Iris Candelaria

Iris Candelaria is a Finnish soprano born in 1995. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2022, studying under Annika Ollinkari. She furthered her training with Irina Gavrilovici from 2021, and took masterclasses with Dale Fundling and Soile Isokoski. Her roles include the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Finnish National Opera in 2022–2023, Sacerdotessa in Verdi’s Aida, and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. She has also performed in various roles at the Sibelius Academy and as a soloist with the Eloa Culture Company. She won first prize and the audience award at the Lappeenranta singing competition in 2023, and first prize at the Timo Mustakallio singing competition in 2019. Candelaria currently participates in the Finnish National Opera Young Singers’ Programme.

born in 1995



Pianist: Kristian Attila


Preliminary round

G. F. Handel

Joseph and His Brethren: ”Our fruits, whilst yet in blossom, die” (Phanor) 

C. Debussy

Apparition (Mallarmé)

R. Strauss

Kling! (Henckell)

V. Bellini

I Capuleti e i Montecchi: ”Eccomi in lieta vesta” (Giulietta) 


F. Poulenc

Fêtes galantes (Aragon) 

C (Aragon) 

K. Saariaho

Parfum de l’instant (Maalouf)

F. Obradors

Canciones clásicas españolas 1 (Castillejo): 

Al amor 

Corazón, porqué pasáis… 

El majo celoso 

Con amores, la mi madre… 

Del cabello más sutil 

Chiquitita la novia 

G. Puccini

La Rondine: “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” (Magda) 


W. A Mozart

Mitridate, re di Ponto: “Grazie ai numi parti” (Aspasia) 

A. Thomas

Hamlet: “A vos yeux mes amis” (Ophélie) 

Competition performances

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