What Are Operalia 2018’s Big Winners Up To Next?

By David Salazar

Just a few days ago, the Operalia Competition announced its big winners. Among those were mezzo Emily D’Angelo, who actually took home a whopping four prizes on the evening as well as tenor Pavel Petrov, who walked away with the two big male competition prizes for opera and zarzuela (he shared the latter).

Obviously, winning a major competition like Operalia puts a major spotlight on these artists and their career trajectory. We will proceed to look at what is coming up for these artists in the coming season.

Emily D’Angelo

Canadian-Italian mezzo won the First Prize in the opera competition, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, the Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela, and the Audience Prize. The young mezzo is heading over to the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden to take on the role of Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” in October. Afterward, she makes her Met Opera debut as the Second Lady in “The Magic Flute” in December. Then she is set to make her role debut as Dorabella at the Canadian Opera company’s production of “Così fan tutte” in early 2019 before returning to the Met in early May for the role of Soeur Mathilde in “Dialogues des Carmélites.” Her season draws to a close with a recital for the George London Foundation and her Santa Fe Opera debut as Dorabella in July and August.

Pavel Petrov

The Belarusian tenor won the top opera prize and the Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela. Per Operabase, the tenor’s 2018-19 season features productions of “Salome” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” at Oper Graz. In the former, he will interpret the role of Narraboth a whopping 11 times between November 2018 and February 2019, while the latter will see him perform eight shows in the lead role of Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood. Prior to his performances at Oper Graz, he heads to South Korea in September for a performance of Narraboth at the Daegu International Opera Festival.