The Bolshoi Opera soloists Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano) and Bogdan Volkov (tenor) became the laureates of one of the most prestigious vocal contests in the world - Operalia! Kulchinskaya took the 3rd prize and Volkov took the 2nd.
Operalia, The World Opera Competition, was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today. His goal is to attract singers of all voice tessituras and from every country in the world ranging from 18 to 32 years of age, to have them audition and be heard by a panel of distinguished international opera personalities, in the most prestigious and competitive showcase in the world. Each year, the Competition receives close to 1,000 applications.
The finale took place on July 24 at Teatro Degollado, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Gala Concert was accompanied by Jalisco Philarmonic Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Plácido Domingo himself by tradition.