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Operalia 2015 Finalists announced

Finalists include Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist Kiandra Howarth.

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

16 July 2015 at 11.27am | 3 Comments

The finalists for Operalia 2015 have been announced.

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 DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott and Sonya Yoncheva.

The 2015 final will be held at the Royal Opera House for the first time in the competition's 22-year history on 19 July and will see the finalists perform with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Plácido Domingo. Quarter and semi-finals have been running throughout the week and the final will be streamed online via The winner will be crowned on Sunday by an expert jury of leading opera professionals.

The finalists are as follows:

Opera finalists

  • Edward Parks, baritone, USA
  • Andrea Carroll, soprano, USA
  • Julien Behr, tenor, France
  • Kiandra Howarth, soprano, Australia
  • Bongani Justice Kubheka, bass-baritone, South Africa
  • Hyesang Park, soprano, South Korea
  • Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone, USA
  • Darren Pene Pati, tenor, New Zealand
  • Noluvuyiso Mpofu, soprano, South Africa
  • Ioan Hotea, tenor, Romania
  • Lise Davidsen, soprano, Norway

Zarzuela finalists

  • Andrea Carroll, soprano, USA
  • Darren Pene Pati, tenor, New Zealand
  • Kiandra Howarth, soprano, Australia
  • Ioan Hotea, tenor, Romania
  • Hyesang Park, soprano, South Korea

The Operalia final will take place on 19 July 2015. A limited number of tickets are still available.
The competition is generously supported by Rolex.


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

16 July 2015 at 11.27am

This article has been categorised Music and tagged by Plácido Domingo, Kiandra Howarth, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, Production

This article has 3 comments

  1. john bernays responded on 16 July 2015 at 2:03pm Reply

    There seem to be some finalists singing twice on Sunday!?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 16 July 2015 at 3:09pm

      Hi John,

      This is due to the two elements of the finals - the Opera category and the Zarzuela category.

      The list has been amended to reflect this


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Anne Aldridge responded on 18 July 2015 at 3:23pm Reply

    Toi toi to all in this exciting final!

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