Operalia Headed Back to Asia in 2018

By David Salazar

Plácido Domingo’s famed Operalia Competition will head to South Korea next summer, according to The Opera Critic.

This is the third time that the competition is coming to the Asian continent in the competition’s history. The first time that Operalia was held in Asia was in 1997 when it headed to Toyko. That year’s winner was Chang Yong Liao of China.

In 2012, the competition was featured in Beijing where the winners included Janai Brugger, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Brian Jagde, and Guanqun Yu among others.

The competition has its fair share of South Korean victors as well including Kwangchul Youn, who took first place in 1993 when the competition was hosted in Paris.

This year, the competition is headed to Astana for its 25th edition. The competition runs between July 24 and 29, 2017. OperaWire will provide consistent coverage throughout the competition.

According to the competition’s official website, Operalia was founded in 1993 by Domingo to “discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. His goal is to attract singers of all voice tessituras and from every country in the world ranging from 18 to 32 years of age, to have them audition and be heard by a panel of distinguished international opera personalities, in the most prestigious and competitive showcase in the world.”