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  • Plácido Domingo
    Operalia 2008 Québec
    World Opera Competition

Operalia,
the World Opera Competition, founded by Placido Domingo, will be held in Québec from Septembre 19 to 24, 2008.

This project, initiated by the Opéra de Québec, will be presented by a consortium of Québec's major cultural partners: The Opéra de Québec, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Grand Théâtre de Québec, the Société du Palais Montcalm and the Club musical de Québec in conjunction with the Société des Fêtes du 400e de Québec.

Photos from the Gala (Click on the icons)

The Winners

Presented for the first time in Canada, after having been held in Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Los Angeles and elsewhere, the competition, under the artistic guidance of Placido Domingo, will showcase 40 lyric artists, selected after hundreds of auditions held around the world.

Winners
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano (2000) – Canada
Rolando Villazon, ténor (1999) – Mexique
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano (1998) - États-Unis
Erwin Schrott, baryton-basse (1998) - Uruguay
Elizabeth Futral, soprano (1995) - États-Unis
José Cura, ténor (1994) – Argentine
Nina Stemme, soprano (1993) – Suède

Quarterfinals
September 19
(1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
September 20 - (CHANGING)
(from 11:00 p.m. to ...)
Palais Montcalm
Preliminary Live Auditions with piano

All tickets $20.

Semifinals
September 22
(7:00 p.m.)
Grand Théâtre de Québec
Live Auditions with piano

Tickets from $25 to $45

Finals
September 24
(7:00 p.m.)
Grand Théâtre de Québec
Live Auditions accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, under the baton of Maestro Placido Domingo

Grégoire Legendre