Guidelines

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: PLÁCIDO DOMINGO'S OPERALIA, THE WORLD OPERA COMPETITION

 

Sunday, July 21st to Friday, July 26th, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic

Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and honor the best new, young opera singers of today. His goal is to attract singers from around the world and have them audition and compete before a most distinguished panel of judges conformed by established international Opera Casting Directors and General Managers. Above and beyond the biggest money prize ever awarded to the finalists of a competition of this nature, it is Plácido Domingo’s firm commitment to build and support the career of any and all worthy contestants through his own personal guidance, consideration and recommendation.

 

Under the artistic guidance of Plácido Domingo, his Operalia competition is open to singers of all voice types, between the ages of 18 and 32 years old and who are ready to perform on the world’s great opera stages. Hosted in a different international city every year, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Twenty Seventh Edition will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from Sunday, July 21st through to Friday, July 26th, 2019 at the National Theater. The 40 applicants selected to participate in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2019 will receive round trip travel arrangements to Prague, Czech Republic and accommodations in this city by the Competition’s organizing committee.

 

All contestants must have 4 opera arias prepared in their original language. They may add, if they wish, 2 Zarzuela arias in order to compete in the Zarzuela section of the competition. Pianists / Accompanists will be readily available to the contestants during the competition.

 

Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2019 will take place over several rounds. These are:

1. PRELIMINARY SELECTION BY ELECTRONIC APPLICATION

Only through https://operalia.embark.com/apply/operalia2019

Between November 15th 2018 and February 1st 2019

It is highly recommended to apply well before the deadline and not on February 1st, as the system might be overloaded and applications might not go through.

Applicants must create an account in our official portal and submit their application through the following link:
https://operalia.embark.com/apply/operalia2019

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.

 

Once you create an account on https://operalia.embark.com/apply/operalia2019 you will be asked to fill out an application and upload the following documents and recordings:

a) Application Form
b) A scanned copy of current passport
c) A professional biography and resume in English (Word or PDF format, 1 page maximum)
d) A personal Headshot photograph (Minimum size 4x6, Resolution 300 dpi, Format JPEG)
e)
 
Video Recordings of 2 opera arias of the applicant’s choice (in addition, applicants may also upload 1 Zarzuela aria).

 

Requirements for video recordings include:

  • Only video recordings will be accepted

  • Only high quality and recent recordings (within the last year) will be accepted

  • Opera arias must be from 2 different operas

  • Arias are required to be performed in their original language

  • Only live piano or orchestra accompaniment will be accepted (pre-recorded orchestra "karaoke" accompaniment will not be accepted)

  • Only 2 opera arias will be accepted

 

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of three judges who will select the 40 contestants to be invited to participate in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (The panel will choose also 10 alternate contestants who may substitute the first chosen contestants in case any of them cannot perform. These alternate contestants should remain available if necessary.) Both the first chosen contestants and the alternate contestants will be notified by email.

2. QUARTERFINALS ROUND - LIVE AUDITIONS ACCOMPANIED BY PIANO

Sunday, July 21st & Monday, July 22nd, 2019

The 40 selected contestants must have prepared 4 opera arias in their original language. They may optionally prepare 2 Zarzuela arias. In this first round, each contestant will sing 2 arias from among the 4 arias prepared. The first aria will be chosen by the contestant and the second aria will be chosen for the contestants by the official jury. The Zarzuela aria will also be requested by the Jury in case the contestants have chosen to participate in this category. The Jury will audition 20 contestants on July 21st and 20 others on July 22nd. On the evening of July 22nd. the Jury will select the 20 contestants that will advance to the next round.

3. SEMIFINALS ROUND - LIVE AUDITIONS ACCOMPANIED BY PIANO

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

20 semi-finalists will each sing 1 aria selected from among the prepared arias, chosen for them by the official Jury, and 1 optional Zarzuela aria. The Jury will then select the 10 contestants that will advance to the final round.

4. FINAL ROUND - LIVE AUDITIONS ACCOMPANIED BY FULL ORCHESTRA

Friday, July 26th, 2019

The 10 finalists will each choose 1 aria to sing from among the prepared arias and 1 optional Zarzuela aria. Under the leadership of Plácido Domingo, a most distinguished panel of judges conformed by established international Opera Casting Directors and General Managers from the world’s great opera houses will select the winners of the Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2019 Competition.

ANY QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to: info@operaliacompetition.com

Please send your Electronic Application

through the following link: https://operalia.embark.com/apply/operalia2019

 

MINIMUM AGE: 18           MAXIMUM AGE: 32

(Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 32 years old by the date of July 26, 2019)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2019

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