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Rolex presents Plácido Domingo's Operalia,

The World Opera Competition


Operalia returns to Los Angeles for the third time! Created by Plácido Domingo to discover the best emerging young opera singers of our day, the prestigious international vocal competition brought 40 of the world's most promising young singers to compete on our stage over the course of one week. Out of more than a thousand initial applicants from every corner of the globe, ten singers were selected for the final round of competition, which took the form of a concert with Plácido Domingo conducting the LA Opera Orchestra.

The complete competition results of Operalia 2014:
Two first prizes of $30,000:
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano, USA) and Mario Chang (tenor, Guatemala)

Two second prizes of $20,000:
Amanda Woodbury (soprano, USA) and Joshua Guerrero (tenor, USA/Mexico)

Four third prizes of $10,000:
Tie: Anaïs Constans (soprano, France) and Mariangela Sicilia (soprano, Italy)
Tie: John Holiday (countertenor, USA) and Andrey Nemzer (countertenor, Russia)

The Birgit Nilsson Prize for Wagner/Strauss repertoire ($15,000):
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano, USA)

The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize of $10,000:
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano, USA)

The Don Placido Domingo, Sr., Zarzuela Prize of $10,000:
Mario Chang (tenor, Guatemala)

Two Audience Prizes, watches offered by Rolex:
Amanda Woodbury (soprano, USA) and Mario Chang (tenor, Guatemala)

The CulturArte Prize of $10,000:
Joshua Guerrero (tenor, USA/Mexico)

Operalia winners
Left to right: Andrey Nemzer, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Mario Chang, Mariangela Sicilia,
Plácido Domingo, Anaïs Constans, Joshua Guerrero, Amanda Woodbury, John Holiday.

Click here to see the selections for the Grand Finals Concert.

For a listing of all of the 2014 Operalia competitors and the judges, please click here.

Rolex is the Presenting Sponsor of OPERALIA.


There are currently no upcoming performances.


+ Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program member
++ Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program alumnus

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2013 competition (Verona)


The prizes are awarded in the following categories:
  • Two First Prizes - Male/Female - US$30,000.00
  • Two Second Prizes - Male/Female - US$20,000.00
  • Two Third Prizes - Male/Female - US$10,000.00
  • Two Birgit Nilsson Prizes - Male/Female - US$15,000.00
  • The Pepita Embil Domingo Prize of Zarzuela US$10,000.00
  • The Don Plácido Domingo, Sr., Prize of Zarzuela US$10,000.00
  • Two Audience Prizes - Male/Female - A watch offered by Rolex
  • The Culturarte Prize Chosen and offered by Bertita & Guillermo Martinez from CulturArte de Puerto Rico. US$ 10,000.00
  • Tied winners may also receive a prize.

Zarzuela Prizes
Plácido Domingo was born in Madrid and had the good fortune to have parents who were musicians and theater people. His father, Plácido Domingo, Sr., and his mother, Pepita Embil, were stars of the zarzuela, the Spanish form of operetta. In 1949, when Plácido, Jr., was eight, his parents created a company of their own in Mexico, and he and his younger sister joined them there. The "Zarzuela Prizes" – one for a female singer and one for a male singer – were created in honor of Plácido Domingo’s parents and are meant to encourage singers to work in this art form.

Birgit Nilsson Prizes
German Repertoire of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

The Audience Prizes
These special prizes – watches offered by Rolex – are awarded by a vote of the audience attending the competition finals to the best female singer and best male singer.

live streaming

The Gala Finals Concert on August 30 will be streamed live on www.medici.tv.


More information about Operalia can be found at OperaliaCompetition.org