Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Plácido Domingo's Operalia. It was last on stage 19 July 2015 as part of the Summer 2014/15 season.
Operalia, The World Opera Competition, was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the best young opera singers in the world. It has since become the most important vocal competition, with many of the most famous names in opera past prizewinners and finalists. Previous winners include Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Erwin Schrott.
In 2015 the competition final comes to the Royal Opera House for the first time. Some one thousand contestants regularly apply to take part, and around forty are selected to participate in the final rounds, held in front of an expert jury of leading opera professionals.
News and features
17 July 2015
Our quick introduction to Plácido Domingo’s international opera competition which has launched the careers of artists including Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Erwin Schrott.
16 July 2015
Finalists include Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist Kiandra Howarth.
Young Artist profile: Lauren Fagan - ‘Being an opera singer isn’t a normal job – it’s a vocation that influences your whole life’6 July 2015
The Australian soprano on following in the footsteps of Nina Stemme and Sonya Yoncheva through the Operalia competition, and why opera is an ever-changing art form.
Operalia, The World Opera Competition is an annual international competition for young opera singers. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the competition has helped launch the careers of several important artists, such as Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Rolando Villazón, José Cura, Joyce DiDonato, Elizabeth Futral, Inva Mula and Ana María Martínez.