That's right, The world opera competition will be held July 19 through the 24th in Astana Opera, Astana, Kazakhstan . Luckily for us the finale will be streamed live and on demand exclusively on Medici.tv thanks to Rolex .
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40 talented young vocalists from 17 countries of the world who will take part in the twenty-fifth edition of Placido Domingo’s Operalia, presented by Rolex, have been selected. The tickets are already available for purchase at the Astana Opera.
World’s most prestigious vocal competition Operalia, founded by the great opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, will take 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.
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 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 and other renowned figures.
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/).
The ticket prices are from 1000 Tenge.
Operalia 2017 Competitors :
Alexander Aliev, baritone, Russia, 30
Seungju Bahg, tenor, South Korea, 27
Vlada Borovko, soprano, Russia, 29
Nadia Cerchez, soprano, Moldova, 31
Marco Ciaponi, tenor, Italy, 27
Emanuele Cordaro, bass, Italy, 30
André Courville, bass-baritone, USA, 31
Chao Deng, bass-baritone, China, 28
Joshua Dennis, tenor, USA, 32
Rupert Enticknap, countertenor, UK, 30
Andreas Gies, baritone, Italy, 24
Davide Giusti, tenor, Italy, 30
Elena Guseva, soprano, Russia, 31
Nozomi Kato, mezzo-soprano, Japan, 29
Leon Kim, baritone, South Korea, 30
Ruslana Koval, soprano, Ukraine, 27
Hojoun Lee, baritone, South Korea, 31
Sooyeon Lee, soprano, South Korea, 28
Stanislav Li, baritone, Kazakhstan, 29
Carolina Lippo, soprano, Italy, 30
Mihail Mihaylov, tenor, Bulgaria, 30
Damiana Mizzi, soprano, Italy, 32
Kristina Mkhitaryan, soprano, Russia, 30
Maria Mudryak, soprano, Kazakhstan, 23
Lancelot Nomura, bass, UK/Japan, 30
Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone, USA, 27
So Young Park, soprano, South Korea, 31
Boris Prýgl, bass-baritone, Czech Republic, 25
Damir Saduakhassov, tenor, Kazakhstan, 29
Oksana Sekerina, soprano, Russia, 30
Levy Sekgapane, tenor, South Africa, 26
Iliya Selivanov, tenor, Russia, 27
Anna Sinitsyna, mezzo-soprano, Russia, 29
Valentina Stadler, mezzo-soprano, Germany, 28
Daria Telyatnikova, mezzo-soprano, Russia, 29
Camila Titinger, soprano, Brazil/Italy, 27
Victoria Yarovaya, mezzo-soprano, Russia, 32
Adela Zaharia, soprano, Romania, 29
Joanna Zawartko, soprano, Poland, 29
Rassul Zharmagambetov, baritone, Kazakhstan, 26
According to tradition, the jury, presided by Plácido Domingo as a non-voting mediator, includes distinguished industry professionals:
Artistic Director, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Italy
Guest Conductor, Astana Opera, Kazakhstan
General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA
Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA
Director of Casting, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom
General Manager-Artistic Director, Palau de las Arts, Valencia, Spain
Artistic Director, Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain
Director, Wiener Staatsoper, Austria
Casting Consultant, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany; Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK; Opéra de Lille, France; Norwegian Opera House
Casting Director, Opéra National de Paris, France
Director of the Artistic Administration, Theater Bonn, Germany
Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition, was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. His goal is to attract singers of all voice tessituras and from every country in the world ranging from 18 to 32 years of age, to have them audition and be heard by a panel of distinguished international opera personalities, in the most prestigious and competitive showcase in the world.
Each year, the Competition receives close to 1,000 applications. A select jury of three respected opera professionals listens to every recording submitted and rates them in a one to ten scale. The scores are tallied, uncommon discrepancies in the scoring are jointly discussed, and the top forty candidates are invited to participate in that year’s competition. (A few singers are also held in reserve, in case one or more of the selected candidates are unable to accept the invitation).
The jury of ten opera experts, presided by Plácido Domingo as a non-voting member, convenes in a different international host city every year to listen to all forty finalists live during two days of quarter-finals. Each singer begins by selecting and singing one opera aria from a list of four arias that he or she has chosen, and the jury then asks the singer to perform a second aria from that list. If the singer is also competing in the Zarzuela category, he or she also interprets a zarzuela aria. Twenty participants are then selected to continue on to the semi-finals, in which they sing one aria chosen by the jury and – if they are competing in the Zarzuela category – one Zarzuela aria as well. From the twenty semi-finalists, ten singers are chosen for the Final Round.
The quarter- finals and semi-finals are carried out in audition form accompanied by Operalia’s official pianists. The Final Round is presented in the form of a Gala Concert accompanied by full orchestra and conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo himself. Plácido Domingo is actively present throughout the competition; although he does not vote, he supervises the proceedings and is committed to giving artistic and career advice to all of the participants.
Participating or even winning a prize in this competition is only the beginning of every singer’s relationship with Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. Since the jury is comprised for the most part of international Opera house’s General and/or Casting directors, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia distinguished jurors often invite and engage some of the singers to perform in upcoming productions in their theaters. Plácido Domingo himself, a singer, a conductor and the General Director of the Los Angeles Opera, takes a committed interest in the career development of the competitors. Some singers, perhaps not yet ready for the big stages, may be chosen to join one of several Young Artists programs currently established in Washington and Los Angeles in the United States and Valencia in Spain.