ITALIAN-CANADIAN MEZZO-SOPRANO EMILY D'ANGELO
, 23, swept many of the top prizes at this year's Operalia competition in Lisbon on Sunday night, winning first prize among women in the general division, the competition's Birgit Nilsson Prize, its Zarzuela prize and its Audience Prize.
The competition's final round, which was streamed live by medici.tv
, featured twelve singers
performing one aria each alongside a full orchestra conducted by Plácido Domingo at Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Singers competing in Operalia's Zarzuela category also presented a zarzuela aria. A jury of ten distinguished opera experts adjudicated the competition.
In total, D'Angelo will take away $55,000 and a Rolex wristwatch for winning the competition's main division and all but one of its subcategories.
Belarusian tenor Pavel Petrov, 27 was the first-prize winner among the men in the general division, and will receive $30,000. Second-prize winners in the competition's general division included American mezzo Samantha Hankey
, 26, and Russian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan, 26, both of whom will each receive $20,000. Canadian mezzo Rihab Chaieb, 31, and Russian tenor Arseny Yakovlev, 26, received the competition's third prizes, each of which carries a purse of $10,000.