International Opera Awards 2017 winners announced9:40, 8th May 2017
The winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards were announced last night (7 May) at the London Coliseum.
Renata Scotto collected the lifetime achievement award, with Lawrence Brownlee and Anna Netrebko taking the male and female singer awards respectively.
Excepting the Opera magazine readers’ award, which went to Juan Diego Flórez after nearly 7,000 votes were cast online, the winners were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with the Daily Telegraph.
CHORUS – Arnold Schoenberg Chor
CONDUCTOR – Philippe Jordan
DESIGNER – Klaus Grünberg
DIRECTOR – Christof Loy
EDUCATION & OUTREACH – Natalya Sats Children’s Opera Theatre, Moscow
FEMALE SINGER – Anna Netrebko
FESTIVAL – Wexford Festival Opera
LEADERSHIP IN OPERA – Bernard Foccroulle
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Renata Scotto
MALE SINGER – Lawrence Brownlee
NEW PRODUCTION – Saariaho: L’amour de loin, d. Robert Lepage (Metropolitan Opera)
NEWCOMER – Lorenzo Viotti (Conductor)
OPERA COMPANY – Opéra de Lyon
OPERA MAGAZINE READERS’ AWARD – Juan Diego Flórez
PHILANTROPIST – FEDORA
RECORDING (COMPLETE OPERA) – Pique Dame (BR Klassik)
RECORDING (SOLO RECITAL) – Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony)
REDISCOVERED WORK – Żeleński: Goplana (Polish National Opera)
SPECIAL AWARD IN MEMORIAM – Alberto Zedda
WORLD PREMIERE – Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival)
YOUNG SINGER – Louise Alder
The evening included performances by Stuart Skelton, female singer of the year finalists Anita Rachvelishvili and Stéphanie d’Oustrac, young singer of the year Louise Alder, as well as Bryan Hymel, Lauren Fagan and 2014 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary recipient Rhian Lois.
Radio 3 will broadcast highlights from the ceremony in a 90-minute programme on 21 May at 7.30pm.