Operalia Announces 2016 Semi-Finalists

Operalia 2016 is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of Mexico, the Cultural Secretary of the State of Jalisco, the sovereign State of Jalisco and the legendary Teatro Degollado in the city of Guadalajara, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the Finals Concert conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo on Sunday July 24th, 6pm.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; July 21st, 2016.- After two days of quarter-finals, Operalia, the international Opera competition founded by Plácido Domingo, announces twenty-eight semi-finalists.


Wang Kang, tenor


Claire De Sévigné, soprano

Aviva Fortunata, soprano


Benjamin Bernheim, tenor

Elsa Dreisig, soprano

Italy / United States

Marina Costa-Jackson, soprano


RameLahaj, tenor


Anabel de la Mora, soprano

Juan Carlos Heredia, baritone

Fabián Lara, tenor


Marcelina Beucher, soprano


Alexey Neklyudov, tenor

Petr Sokolov, baritone

Elena Stikhina, soprano

Bogdan Volkov, tenor

Olga Zharikova, soprano

South Africa

Bongiwe Nakani, mezzo-soprano

South Korea

Sol Jin, baritone

Keonwoo Kim, tenor

Sehoon Moon, tenor


Hanna Husáhr, soprano


Olga Kulchynska, soprano


J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone

Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano

AJ Glueckert, tenor

Kangmin Justin Kim, countertenor

Brenton Ryan, tenor

Founded in 1993 to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today, Operalia attracts singers of all voice types from every country in the world ranging from 18 to 32 years of age, to be heard by a panel of some of the most influential empresarios in the international Opera industry.

The competition gathered forty singers from sixteen countries, out of nearly 700 applicants from around the world. During the first qualifying round, contestants performed two arias of their choice, out of which twenty participants were selected to continue on to the semi-finals, where they sing one aria chosen by the jury and – if the are competing in the Zarzuela category – one Zarzuela aria as well. From the twenty semi-finalists, ten singers are chosen for the Final Round.

Opera experts such as Jonathan Friend, Peter Katona and Joan Matabosch, Artistic Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House in London, and the Artistic Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid, respectively, are three of the ten members of the jury this year.

The Finals Concert will be held at the Teatro Degollado on Sunday, July 24th, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo himself.

Rolex is proud to present Operalia, the World Opera Competition, for the 15th consecutive year, perpetuating its commitment to the arts. Plácido Domingo has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1982, and Rolex is delighted to extend its support to the exceptionally gifted young performers who share its quest for excellence and perfection.

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Jury members, Operalia 2016

Marta Domingo

Stage Director

F. Paul Driscoll

Editor in Chief, Opera News

Anthony Freud

General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago, USA

Jonathan Friend

Artistic Administrator, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA

Jean-Louis Grinda

General Director, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Monaco

General Director, Chorégies d’Orange, France

Peter Katona

Casting Director, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom

Joan Matabosch

Artistic Director, Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain

Marco Parisotto

Music Director, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Mexico

Music Director, Ontario Philharmonic, Canada

Andrés Rodriguez

Artistic Consultant

Ilias Tzempetonidis

Casting Director, Opéra National de Paris, France

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