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Feb 2

Operalia World Opera Contest

Operalia World Opera Contest

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May 5, 2022

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Operalia World Opera Contest

Operalia World Opera Contest

Posted on
Feb 2


Operalia was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. Operalia’s goal is to attract singers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two, of all voice types from and all over the world, to have them audition and be heard by a panel of distinguished international personalities, in the most prestigious and competitive showcase in the world.
Each year, the Competition receives hundreds of applications. A pre-selection jury listens to every recording submitted and chooses the top candidates (between 30 and 40) to participate in that year’s competition. The international jury, presided by Plácido Domingo, listens to each of the chosen participants during two days of quarterfinals. Twenty participants are then selected to continue on to the semifinals, and ten singers are chosen for the finals. The quarterfinals and semifinals are carried out in audition form, but the final round is presented in the form of a gala concert accompanied by full orchestra.
Participating or even winning a prize in this competition is only the beginning of every singer’s relationship with Operalia. Since the jury is comprised, for the most part, of international opera managers and casting directors, these distinguished jurors often invite and engage some of the singers to perform in productions that are being scheduled in their respective theatres. 


The participants will have to prepare their competition repertoire of 4 opera arias. If they wish to participate in the zarzuela category, they may also include 2 zarzuela arias. The arias submitted on Embark may be included in the competition repertoire. The participants may also choose a completely different repertoire for the competition itself.

Application Information

We highly recommend to submit your application well before the deadline and not on May 5, as the system might be overloaded and applications might not go through.  Operalia does not charge any application fee, but please note that you will be required to cover a small fee to Embark for the use of their portal.

1. Create an account on our official application portal
2. Once you have created an account on this portal you will be asked to fill out an application form and then upload the following documents and recordings:

  • A scanned copy of current passport
  • A professional biography and resume in English (Word or PDF format, 1 page maximum
  • A headshot photograph (1MB Minimum, Minimum size 4×6, Resolution 300 dpi, Format JPEG)
  • Video recordings of 2 opera arias of your choice. You may also add a recording of a zarzuela aria, but that is optional (in case you are selected to participate in the competition, you may include, or not, these arias in your competition repertoire)

Deadline Details

Audition Information

A pre-selection jury will listen to every recording submitted and will choose the top candidates (between 30 and 40) to participate in this year’s competition.

Payment Information


First Prize
Female Voice: $30,000
Male Voice:   $30,000

Second Prize
Female Voice: $20,000
Male Voice: $20,000
Third Prize
Female Voice: $10,000
Male Voice: $10,000
Birgit Nilsson Prize
Awarded to the singers interpreting arias of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner
Female Voice:  $15,000
Male Voice: $15,000
Zarzuela Prize
These prizes are awarded in honor of Plácido Domingo’s parents, famous Zarzuela performers, and are meant to encourage singers to work in this art form.
Pepita Embil de Domingo – Female Voice: $10,000
Don Plácido Domingo – Male Voice: $10,000

Rolex Audience Prize
Female Voice:  Rolex Wristwatch
Male Voice:  Rolex Wristwatch
These prizes are voted and chosen by the audience attending the competition finals and offered by Rolex.

CulturArte Prize $10,000
Special Prize offered by Guillermo and Bertita Martínez

The Finalists who are not prize winners receive an Encouragement Award of $5,000.
Tied winners may also receive a prize.

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Application Details

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Fee: $

Opportunity Dates

Start Date:
End Date:

Location Details

New York, NY

Riga Latvia: Mon 24th Oct 2022 - Sun 30th Oct 2022

Contact Email Address

Contact Phone Number

+1 212 580 3011

Contact Details

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