The 22nd edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia will feature 40 young singers representing 17 nations, as announced by the competition’s host for 2014, the Los Angeles Opera. This year’s jury was also confirmed, and is set to include stage director Marta Domingo, editor-in-chief of Opera News
F. Paul Driscoll, and 12 other panelists including managers and casting directors from opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Domingo, who is also General Director of LA Opera, supervises the panel as a non-voting member. This marks the first time in 10 years that Operalia will be held in the United States and the second time in the competition’s history that it will be held in Los Angeles.
Selected from nearly 1,000 applications, the entrants in this year's competition include sopranos Julie Adams, Jungwon Choi, Anaïs Constans, Kiri Deonarine, Nicole Haslett, Hanna Husáhr, Tamara Kalinkina, Cecilia Violetta López, So Young Park, Christina Poulitsi, Mariangela Sicilia, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, and Amanda Woodbury; mezzo-sopranos Cristina Alunno, Carol Garcia, Alisa Kolosova, Abigail Levis, and Victoria Yarovaya; countertenors John Holiday and Andrey Nemzer; tenors Mario Chang, Joshua Guerrero, Airam Hernandez Delgado, Anthony Kalil, Abdellah Lasri, Yi Li, Rafael Moras, Andre Nevans, and Jinxu Xiahou; baritones Aleksey Bogdanov, Alexandre Duhamel, Dan Kempson, Alexey Lavrov, Alex Lawrence, Germán Olvera, Shea Owens, and Ivan Thirion; bass-baritone Damien Pass, and basses Pavel Shmulevich and Anatoli Sivko.
On August 18, Deutsche Grammophone releases Plácido Domingo’s acclaimed performance in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Staatsoper Berlin on DVD, Blu-ray, and e-video. The video release sees Domingo as Count di Luna opposite Anna Netrebko as Leonora, Gaston Rivero as Manrico, and Marina Prudenskaya as Azucena with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Order the DVD or Order the Blu-ray
Plácido Domingo returns to the Royal Opera House to conduct Puccini’s Tosca from June 16 to 26. Domingo leads a cast that includes operatic luminaries Sondra Radvanovsky as the opera’s tragic heroine, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Scarpia, and rising star tenor Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi. >>> Purchase tickets here
Next season, Plácido Domingo will return to the Royal Opera House to star in Verdi’s La traviata (23 May, June 3, 2015) and a new production of I due Foscari(October 14 to November 2, 2014). The Operalia Competition—founded by Plácido Domingo more than 20 years ago to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young singers of today—arrives at Covent Garden for the first time next year, with its spectacular final taking place on July 19, 2015.
Deutsche Grammophon has released a new recording of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, starring Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko. Full of passion and pathos, Giovanna d Arco– Verdi’s take on the legendary heroine Joan of Arc–is regarded as one of Verdi's early masterpieces. The album, recorded live during the critically acclaimed performances of the 2013 Salzburg Festival, sees Plácido Domingo as Giacomo the shepherd, father of the iconic martyr Giovanna, sung by Anna Netrebko. Francesco Meli portrays Carlo VII, King of France. The new release, performed with Münchner Rundfunkorchester led by Paolo Carignani, marks Plácido Domingo’s first complete audio recording in a baritone role. >>> Order from Amazon >>> Download from iTunes