2019 International Opera Awards winners announced4:19, 30th April 2019
The winners of the 2019 International Opera Awards were announced last night (29 April) during a ceremony held at London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre.
Considered opera’s answer to the Oscars, the awards celebrate achievements in opera around the globe over the last calendar year in a wide range of categories. This year, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award went to legendary soprano Leontyne Price, who is regarded as an inspiration to millions with her exceptional voice, huge repertoire and role as a fierce advocate for the civil rights movement in the US.
Female Singer of the year was presented to Asmik Grigorian, and the public chose Sonya Yoncheva as their Readers’ Award winner, while Marina Viotti was presented with the Young Singer award.
The full list of winners is as follows:
CHORUS – Bolshoi Opera
CONDUCTOR – Marc Albrecht
DESIGNER – Rebecca Ringst
DIRECTOR – Katie Mitchell
EDUCATION & OUTREACH – Umculo Cape Festival
FEMALE SINGER – Asmik Grigorian
FESTIVAL – Janáček Brno Festival
GOOD GOVERNANCE AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN OPERA – Waldemar Dąbrowski
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Leontyne Price
MALE SINGER – Charles Castronovo
MAZARS YOUNG SINGER – Marina Viotti
NEW PRODUCTION (supported by the KT Wong Foundation) – Janáček: From the House of the Dead, d. Krzysztof Warlikowski (Royal Opera House)
NEWCOMER – Maxim Emelyanychev
OPERA COMPANY – Opera Vlaanderen
OPERA ORCHESTRA – Royal Opera House
PHILANTHROPY – Fondation Bru
READERS’ AWARD – Sonya Yoncheva
RECORDING (COMPLETE OPERA) – Rossini: Semiramide (Opera Rara)
RECORDING (SOLO RECITAL) – Stéphane Degout: Enfers (Harmonia Mundi)
REDISCOVERED WORK – Hasse: Artaserse (Pinchgut Opera)
WORLD PREMIERE (sponsored by The Vineyard) – Kurtág: Fin de partie (Teatro alla Scala)
The evening included performances from Gareth Malone and the Opera Holland Park Community Chorus, reunited for the first time since Opera Holland Park’s Hope for Grenfell Memorial Gala last year, as well as past and present IOA winners and finalists and bursary recipients of the Opera Awards Foundation including Anna Patalong and Oliver Johnston, bolstered by the London Philharmonic Choir (pictured).
Highlights from the awards will once again be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 6 May at 7.30pm.