26 May 2015 at 3.50pm | Comment on this article
The list of quarter-finalists for Operalia 2015 has been announced, including three current Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists – Australian sopranos Lauren Fagan and Kiandra Howarth, and Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly.
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 former 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 2015 and will see the finalists perform with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Plácido Domingo. The shortlist of 40 from 20 countries has been whittled down from around 1,000 applicants, and the winner will be crowned by an expert jury of leading opera professionals.
The competition is generously supported by Rolex.