Placido Domingo’s Operalia, world’s most prestigious vocal competition, is taking place at the Astana Opera from 24 to 29 July, 2017, within the framework of the EXPO-2017, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Operalia, the World Opera Competition, founded by the great opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, is presented by Rolex.
Among the 40 talented young vocalists from 17 countries of the world who will take part in the twenty-fifth edition of Operalia are four Kazakhstani artists, including a soloist of the Astana Opera, laureate of many international competitions Maria Mudryak. Operalia’s guest of honor is People’s Artist of the USSR Bibigul Akhmetovna Tulegenova.
The audience will be able to attend all stages of the competition. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, which will be held on July 24, 25 and 26, will take place in the form of auditions. The participants will perform their chosen arias from the world opera classics to the accompaniment of the Operalia’s piano accompanists. On July 29, ten finalists will perform and compete at the Finals Concert, accompanied by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Domingo himself.
According to tradition, the jury, presided by Placido Domingo as a non-voting mediator, includes distinguished industry professionals – representatives of leading international opera houses. Among them – Artistic Director of the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova (Italy), Guest Conductor of the Astana Opera (Kazakhstan) Giuseppe Acquaviva, Artistic Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera (New York, USA) Jonathan Friend, Director of the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna, Austria) Dominique Meyer, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House (London, United Kingdom) Peter Katona, Casting Director of the Opéra National de Paris (France) Ilias Tzempetonidis, Artistic Director of the Teatro Real (Madrid, Spain) Joan Matabosch, Stage Director Marta Domingo, General Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago (USA) Anthony Freud, General Manager-Artistic Director of the Palau de las Arts (Valencia, Spain) Davide Livermore, Casting Consultant of the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich, Germany), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (UK), Opéra de Lille (France), Norwegian Opera House Pål Moe, Artistic Consultant Andrés Rodriguez, Director of the Artistic Adminsitration of the Theater Bonn (Germany) Carolin Wielpütz.
In addition to the soloist of the Astana Opera, laureate of numerous international competitions, magnificent soprano Maria Mudryak, among the participants of Operalia-2017 are: Damir Saduakhassov (tenor), Stanislav Li, Rassul Zharmagambetov (baritone, Kazakhstan), Sooyeon Lee, So Young Park, (сопрано), Seungju Bahg (tenor), Leon Kim, Hojoun Lee (baritone, Republic of Korea), Chao Deng (bass-baritone, China), Nozomi Kato (mezzo-soprano, Japan), Lancelot Nomura (bass, UK/Japan), Camila Titinger (soprano, Brazil/Italy), Levy Sekgapane (tenor, South Africa), Joshua Dennis (tenor), Emmett O’Hanlon (baritone, USA), André Courville (bass-baritone, USA), Rupert Enticknap (countertenor, UK), Carolina Lippo, Damiana Mizzi (soprano), Marco Ciaponi, Davide Giusti (tenor), Andreas Gies (baritone), Emanuele Cordaro (bass, Italy), Valentina Stadler (mezzo-soprano, Germany), Mihail Mihaylov (tenor, Bulgaria), Boris Prýgl (bass-baritone, Czech Republic), Adela Zaharia (soprano, Romania), Joanna Zawartko (soprano, Poland), Nadia Cerchez (soprano, Moldova), Ruslana Koval (soprano, Ukraine), Vlada Borovko, Elena Guseva, Kristina Mkhitaryan, Oksana Sekerina (soprano), Anna Sinitsyna, Daria Telyatnikova, Victoria Yarovaya (mezzo-soprano), Iliya Selivanov (tenor), Alexander Aliev (baritone, Russia).
Let us remind that Operalia is open to singers of all vocal types (from bass to soprano) aged 18 to 32 years old. The total prize fund is from 180 000 US Dollars. In addition to the winners of the I, II and III prize among male and female voices, the prizes include Birgit Nilsson Prize for performance in the German repertoire of R. Wagner and R. Strauss, Pepita Embil de Domingo and Placido Domingo Sr., prizes for the best zarzuela performance (a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre similar to operetta), the Audience Award in the form of wrist watches offered by Rolex.
Rolex is proud to present Operalia, the World Opera Competition, for the 16th consecutive year, perpetuating its commitment to the arts. Plácido Domingo has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1982, and Rolex is delighted to extend its support to the exceptionally gifted young performers who share its quest for excellence and perfection.
Learn the competition guidelines and follow the news on the Operalia website (http://www.operaliacompetition.org/).