After three days of quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, 13 singers have been selected as the finalists who will compete in the 21st edition of Operalia on Saturday, August 30.
Mario Chang* (tenor, Guatemala, 24)
Anaïs Constans* (soprano, France, 26)
Carol Garcia* (mezzo-soprano, Spain 30)
Joshua Guerrero* (tenor, USA/Mexico, 31)
John Holiday (countertenor, USA, 29)
Alisa Kolosova (mezzo-soprano, Russia, 27)
Abdellah Lasri (tenor, Morocco, 32)
Yi Li (tenor, China, 30)
Andrey Nemzer (countertenor, Russia, 31)
Christina Poulitsi (soprano, Greece, 31)
Mariangela Sicilia (soprano, Italy, 28)
Rachel Willis-Sorenson* (soprano, USA, 30)
Amanda Woodbury (soprano, USA, 26)
*Those with asterisks will also compete for the zarzuela prize.
While we wish the best for all 13 competitors, we are delighted to note that three finalists have connections to LA Opera! Soprano Amanda Woodbury is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program who has performed with LA Opera as Micaela in Carmen and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Tenor Joshua Guerrero is a current member of the program. He has appeared in Lucia di Lammermoor and A Streetcar Named Desire, and was a featured soloist in An Evening of Zarzuela and Latin American Music. And countertenor John Holiday will make his company debut this autumn in the featured role of the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas.
Amanda Woodbury, Joshua Guerrero, John Holiday