Application Guidelines

Who can Participate?

Operalia is open to singers of all voice types, between the ages of 20 and 32 years old and who are ready to perform on the world’s greatest opera stages.

Where to Apply?

Applications may be submitted electronically and only through the official application portal:

https://operalia.embark.com/apply/2024

Operalia 2024 Application Deadline

April 5, 2024

How to Apply?

1.  Create an account on our official application portal through the following link:  

https://operalia.embark.com/apply/2024

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.

Requirements for video recordings include:

  • Only video recordings will be accepted 
  • Only high quality and recent video 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

Important:

We highly recommend to submit your application well before the deadline and not on April 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.

If you have any technical issues while uploading your application, please contact Embark: support@embark.com

For any other questions please send an email to Operalia: info@operaliacompetition.com

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. The selected participants will be announced on the Operalia official website and social media (within a couple of months after the application deadline).

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.

Operalia will cover the cost of the travel arrangements, as well as the accommodation in the host city for all the participants.

The international jury, established international Opera Casting Directors and General Managers, presided by Plácido Domingo, will listen to each of the chosen participants during two days of quarterfinals. Twenty participants will be then selected to continue on to the semifinals, and ten singers will be 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.

Application Guidelines

Who can Participate?

Operalia is open to singers of all voice types, between the ages of 20 and 32 years old and who are ready to perform on the world’s greatest opera stages.

Where to Apply?

Applications may be submitted electronically and only through the official application portal:

Operalia 2024 Application Deadline

April 5, 2024

How to Apply?

1.  Create an account on our official application portal through the following link:  

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

Requirements for video recordings include:

  • Only video recordings will be accepted 
  • Only high quality and recent video 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

Important:

We highly recommend to submit your application well before the deadline and not on April 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.

If you have any technical issues while uploading your application, please contact Embark: support@embark.com

For any other questions please send an email to Operalia: info@operaliacompetition.com

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. The selected participants will be announced on the Operalia official website and social media (within a couple of months after the application deadline).

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.

Operalia will cover the cost of the travel arrangements, as well as the accommodation in the host city for all the participants.

The international jury, established international Opera Casting Directors and General Managers, presided by Plácido Domingo, will listen to each of the chosen participants during two days of quarterfinals. Twenty participants will be then selected to continue on to the semifinals, and ten singers will be 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.

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