The Portuguese tenor Luís Gomes is in the final of the international competition for lyric singing Operalia, founded by Plácido Domingo and taking place in Lisbon, the organization said.
The semi-finals, from the categories of Opera and Zarzuela, took place on Thursday night at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the venue of this edition of Operalia, and the Portuguese singer qualified for the two finals.
The final show, on Sunday, is open to the public and will feature the participation of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, directed by Plácido Domingo.
Luís Gomes studied at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he graduated in Singing and master’s degree in Opera.
He passed by the Royal Opera House and in June he made his debut on the stage of the National Theater of San Carlos in “La Traviata”.
In addition to Luís Gomes, Migran Agadzhanyan (Russia), Rihab Chaieb (Canada), Emily D’Angelo (Canada / Italy), Samantha Hankey (USA), Johannes Kammler (Germany), Long Long ), Pavel Petrov (Belarus), Sean Michael Plumb (USA), Simon Shibambu (South Africa), Marina Viotti (Switzerland / France) and Arseny Yakovlev (Russia).
In the final of Zarzuela will be Emily D’Angelo, Luís Gomes, Pavel Petrov, Josy Santos (Brazil) and Vanessa Vasquez (Colombia / USA).
The first prize, for the best female and male voice, is $ 30,000, about 25,700 euros.
The Operalia World Opera Contest, now in its 26th edition, is an initiative created by the Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo, current director general of the Los Angeles Opera (California).
On Monday, at a press conference in Lisbon, Plácido Domingo said that Operalia is a “very important” initiative in attracting young talent.
The jury of the competition includes, among others, directors of international opera houses, including Patrick Dickie (artistic director of S. Carlos), Anthony Freud (from Chicago Lyric Opera), Joan Marabosch (from the Teatro Real in Madrid) and the soprano Marta Domingo, wife of Plácido Domingo.
The first edition of Operalia was held in Paris in 1993, having already taken place in cities such as Tokyo, Hamburg, Budapest, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, Verona, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London, Madrid and Guadalajara.