Congratulations to former IYDV participant, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen who took home First Prize in the 2014 Operalia Competition in Los Angeles! As well as first prize, Rachel was also awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize (for Wagner/Strauss repertoire) and The Pepita Embil Domingo Zarzuela Prize.

Each of the 13 finalists performed an aria accompanied by orchestra, with some of the finalists also performing zarzuela solos. Placido Domingo presided over the finals competition, serving as the emcee as well as conductor.

For more information and a full list of the prizes, read the article in the LA Times