Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The International Opera Awards

Joyce DiDonato accepting the Accessibility Award
on behalf of the Met - facebook.com
On April 22nd, the first ever International Opera Awards were held in London.  Awards were handed out in 23 categories, and you can find the full list of winners below.  The original list of nominees was 1500 long, from 41 different countries, while a panel of 10 judges made the final selections.  Among others, the judges included Dame Anne Evans, David Gockley and Kathryn Harries.

One of the Foundation's goals is to make opera more accessible.  As the New York Times describes (Opera Aims for an Oscar Night of its Own):  


"The goal of the awards is to bolster the fortunes of an art form that has historically been reluctant to promote itself vigorously. Raising awareness about excellence in the field can excite existing audiences and help build new ones, while simultaneously giving promising careers a boost. Although the awards are not the first to recognize achievements in opera — Opera News, a publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, confers awards to several individuals annually — they are the first to have such broad scope."
And now for the winners:


Accessibility
Metropolitan Opera

CD (Complete Opera)
Alessandro (Handel), c. George Petrou (Decca)

CD (Operatic Recital)
Christian Gerhaher: Romantic Arias (Sony)

Chorus
Cape Town Opera

Conductor
Antonio Pappano

Costume Designer
Buki Shiff

Director
Dmitri Tcherniakov

DVD
Il trittico, Royal Opera, p. Richard Jones, c. Antonio Pappano (Opus Arte)

Female Singer
Nina Stemme

Festival Opera
Salzburg

Lifetime Achievement
Sir George Christie

Lighting Designer
Paule Constable


Male Singer
Jonas Kaufmann

Newcomer (conductor or director)
Daniele Rustioni

New Production
The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Netherlands Opera, p. and d. Dmitri Tcherniakov

Opera Company
Oper Frankfurt

Opera Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera

Philanthropist/Sponsor
Sir Peter Moores

Readers’ Award
Jonas Kaufmann

Rediscovered Work
David et Jonathas (M.-A. Charpentier), Les Arts Florissants

Set Designer
Antony McDonald

World Premiere
Written on Skin (Benjamin), Aix-en-Provence

Young Singer
Sophie Bevan