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Melissa Bradshaw

2019 International Opera Awards winners announced

4:19, 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.

www.operaawards.org

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