At this year's competition, held in Los Angeles, 43 singers participated in a series of elimination stages that began August 23. At the final concert on Saturday, August 29, 17 singers performed one aria each, accompanied by the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra conducted by Domingo.
Ukrainian soprano Natalyia Kovalove won second place and $35,000 in prize money. Russian tenor Dmitry Voropaev won third place and $20,000. Four singers tied for fourth place and were each awarded $10,000.
Tenor Plšcido Domingo formed Operalia in 1992 to showcase singers aged 30 and younger and provide them guidance in the early stages of their careers. Past winners of the competition include tenor Jos_ Cura and soprano Elizabeth Futral.