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USA Singers Dominate 30th-Anniversary Operalia Competition

The highly anticipated 30th-anniversary edition of the prestigious Operalia Competition has revealed its lineup of participants for 2023. Singers from around the world, representing countries such as Russia, Italy, the USA, Malta, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Armenia, South Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, and Bulgaria, will converge at the Cape Town Opera for this remarkable event. The competition is scheduled to take place from October 30 to November 5, 2023.

Operalia is renowned for discovering and nurturing exceptional talent, with past winners including acclaimed singers such as Sonya Yoncheva, Lisette Oropesa, Ailyn Perez, Lise Davidsen, Pretty Yende, Xabier Anduaga, Emily D’Angelo, Amartüvshin Enkhbat, Levy Sekgapane, and Nina Stemme.

The list of participants for the 2023 edition of Operalia is as follows, with the highest competitors from the United States of America:

  • Semyon Antakov, baritone from Russia

  • Nicolò Balducci, countertenor from Italy

  • Gabrielle Beteag, mezzo-soprano from the USA

  • Charles Buttigieg, baritone from Malta

  • Ekaterina Chayka-Rubinstein, mezzo-soprano from Germany

  • John Findon, tenor from the United Kingdom

  • Caitlin Gotimer, soprano from the USA

  • Navasard Hakobyan, baritone from Armenia

  • Eugénie Joneau, mezzo-soprano from France

  • Maria Kalinina, soprano from Russia

  • Hovhannes Karapetyan, bass-baritone from Armenia

  • Taehan Kim, baritone from South Korea

  • Omer Kobiljak, tenor from Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Oleh Lebedyev, baritone from Ukraine

  • Maayan Licht, countertenor from Israel

  • Luvo Maranti, tenor from South Africa

  • Thando Mjandana, tenor from South Africa

  • Sakhiwe Mkosana, baritone from South Africa

  • Siphokazi Molteno, mezzo-soprano from South Africa

  • Anita Monserrat, mezzo-soprano from the United Kingdom

  • Stephano Park, bass from South Korea

  • Gabriel Rollinson, baritone from Germany

  • Julie Roset, soprano from France

  • Sarah Saturnino, mezzo-soprano from the USA

  • Daniel Schliewa, tenor from Germany

  • Alexandria Shiner, soprano from the USA

  • Yosif Slavov, baritone from Bulgaria

  • Libby Sokolowski, soprano from the USA

  • Luke Sutliff, baritone from the USA

  • Elena Villalón, soprano from the USA

  • Alan Williams, bass from the USA

  • Alexandra Yangel, mezzo-soprano from Russia

  • Nombulelo Yende, soprano from South Africa

  • Yuliia Zasimova, soprano from Ukraine


These talented individuals will showcase their vocal prowess and compete for the prestigious Operalia title, solidifying their positions as rising stars in the opera world.

The Operalia Competition continues to be a platform for extraordinary talent, and this year's edition promises to be a captivating celebration of vocal artistry and international diversity.


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