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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 will bring 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, only ten singers will make it to the final round of competition, which takes the form of a concert with Plácido Domingo conducting the LA Opera Orchestra. An international panel of judges will then announce the winners. Don't miss your chance to see the stars of tomorrow today!

To see a listing of the competitors and the judges, please click here.

Rolex is the Presenting Sponsor of OPERALIA.


Please note the start time of 7:00 PM.




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


More information about Operalia can be found at