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Placido Domingo says Operalia prizes 'went to the right people'
Placido Domingo says Operalia prizes 'went to the right people'

When he arrived last week in Los Angeles for Plácido Domingo's annual Operalia competition, the young Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang experienced a singer's worst fear: He had come down with a throat infection. "My throat started to feel a little sore. I saw the doctor, and he prescribed me antibiotics," the singer recounted. With rest and medicine, he mustered enough willpower not only to compete but also to emerge as one of the event's biggest winners. Chang took three prizes Saturday, including the first-place award for male singer for his performance of an aria from Verdi's "Rigoletto." He was matched by American soprano Rachel...

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