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2017 Astana, Kazakhstan

Rolex proudly presents the next edition of Plácido Domingo‘s Operalia, The World Opera Competition at Astana Opera, Astana, Kazakhstan

The Winners of Operalia 2017 are:

1st Prize

Adela Zaharia, soprano – Romania

Levy Sekgapane, tenor – South Africa

South Africa’s golden voice Levy Sekgapane’s win at a prestigious global competition will be a boost for the country’s opera scene. Sekgapane has followed in the footsteps of Pretty Yende by clinching the top prize at the Operalia World Opera Competition, held in Kazakhstan this year. Sekgapane, who hails from Kroonstad, beat hundreds of talented opera singers from around the world. His singing teacher Hanna van Schalkwyk said, “Pretty Yende won the Operalia a few years ago and to now have two people from South Africa win it is amazing.”

2nd Prize

Kristina Mkhitaryan, soprano – Russia

Davide Giusti, tenor – Italy

3rd Prize

Maria Mudryak, soprano – Kazakhstan

Leon Kim, baritone – South Korea

Birgit Nilsson Prize 

Oksana Sekerina, soprano – Russia

Boris Prýgl, bass-baritone – Czech Republic

The Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela 

Adela Zaharia, soprano – Romania

The Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela

Marco Ciaponi, tenor – Italy

Prize of the Audience

Maria Mudryak, soprano – Kazakhstan

Leon Kim, baritone –  South Korea

CulturArte Prize 

Sooyeon Lee, soprano – South Korea

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