What the Operalia 2017 Winners Are Doing Next

By David Salazar

If you followed Operalia this year, you know that that title might read as, “What Every Single Operalia Finalist is Doing Next,” simply because Plácido Domingo decided that he didn’t want anyone to leave empty-handed.

But this piece will focus on the two big winners of the competition, Adela Zaharia and Levy Sekgapane. Not only did they both win their respective first place awards, but Zaharia also took home the first prize in the Zarzuela competition.

Zaharia has a full slate in 2017-18, her season filled with performances all over Germany. She is performing at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Opera am Rhein, and the Opera Frankfurt. The operas audiences will get a chance to hear her in will include “Carmen,” “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,” “Rigoletto,” “Roberto Devereux,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “Die Einführung aus dem Serail,” and “Lucia di Lammermoor,” from which she performed the famed mad scene to victory at Operalia on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sekgapane’s slate of performances will see him appear in Florence, Paris, Palermo, Oslo, and Barcelona among others in a ton of Bel Canto operas. He will perform from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “L’Italiana in Algeri,” “Il viaggio a Reims,” and “L’Elisir d’Amore.”