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Lucy Thraves

Editor

Royal Opera House leads shortlist for International Opera Awards

9:34, 30th January 2019

The International Opera Awards has announced the finalists for its 2019 awards. The annual event celebrates achievements in opera around the world, recognising excellence in categories including performance, design and direction, as well as education and outreach.

The Royal Opera House leads the shortlist, with a total of four nominations including for Janáček’s  From the House of the Dead (best new production) and Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence (best world premiere).

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

2019 FINALISTS

CHORUS

Bolshoi Opera
Dutch National Opera
Opéra de Lyon
Royal Opera House
Semperoper Dresden
Teatro alla Scala

CONDUCTOR

Marc Albrecht
Myung-Whun Chung
Diego Fasolis
René Jacobs
Michele Mariotti
Mark Wigglesworth

DESIGNER

Paolo Fantin
Johannes Leiacker
Rebecca Ringst
Katrin Lea Tag
Leslie Travers
Pierre-André Weitz

DIRECTOR

Vasily Barkhatov
Calixto Bieito
Rodula Gaitanou
Katie Mitchell
David Pountney
Krzysztof Warlikowski

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

English Touring Opera
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Komische Oper
Opéra de Lyon
Pittsburgh Opera
Umculo Cape Festival

FEMALE SINGER

Anna Caterina Antonacci
Daniela Barcellona
Sabine Devieilhe
Rosa Feola
Asmik Grigorian
Pretty Yende

FESTIVAL

Festival della Valle d’Itria
Garsington Opera
Janáček Brno Festival
Opera Holland Park
Prototype Festival
Ruhrtriennale

MALE SINGER

Charles Castronovo
Alex Esposito
Brandon Jovanovich
John Osborn
Xavier Sabata
Georg Zeppenfeld

NEW PRODUCTION

Barber: Vanessa, d. Keith Warner (Glyndebourne)
Britten: Gloriana, d. David McVicar (Teatro Real)
Janáček: From the House of the Dead, d. Krzysztof Warlikowski (Royal Opera House)
Janáček: Jenůfa, d. Katie Mitchell (Dutch National Opera)
Verdi: La traviata, d. Deborah Warner (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, d. Dmitri Tcherniakov (Staatsoper Berlin)

NEWCOMER

Julia Burbach (director)
Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor)
Ben Glassberg (conductor)
Thomas Guggeis (conductor)
Joana Mallwitz (conductor)
Zou Shuang (director)

OPERA COMPANY

Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Gothenburg Opera
Houston Grand Opera
Opéra National de Paris
Opera Vlaanderen
Theater an der Wien

OPERA ORCHESTRA

LA Opera
MusicAeterna
Novaya Opera
Royal Danish Opera
Royal Opera House
Staatsoper Berlin

READERS’ AWARD

Ildar Abdrazakov
Sarah Connolly
Michael Fabiano
Vittorio Grigolo
Thomas Hampson
Barbara Hannigan
Ana María Martínez
Sonya Yoncheva

RECORDING (COMPLETE OPERA)

Dean: Hamlet (Opus Arte)
Halévy: La Reine de Chypre (Palazzetto Bru Zane)
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Soli Deo Gloria)
Rossini: Semiramide (Opera Rara)
Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco (Decca)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Deutsche Grammophon)

RECORDING (SOLO RECITAL)

Javier Camarena: Contrabandista (Decca)
Max Emanuel Cencic: Porpora Arias (Decca)
Stéphane Degout: Enfers (Harmonia Mundi)
Elsa Dreisig: Miroir(s) (Erato)
Anita Rachvelishvili: Anita (Sony)
Stuart Skelton: Shining Knight (ABC Classics)

REDISCOVERED WORK

Donizetti: L’Ange de Nisida (Opera Rara)
Goldschmidt: Beatrice Cenci (Bregenz Festival)
Hasse: Artaserse (Pinchgut Opera)
Mascagni: Isabeau (Opera Holland Park)
Paderewski: Manru (Polish National Opera)
Stanford: The Travelling Companion (New Sussex Opera)
Tate: The Lodger (Stadttheater Bremerhaven)
van Gilse: Thijl (Utrecht Student Orchestra)

WORLD PREMIERE

Beecher: Sky on Swings (Opera Philadelphia)
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence (Royal Opera House)
Debussy/Van Parys: Usher (Staatsoper Berlin)
Kurtág: Fin de partie (Teatro alla Scala)
Langer: Rhondda Rips It Up! (Welsh National Opera)
Larcher: Das Jagdgewehr (Bregenz Festival)
Raskatov: GerMANIA (Opéra de Lyon)
Wainwright: Hadrian (Canadian Opera Company)

YOUNG SINGER

Julien Behr
Benjamin Bernheim
Jodie Devos
Kangmin Justin Kim
Soraya Mafi
Siyabonga Maqungo
Amanda Woodbury
Marina Viotti

The shortlist was compiled by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine, the founding media partner of the awards.

The winners will be announced at a gala event at Sadler’s Wells on 29 April, with special awards for philanthropy, leadership and lifetime achievement.

Chair of the jury John Allison said: ‘It’s gratifying that we received a record-breaking number of nominations for this year’s International Opera Awards, and I feel that this excitement is reflected in the shortlists we’re announcing today. Spanning six continents, these shortlists — chosen by our international jury — reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the art form, and the vibrancy of work being done despite challenges faced by opera companies large and small everywhere.’

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