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OPERALIA – QUARTERFINALS – 21st July and 22nd July 2019
The quarterfinals take place in a form of auditions/performances of each contestant accompanied by a piano.

The length of the quarterfinals is about 6 hours with one hour break, so it is allowed to leave and come back to the concert hall during the competition, however, we ask the audience to only do so in between the performances.

Planned intermission 21. 7.: 19:30 – 20:30
Planned intermission 22. 7.: 17:30 – 18:30
Changes of individual laps and breaks reserved.

We kindly ask the audience not to applaud after the performances.

OPERALIA – SEMIFINAL – 23rd July 2019
The semifinal take place in a form of auditions/performances of each contestant accompanied by a piano

The length of the semifinal is about 4 hours with one hour break, so it is allowed to leave and come back to the concert hall during the competition, however, we ask the audience to only do so in between the performances.

Planned intermission 23. 7.: 17:30 – 18:30.
Changes of individual laps and breaks reserved

We kindly ask the audience not to applaud after the performances.

OPERALIA – FINALE – 26th July 2019
The final concert of the competition will be accompanied by the National Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Plácido Domingo who will moderate the evening as well.

The first part of the evening will be started with the performances of the 10 finalists, concluded by an Operalia hymn performed by all 41 participants. The audience can vote for the Audience Prize during the intermission. The evening will end with the official announcement of the winners.

18:00 – 20:00 finale concert
20:00 – 21:00 intermission, vote for the Audience Award
21:00 – 22:00 announcement of the winners

Repertoire:
Opera arias (Giuseppe Verdi, Johan Strauss II, Richard Wagner and other), Zarzuela

The final evening will be filmed and broadcasted on ČT Art exclusively by Czech Television.


PARTICIPANTS 2019

ANGELINA AKHMEDOVA, soprano, Uzbekistan, 24
GERMÁN ALCÁNTARA, baritone, Argentina, 31
XABIER ANDUAGA, tenor, Spain, 24
MARIO BAHG, tenor, South Korea, 29
DOMINIC BARBERI, bass, United Kingdom, 30
CLAIRE BARNETT-JONES, mezzo-soprano, United Kingdom, 29
GUADALUPE BARRIENTOS, mezzo-soprano, Argentina, 32
ZDISLAVA BOČKOVÁ, soprano, Czech Republic, 27
AMANDA LYNN BOTTOMS, mezzo-soprano, USA, 27
PIOTR BUSZEWSKI, tenor, Poland, 26
NEVEN CRNIĆ, baritone, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 25
LAUREN DECKER, contralto, USA, 29
OTGONBAT ERDENE, baritone, Mongolia, 29
ADRIANA GONZALEZ, soprano, Guatemala, 27
ALYONA GUZ, soprano, Ukraine, 30
SAMUEL HASSELHORN, baritone, Germany, 29
MARIA KATAEVA, mezzo-soprano, Russia, 32
GIHOON KIM, baritone, South Korea, 27
SUNGHO KIM, tenor, South Korea, 29
BONGANI JUSTICE KUBHEKA, baritone, South Africa, 28
MYKHAILO MALAFII, tenor, Ukraine, 28
HÉLOÏSE MAS, mezzo-soprano, France, 31
LUVUYO MBUNDU, baritone, South Africa, 26
FELICIA MOORE, soprano, USA, 31
JULIA MUZYCHENKO, soprano, Russia, 25
MARIA NAZAROVA, soprano, Russia, 30
CHRISTINA NILSSON, soprano, Sweden, 29
DANIEL NOYOLA, bass, Mexico, 27
ARYEH NUSSBAUM COHEN, countertenor, USA/Germany, 25
IGOR ONISHCHENKO, baritone, Ukraine, 26
CHRISTIAN PURSELL, bass-baritone, USA, 28
DAMIR RAKHMONOV, tenor, Uzbekistan, 30
LIV REDPATH, soprano, USA, 27
MARIO ROJAS, tenor, Mexico/Spain, 25
CARLOS ENRIQUE SANTELLI, tenor, USA, 27
ANNA SHAPOVALOVA, soprano, Russia, 31
GRIGORII SHKARUPA, bass, Russia, 29
CAROLYN SPROULE, mezzo-soprano, Canada, 31
ROBERT WATSON, tenor, USA, 31
MATTHEW WHITE, tenor, USA, 27


JURY MEMBERS OPERALIA 2019

MARTA DOMINGO
Stage Director

F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Editor-in-Chief, Opera News

JONATHAN FRIEND
Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA

ANTHONY FREUD
General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA

JEAN-LOUIS GRINDA
General Director, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Monaco
General Director, Chorégies d’Orange, France

PETER KATONA
Director of Casting, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom

JOAN MATABOSCH
Artistic Director, Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain

PÅL MOE
Casting Consultant, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany; Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK; Opéra de Lille, France; Norwegian Opera House

ANDRÉS RODRIGUEZ
Artistic Consultant

ILIAS TZEMPETONIDIS
Casting Director, Opéra National de Paris, France

CAROLIN WIELPÜTZ
Director of the Artistic Adminsitration, Theater Bonn, Germany


OPERALIA, the international Opera competition founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993, will be presented in the Czech Republic for the very first time this summer. The competition has been searching for new generations of talented young opera singers for more than 25 years. The first Edition was held in Paris in 1993 and the competition has since traveled across the globe to the most significant metropolises.

Some of the winners who have firmly established themselves in the world of opera include the great Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and of course, one of today’s most sought-after soprano from Bulgaria, Sonya Yoncheva.

Operalia draws singers from around the world, ranging in ages from 18 to 32, in all the voice categories, so they may be heard by a panel of judges formed by distinguished international opera artistic administrators and casting directors.

The 40 contestants this year come from 20 different countries, including Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Sweden, South Africa and the United States. The group is prominently formed by sopranos and tenors, with a good representation of mezzo-sopranos and baritones. Three basses, a bass-baritone, a contralto and countertenor complete the roster.

The Jury, presided over by Plácido Domingo as a non-voting mediator, will gather in Prague to listen to the 40 singers during the two days of quarterfinals, followed by a semi-final of 20 contestants. The number will then be reduced to 10 finalists who will compete at the Final Round held on 26 July at the National Theatre in Prague, accompanied by the National Theatre Orchestra. Maestro Plácido Domingo will conduct this concert. 

General sponsor: Rolex

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