, 26. 

D’Angelo, Gomes and Petrov will also compete as finalists in the Zarzuela category, along with Brazilian mezzo Josy Santos, 29, and Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, 28.   

Contestants in the competition, who are between the ages of 18 and 32 at the time of entry, and are already deemed to be performing at a high level, 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 bestows a total of twelve prizes amounting to some $180,000. The general competition awards first, second and third prizes for male and female singers, while just two prizes are bestowed to a man and a woman in the zarzuela division; Two Birgit Nilsson are given to male and female singers interpreting arias within the German repertoire of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. In addition, an audience prize is given to one male and one female singer, and prize presented by Bertita & Guillermo Martinez from CulturArte de Puerto Rico is also given to a single singer. A jury comprised of ten opera house-administrators and journalists has been chosen adjudicate the competition.

Past participants in Operalia include Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Rolando Villazón, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral, Ana María Martínez, Olga Peretyatko, Lisette Oropesa, Angel Blue, Sonya Yoncheva, Ryan McKinny, Pretty Yende, Pretty Yende, René Barbera, Janai Brugger, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Aida Garifullina. spacer 

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