OPERA NEWS - Twelve Singers Advance to Finals Round of Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in Prague
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23 July 2019

Twelve Singers Advance to Finals Round of Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in Prague


T WELVE SINGERS HAVE ADVANCED to the final round of Operalia, Plácido Domingo’s annual opera competition, which is currently underway at Prague’s National Theatre.

The finalists, selected from forty young singers who traveled to Prague to take part in two days of quarterfinals beginning on July 21, will compete for individual prizes amounting to as much as $30,000 in the final-round concert, which will take place on Friday evening at Prague's National Theater. Twenty-two singers advanced in Monday's semifinals round, in which each was asked to perform a selected aria—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 live-streamed on medici.tv as well as via Operalia's Facebook page, and will feature the finalists performing alongside a full orchestra conducted by Domingo. 

The finalists include: Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga; South Korean tenor Mario Bahg; Polish tenor Piotr Buszewski; Guatemalan soprano Adriana Gonzalez; Russian mezzo Maria Kataeva; South Korean baritone Gihoon Kim; South African baritone Bongani Justice Kubheka; American soprano Felicia Moore; Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson; German-American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen; American soprano Liv Redpath; and Russian soprano Anna Shapovalova. Anduaga, Bahg, Gonzalez, Kataeva and Kim will also compete as finalists in the Zarzuela category.   

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 by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. In addition, an audience prize is given to one male and one female singer, and a 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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