First Prize honors were awarded to Adriana Gonzalez (soprano, Guatemala) and Xabier Anduaga (tenor, Spain). Second Prize honors were awarded to Maria Kataeva (mezzo-soprano, Russia) and Gihoon Kim (baritone, South Korea), both of whom were voted as audience favorites. Christina Nilsson (soprano, Sweden) and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (countertenor, USA/Germany) were awarded the Third Prize.
The Pepita Embil Zarzuela Prize was awarded to Adriana Gonzalez and the Plácido Domingo Ferrer Zarzuela Prize was awarded to Xabier Anduaga. Russian soprano Anna Shapovalova was awarded the CulturArte de Puerto Rico Prize.
This year marked the 27th anniversary of Operalia, which was founded by Plácido Domingo in 1993 and has brought some of opera’s most celebrated singers onto the world stage, including Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, and many others.