Opera triumphs at London's Royal Philharmonic Society Awards
15 May 2014, London, UK
Joyce DiDonato as Elena in 'La donna del lago' at Covent Garden(Photo: Bill Cooper)
Opera and music theatre fared particularly well in this year’s prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 13 May. Welsh National Opera received the award for Opera and Music Theatre, praised for ‘bold and contrasting’ productions of Lulu, Lohengrin and Paul Bunyan. Nominees in this category included Longborough Festival Opera, the Royal Opera House and Opera North.
In the Singer category, Joyce DiDonato headed a strong field which included Barbara Hannigan, Michael Volle and Mark Padmore. The American mezzo was commended for the ‘transcendent beauty’ of her singing in the Royal Opera House’s production of Rossini’s La donna del lago.
Opera also triumphed in the Large-scale Composition category, with George Benjamin’s Written on Skin singled out for its ‘technical skill’ and ‘emotional impact’. Meanwhile, another new opera, Imago by Orlando Gough, written as a community piece, was given the Learning and Participation Award. The opera was co-commissioned by Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera.
Daniel Barenboim took the award in the Conductor category for his Ring cycle at the 2013 BBC Proms, competing against Riccardo Chailly and Andris Nelsons.
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