Forty young singers representing 24 nations competed at this year’s edition of Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Plácido Domingo and sponsored by Rolex. The winners were announced after the Sept. 1 finals, which took place at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon.
Canadian-Italian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo was the female first-prize winner; she was also a winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize and the female winner of both the zarzuela prize and the audience prize. Belorusian tenor Pavel Petrov was the male first-prize winner and the male winner of the zarzuela prize.
Russian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan, who was a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program during the 2015/16 season, was the male second-prize winner. The female winner was American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, who additionally shared the Birgit Nilsson Prize with D’Angelo.
Third-place was awarded to Canadian mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb and Russian tenor Arseny Yakovlev. Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes was the male winner of both the audience prize and the zarzuela prize, and Brazilian mezzo-soprano Josy Santos was awarded the CulturArte Prize.
Congratulations to all the winners! For more information on Operalia, click here.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.