Most important, Plácido Domingo is in a sense a patron not only of the winners, but of many competitors, whether engaging them for his own companies and projects, or recommending them for other engagements around the world.
PRIZES ARE AWARDED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
Two First Prizes - Male/Female - US$30,000.00
Two Second Prizes - Male/Female - US$20.000.00
Two Third Prizes - Male/Female - US$10.000.00
Two Birgit Nilsson Prizes - Male/Female - US$15.000.00
The Pepita Embil de Domingo Prize for the Best Female Singer of Zarzuela - US$10.000.00
The Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer for the Best Male Singer of Zarzuela - US$10.000.00
Two Audience Prizes - Male/Female - A Rolex Wristwatch
The Culturarte Prize Chosen and offered by Bertita & Guillermo Martinez from CulturArte de Puerto Rico - US$10.000.00
Tied winners may also receive a prize.
Total Amount in Prizes: US$180,000.00 + Two Rolex Wristwatches
The Finalists who will not win a Prize will receive an Encouragement Award of US$5,000.00
Plácido Domingo was born in Madrid and had the good fortune to have parents who were musicians and theater people. His father, Plácido Domingo, Sr., and his mother, Pepita Embil, were stars of the zarzuela, the Spanish form of operetta. In 1949, when Plácido, Jr., was eight, his parents created a company of their own in Mexico, and he and his younger sister joined them there.
The "Zarzuela Prizes" – one for a female singer and one for a male singer – were created in honor of Plácido Domingo’s parents and are meant to encourage singers to work in this art form.
BIRGIT NILSSON PRIZE
Given to singers interpreting arias within the German Repertoire of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.
These special prizes – wristwatches offered by Rolex – are voted and chosen by the audience. Awarded by a vote of the audience attending the competition finals to the best female singer and best male singer and offered by Rolex, Operalia's official sponsor.