Watch Plácido Domingo Discuss His Work With Rolex and Operalia

November 02, 2016

A Rolex Arts Testimonee since 1982, the incomparable singer, conductor and opera administrator Plácido Domingo has used his influence in the world of opera and relationship with the watchmaker to give young artists around the world the opportunity to sing on the greatest staged of the world with his Operalia voice competition. Fostering young talent and creating a bridge between the undiscovered talent of the world, the competition has introduced the world to artists like Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, Rolando Villazón, Erwin Schrott, Joseph Calleja, Isabelle Bayrakdarian, and many more. 

The opera legend speaks of being proud of his relationship with Rolex in the video above, discussing the reach of his work with the watchmaker. He mentions their support of Operalia and of opera houses around the world, like La Scala and The Met. Below, he discusses the twenty year anniversary of the singing competition and its effect on the world of opera at an international level. He emphasizes the importance of opening doors to talented voices in places like China and Sri Lanka, connecting them to the people who can help them elevate their careers.

"My purpose in Operalia is to help identify not only the best voices, but also to discover those singers whose personalities, characters and powers of interpretation show that they have the potential to become complete artists. Individuals such as these become tomorrow’s stars," says Domingo of the competition. Check out the promotional video for Operalia on their official website to learn more about the competition. For more about Plácido Domingo, visit his official website at

The 2016 competition took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, in July and awarded the first prize to South Korean tenor Keon-Woo Kim for the male division and French soprano Elsa Dreisig for the female division. The videos embedded below show the winners performing at Teatro Degollado on July 25, 2016. Click here for a list of all of this year's participants and finalists.

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