Rolex Presents The 20th Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition

‘Operalia is an Olympic event in the opera world. Singers from all over the world compete here, fight hard, and finally win. Fresh vitality and blood sparkle the passion and joy of life. All this proves that the cause of opera will be endless and evergreen. ‘
——Plácido Domingo
Mr. Domingo, President of the National Grand Theater, Chen Ping, with Chinese winner Yu Guanqun (first from left) and Wang Yunpeng (first from right)
    From June 4 to 10, 2012, Rolex presented the 20th Domingo World Opera Vocal Contest in Beijing’s prestigious National Palace of Fine Arts in Beijing. Many diverse and talented rookies active in the international opera world gathered on the world’s leading opera stage. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the competition, and it is the first time that the competition has come to China. Through the support of the competition, the top Swiss watch brand Rolex also continued its strong support for the arts, and the male and female players who won the most welcome from the audience each received an Oyster Perpetual Diary Watch provided by Rolex. Rolex’s pursuit of perfection and excellence, and the support of talented individuals and institutions in the art world, Mr. Plácido Domingo and his beloved vocal competition are vividly interpreting these concepts.
    On the evening of June 10, the outstanding contestants of the twentieth competition passed the fierce competition of the finals, and finally submitted a surprising answer to the competition: this competition produced two side-by-side awards and multiple single awards. The super-level performance of the players has made this competition a unique influence in the international opera world. At the same time, two parallel awards (men’s second prize and men’s first prize) are very rare. They have been extremely rare in previous competitions, confirming that the level of participating singers is improving year by year, and it has also made it difficult for the jury to judge. .

Domingo hosted the most exciting award ceremony
    In the end, the men’s first prize in this competition was tied for the winner of the American tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (age 30) and the Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin (26 ); The female winner is American soprano Janai Brugger (29). That night, Janai Brugger was nominated three times by Mr. Domingo. In addition to the first prize, she also won the Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize and the Most Popular Award. Yana Brugg studied vocal music at DePaul University and then studied at the University of Michigan under Shirley Verrett. She was a member of the San Francisco Opera Merola Project. She is currently a second-year artist at the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera.
    In addition, it is particularly worth mentioning that the two Chinese players who broke through and entered the final also achieved proud results. Chinese baritone Wang Yunpeng won the second prize, The Don Plácido Domingo, Sr. Zarzuela Prize and the most popular audience prize; soprano Yu Guanqun won the second prize. At the same time, Helga Schmidt, the director of Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, was also named by Guanqun in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera ‘ ‘I Due Foscari’ will play the heroine, and she will perform this opera in Valencia in January 2013 with Mr. Domingo to commemorate Verdi’s 200th birthday.
    At the end of the competition, Mr. Placido Domingo also officially announced that the 21st Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition (Operalia) will be held in Verona, Italy from August 19th to 25th, 2013. To celebrate the centennial of the famous Festival of the Arena of Verona.

The American soprano who won the first prize in this contest sings affectionately in the Yana Brugg competition
Rolex and Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition
    The Domingo World Opera Vocal Competition was founded in 1993 by Mr. Placido Domingo, a famous international tenor. As one of the most outstanding performing artists in opera history, Mr. Domingo has been a Rolex brand spokesman since 1982. He is not only a legend in the music industry, but also a generous and enthusiastic mentor, and has always given his full support to talented young artists. Mr. Domingo’s idea of ​​hosting this annual event stems from his early experience as a professional singer. He is well aware that artistic newcomers need professional artistic education opportunities, and he is looking forward to showcasing their talents. This event not only provides support and opportunities for young singers in the above two aspects, but also further helps them gain worldwide recognition. This is due to the high reputation of the event and the continuous support of Mr. Domingo for the winners.
    By presenting the Domingo World Opera Vocal Contest, Swiss watch leader Rolex continues to fulfill its commitment to art. Rolex continues to support those talented individuals and institutions that share our values ​​and are constantly striving for perfection and excellence. Mr. Placido Domingo and the World Opera Vocal Contest, which he devoted to his heart, perfectly interpreted these spirits, and was able to establish a close cooperative relationship with them, and Rolex is proud of it.
    Over the past 20 years, this talented and unique competition has become a global event in the music industry. The success of the event year after year is due to Mr. Domingo for his enthusiasm, generosity and dedication. The new generation of singers participating in the contest, like the competition itself, are fully committed to excellence, personal achievements and creative talents, which are in line with the characteristics of Rolex.

Mr. Domingo devoted himself to the competition as the sole conductor of the finals
List of winners
• The Culturarte Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Courtesy of Guillermo and Bertita Martínez. Picked by Italian tenor Antonio Poli (26)
• The Don Plácido Domingo, Sr., Zarzuela Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Won by Chinese baritone singer Wang Yunpeng (age 24)
• The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize
The prize is $ 10,000. Picked by American soprano singer Janai Brugger (29)
• Two third prizes
USD 10,000 each. Russian baritone Roman Burdenko (age 28) and Russian soprano Nadezhda Karyazina (age 25)
• Two second prizes
USD 20,000 each. The men’s tied winners are American tenor Brian Jagde (32) and Chinese baritone Wang Yunpeng (24); the female winner is Chinese soprano Yu Guanqun (29)
• Two first prizes
USD 30,000 each. Men’s tied winners are American tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (age 30) and Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin (age 26); women’s winner is the United States Soprano Janai Brugger (29)
• Two Most Popular Audience Awards
Each received a watch from Rolex. Captured by American soprano Janai Brugger (29) and Chinese baritone Wang Yunpeng (24)
• Two Birgit Nilsson Prizes (Wagner-Strauss Repertory)
$ 15,000 each. Men’s award only to American tenor Brian Jagde (32)-