The morning after the finals, it’s not entirely certain who won what.
Nothing has been updated on the Operalia website and facebook page, nor have any results been reported in Italian media. In the chaotic final presentations, the founder Placido Domingo announced, ‘they are all winners’, before accepting an award for himself and singing a song. The post-event interviews on medici.tv were amateurish to the point of embarrassment.
So who won what?
Of the 14 finalists, Kathryn Lewek and Simone Piazzolla took the audience prize and deserved better.
1st prize went to the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina
2nd was the French soprano Julie Fuchs
3rd was the Italian baritone, Simone Piazzola
In the closing shambles, it is possible that there were some joint placings and further awards. Let us know if we need to update.
UPDATE: Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo is artistic director, has helpfully posted the following:
Our own Ben Bliss and Hae Ji Chang won the Zarzuela prize at today’s Operalia competition, while Tracy Cox, Soprano shared the Wagner prize with Claudia Huckle. Congratulations to them as well as 1st Prize winners Aida Garifullina and Ao Li, 2nd Prize winners Julie Fuchs and Simone Piazzola, and 3rd Prize winners Kathryn Lewek and Zach Borchevsky. Also, our incoming Domingo-Colburn-Stein tenor, Vladimir Dmitruk, took the Culturarte Prize, and the audience awards went to Ms. Lewek and Mr. Piazzola.
Any clearer now?