When to see it
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, JoyceDiDonato, 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.