Operalia, the most prestigious vocal competition in the world will take place at the Latvian National Opera in October

The world's most prestigious opera competition “Operalia” will take place at the Latvian National Opera from October 24 to 30, 2022. The founder and conductor of the competition is the outstanding opera singer and conductor Plásido Domingo. This event will take place in Latvia for the first time.

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.

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. 

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.

Already on February 24 and 25, 2022 the organizers of “Operalia” will arrive in Riga to agree on a detailed plan for the competition.

The application deadline for “Operalia 2022” is May 5, 2022.

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