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 DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott and Sonya Yoncheva.
Operalia is sponsored by Rolex.