Opera Star Ramón Vargas named Honorary President of Classicalia Jury

NOVEMBER 2022 — Award-winning opera tenor Ramón Vargas has been named the Honorary President of the jury of the international music competition, Classicalia.


Vargas is one of the world’s busiest tenors, performing in the major opera houses of the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Royal Opera House in London, and La Scala in Milan.


Classicalia welcomes the opera star, who will add his global eminence and musical expertise to Season 2 of the competition. He will head up an international jury that will choose 12 winners from contestants in four categories. The final round of the competition will take place at the Vienna Konzerthaus on June 28, 2023, and will be broadcast in 30+ countries on television at a later date.

Ramón Vargas, Tenor, Honorary President of Classicalia Music Competition

Vargas will supervise the jury members’ feedback to each contestant, adding to the educational aspect of the competition. He will participate in person at the grand finale in Vienna and assist with the distribution of the prizes – some of which are actual concert engagements with prestigious musical organizations. And a special prize will be offered for vocal contestants, who can win a masterclass with the opera star.


“Ramón Vargas a rara avis—a connoisseur’s singer with a crowd-pleaser’s charismatic charm,” wrote Opera News in 2019. “The Mexican tenor is cherished for his elegant artistry and alertness to the nuances of style, yet there is a directness to his communication, an unabashed expressiveness, that makes him an instant audience favorite.” 


We look forward to this distinguished artist’s upcoming contributions to Classicalia’s next competition!




Register today, to secure your spot at Classicalia, and record your music video later (until December 21).

  • 13 finalists win an all-expenses paid trip to Vienna to perform with a symphony orchestra in front of a live audience at one of the most stunning concert halls on the planet - Vienna's Konzerthaus!

In addition to worldwide exposure, every contestant wins:

  • Written feedback and adjudication from a prominent jury - Honorary President: Ramón Vargas - Opera singer, tenor
  • An exclusive digital masterclass with classical music masterminds.
  • Free tickets to attend at a live workshop in Vienna & the Gala Concert at Vienna’s Konzerthaus. 

Kickstart your musical career - Register for Classicalia 2022/23!