Latvian National Opera and Ballet has the honor to host this year's edition of the prestigious New vocalist competition OPERALIA, which will take place at the Latvian National Opera from October 24 to 30, 2022. Two of the competition events will be available also for public, allowing to follow the spirit of the competition and to get to know the future stars of the opera world at the beginning of their creative journey.
On October 26 at 4pm, the competition invite listeners to attend the Competition Semi-Finals. Each of the approximately 20 semi-finalists will perform two compositions with piano accompaniment.
The competition Finals will take place on October 30 at 6pm. In Gala Concert 10 finalists will perform together with the Latvian National Opera Orchestra under the baton of maestro Plácido Domingo.
Competition Operalia was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Operalia’s goal is to attract singers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two, of all voice types from and all over the world, to have them audition and be heard by a panel of distinguished international personalities, in the most prestigious and competitive showcase in the world.
Each year, the Competition receives hundreds of applications. A pre-selection jury listens to every recording submitted and chooses the top candidates (between 30 and 40) to participate in that year’s competition. The international jury, presided by Plácido Domingo, listens to each of the chosen participants during two days of quarterfinals. Twenty participants are then selected to continue on to the semifinals, and ten singers are chosen for the finals. The quarterfinals and semifinals are carried out in audition form, but the final round is presented in the form of a gala concert accompanied by full orchestra.
Participating or even winning a prize in this competition is only the beginning of every singer’s relationship with Operalia. Since the jury is comprised of international opera managers and casting directors, these distinguished jurors often invite and engage some of the singers to perform in productions that are being scheduled in their respective theaters.
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