Clip Releases Details of its 2024 International Opera Competition

By Afton Wooten

The international opera competition, Clip, is returning to Portofino for its tenth year.

Nearly 300 vocalists with an average age of 28, from 49 countries on five continents applied for the 2024 installment. The 86 singers who have already passed the first selections will gather July 23 to 28 in Portofino and Camogli for further competition. Ten finalists will move onto the final round, when the competition turns into a gala and a popular cultured entertainment for the many tourists in the Gulf of Tigullio. The top three singers will receive cash prizes of €10,000, € 5,000, and €2,500, respectively. Additional cash prizes will also be given for a singer under the age of 25, an audience award, and more.

The jury is chaired by Dominique Meyer, superintendent of the Teatro alla Scala. He is joined by Claudio Orazi, superintendent of the Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova; Gianni Tangucci, artistic coordinator of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Peter de Caluwe, general and artistic director of La Monnaie in Brussels; Jonathan Fried, casting manager at the Metropolitan in New York; Carolin Wielpütz, director of artistic planning at MusikTheater an der Wien; Cristiano Sandri, director Teatro Regio di Torino; and the first-time judge Eline de Kat déleguée artistique at Opéra de Monte Carlo.

The gala will feature a performance by the winner of the Paganini Prize, Chinese prodigy, Simon Zhu, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, conducted by Enrico Fagone. The gala is scheduled to be broadcast live by Ligurian television PrimoCanale and RadioClassica.