Gramophone Awards 2019: opera winners revealed8:32, 4th October 2019
Hervé Niquet, Glyndebourne and Philippe Jaroussky triumph in the 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards
Hervé Niquet’s recording of Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Chœur de la radio flamande won the opera category, with soloists Véronique Gens, Cyrille Dubois, Étienne Dupuis, Éric Huchet, Christophoros Stamboglis, Artavazd Sargsyan and Tomislav Lavoie. The recording was on the Bru Zane label.
The contemporary category was won by Glyndebourne’s production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, released on DVD by Opus Arte. Soloists on the recording include Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), Barbara Hannigan (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Kim Begley (Polonius), John Tomlinson (Ghost/Grave-Digger/Player-King) and Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky’s disc of Cavalli opera arias on Erato won the recital category. Jaroussky sings a range of Cavalli arias, including ‘Ombra mai fu’, with Ensemble Artarsere.
The winning discs of all 10 award categories will now go on to compete for the Recording of the Year Award, which will be announced at a ceremony in London on 16 October. The evening will be broadcast by Medici TV to audiences in more than 180 countries.
Gramophone’s editor in chief, James Jolly, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled with these winning recordings for their range, their depth, their masterly insight and the way they shine a spotlight on some of the finest musicians of our day.’
Listen to the winning albums and a winner’s playlist on Gramophone’s curator page at Apple Music