Many former Operalia winners have been making news recently


New York, in particular, was practically dominated by OPERALIA laureates in February and March. At the Metropolitan Opera, performances of Lucia di Lammermoor saw tenor JOSEPH CALLEJA (1999), baritone LUDOVIC TÉZIER (1998), and bass KWANGCHUL YOUN (1993) singing opposite soprano Natalie Dessay, in the title role; and bass Mikhail Petrenko took the major role of Pimen in this season’s new production of Boris Godunov. Next door, at Avery Fisher Hall, soprano SONYA YONCHEVA (2010) appeared with OPERALIA founder PLÁCIDO DOMINGO in a special Valentine’s Day concert. And a few blocks away, popular mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO (1998) gave her first Carnegie Hall solo recital, amid rehearsals at the Met for a new production of Le Comte Ory. At Washington National Opera, soprano ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ (1995) and tenor THIAGO ARANCAM (2008) took the leading roles in a production of Madama Butterfly, while at the southern end of the Western Hemisphere, in Buenos Aires, soprano VIRGINIA TOLA (2000) participated with Maestro DOMINGO in a gigantic outdoor concert attended by many thousands of people.