Operalia has announced the winners of its 2021 competition. Held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the competition saw young artists from all over the world compete before a distinguished panel of judges in the categories of opera and zarzuela.
First Prize – Tenor Ivan Ayon-Rivas (Peru) and mezzo-soprano Victoria Karkacheva (Russia)
Second Prize – Soprano Mane Galoyan (Armenia), tenor Bekhzod Davronov (Uzbekistan), and tenor Jonah Hoskins (USA)
Third Prize – Soprano Emily Pogorelc (USA), baritone Dmitry Cheblykov (Russia), and bass-baritone Jusung Park (South Korea)
The Birgit Nilsson Prize went to Karkacheva, with Galoyan winning The Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela, and Russian soprano Ekaterina Sannikova winning the CulturArte Prize. The Don Placido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela went to Rivas, who along with Galoyan, were named the winners of the Rolex Prize of the Audience.