The finale of the International Competition of Young Vocalists «Operalia» Placido Domingo

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Location: «Astana Opera» theatre

Date: July 24-26, July 29

First Quarterfinal
Second Quarterfinal


Placido Domingo’s «Operalia» – world’s most prestigious vocal competition founded by the great opera singer and conductor himself – for the first time will be held in Kazakhstan. The twenty-fifth edition of the World Opera Competition will take place at the Astana Opera from 24 to 29 July, 2017, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

«Operalia» is open to singers of all vocal types (from bass to soprano) aged 18 to 32 years old. 40 talented vocalists from different parts of the globe will arrive in Astana. Preliminary selection by electronic applications was held from December 2016 to February 2017. The contest itself will take place in three rounds and end with a gala concert with the participation of the finalists, accompanied by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra conducted by the Maestro Domingo.

Placido Domingo, who is known as «the King of Opera» and «the greatest operatic artist of modern times», has always taken a special interest in promising young singers, and seen the enormous difficulties they face in the beginning of their careers.

«My purpose in «Operalia» is to help identify not only the best voices, but also to discover those singers whose personalities, characters and powers of interpretation show that they have the potential to become complete artists. Individuals such as these become tomorrow’s stars,» noted Maestro Domingo.

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 and others.

Let us remind that the competition was founded in Paris in 1993, where it was first held at the famous Palais Garnier. Since then, «Operalia» is held annually in different countries at the most prestigious venues. Among them are the legendary Milanese Teatro alla Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro Real (Madrid, Spain), Teatro Filarmonico (Verona, Italy), etc. The previous years’ winners, whose professional success was facilitated by the participation in «Operalia», include world opera stars Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott, Sonya Yoncheva, Nina Stemme, José Cura, Joseph Calleja, Inva Mula among many others.

Placido Domingo’s «Operalia», the World Opera Competition is presented by Rolex.

Learn the competition guidelines and follow the news on the «Operalia» website (



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