Winners Announced for Domingo's 2006 Operalia Competition

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Operalia, the competition for young singers founded by Plšcido Domingo, has announced its 2006 winners and awarded a total of $175,000 in prizes, Spanish media report.

The competition took place from October 24-29 in Valencia at the Palau de les Arts (at left), the venue designed by Santiago Calatrava which opened last year.

The Mexican tenor David Lomel‹ won the top prize for male singers; Maija Kovalevska, a 27-year-old Lithuanian soprano, won best female singer.

Lomel‹ also won top male honors for zarzuela, while Spanish soprano Mar‹a Teresa Alberola Baê±uls was named best female singer in the genre. Operalia's zarzuela prizes were established in honor of Domingo's parents, who were zarzuela stars in Spain and Mexico.

French tenor Sebastien Gueze and American soprano Ailyn P_rez placed second among male and female singers, while third prizes went to Alberola Baê±uls and to American baritone Trevor Scheunemann.

Alberola Baê±uls, who was the only contestant from Valencia, won the competition's audience award.

The jury included Zubin Mehta, Jean-Pierre Brossmann, Jean-Louis Grinda, Marta Domingo, Jean-Luc Choplin and Thierry Fouquet.

Previous winners of the Operalia competition, established by Domingo in 1993, include (among others) sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Elizabeth Futral, Ana Mar‹a Mart‹nez and Nina Stemme; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; countertenor Brian Asawa; tenors Rolando Villaz‹n, Joseph Calleja and Jos_ Cura; and basses Kwangchul Youn and Erwin Schrott.


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