London hosts awards for opera
13 April 2014, London, UK
Stuart Skelton, winner of the International Opera Award for Male Singer(Photo: Jim Winslet)
The second annual International Opera Awards took place at a glittering ceremony in London on 7 April. A total of 21 Awards were announced, including Female Singer Diana Damrau and Male Singer Stuart Skelton, while the Opera Company Award went to Oper Zürich. The late impresario Gerard Mortier was also remembered with a special Lifetime Achievement Award. An auction raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, which supports training for young singers.
The Olivier Awards includes two awards for opera. This year’s winners were Les vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House, named Best New Opera Production, and English Touring Opera, awarded Outstanding Achievement in Opera for its brave and challenging touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House.
Opera also put in a strong showing at this year’s BBC Music Awards. The Opera category went to Signum Classics for their recording of Grimes on the Beach at last summer’s Aldeburgh Festival. George Benjamin’s Written On Skin continued to garner accolades with the Premiere Award, while the Royal Opera House production of Tosca topped the DVD (Performance) category. Jonas Kaufmann’s disc of Wagner arias for Decca won the Vocal Award.