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Winners of Operalia 2015 announced

Winners include Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea, Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen and Jette Parker Young Artist Kiandra Howarth.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 July 2015 at 10.33am | 3 Comments

The winners of Operalia 2015 have been announced.

First prizes went to Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea and Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. Hotea also won the Don Plácido Domingo, Sr. prize for Zarzuela, while Davidsen won the Birgit Nilsson Prize and the Rolex Audience Prize.

Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist Kiandra Howarth won the Culturarte Prize.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • First Prizes – Ioan Hotea, Romania / Lise Davidsen, Norway
  • Second Prizes – Darren Pene Pati, New Zealand / Hye Sang Park, South Korea
  • Third Prizes – Edward Parks, USA / Noluvuyiso Mpofu, South Africa
  • Birgit Nilsson Prize – Lise Davidsen, Norway
  • The Pepita Embil Domingo Prize for Zarzuela – Hye Sang Park, South Korea
  • The Don Plácido Domingo, Sr. Prize for Zarzuela – Ioan Hotea, Romania
  • Audience Prizes – Darren Pene Pati, New Zealand / Lise Davidsen, Norway
  • The Culturarte Prize – Kiandra Howarth, Australia

Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the Operalia competition has helped launch the careers of the best young opera singers in the world. It has become one of the most prestigious vocal competitions, with many of the most famous names in opera past prize-winners and finalists. Previous winners include Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonatoRolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott and Sonya Yoncheva.

Operalia is sponsored by Rolex.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 July 2015 at 10.33am

This article has been categorised Music and tagged Ioan Hotea, Kiandra Howarth, Lise Davidsen, Operalia, winners

This article has 3 comments

  1. siyabonga ximba responded on 20 July 2015 at 11:42am Reply

    well done to all the winners , bongani justice kubheka you still a winner boy , making it to this far it an achievement , proudly SA (Newcastle )

  2. Anne responded on 20 July 2015 at 6:39pm Reply

    It was a great evening, well done to all the finalists- wish we could have given each of you an award!

  3. Yvonne Gander responded on 21 July 2015 at 8:18pm Reply

    What a fantastic evening it was. So nice to see such talent. Congratulations to all the winners. Hope to see them on the stage of The Royal Opera House in the future.
    Thank you Maestro Domingo for taking time to nurture new talent. It would be nice to think that the Operalia may return to The opera House again with your good self Maestro.

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