Finalists Announced For International Opera Awards 2019

Finalists Announced For International Opera Awards 2019

The International Opera Awards today announces the finalists for its 2019 Awards.

The annual red-carpet event - which celebrates achievement in opera around the globe over the 2018 calendar year - recognises excellence in a wide range of categories that cover performance, design and direction as well as education and outreach.

London's Royal Opera House leads the 2019 shortlist, with recognition in four separate categories (Chorus, New Production, Opera Orchestra, and World Premiere), with Op ra de Lyon close behind with three (Chorus, Education and Outreach and World Premiere). Soprano Pretty Yende, winner of last year's Readers' Award, is this year nominated for Female Singer alongside Anna Caterina Antonacci, Daniela Barcellona, Sabine Devieilhe, Rosa Feola and Asmik Grigorian. Star tenor Stuart Skelton, winner of the Male Singer Award in 2014, receives a nomination for Recording (Solo Recital) for his debut solo recording Shining Knight, facing competition from Javier Camarena, Max Emanuel Cencic, St phane Degout, Elsa Dreisig and Anita Rachvelishvili.

Opera lovers from around the world are invited to vote in the Readers' Award, with the nominees including the stellar talents of Ildar Abdrazakov, Michael Fabiano, Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Hannigan, Dame Sarah Connolly, Ana Maria Martinez and Sonya Yoncheva. Voting opens today on the International Opera Awards' website and runs until Friday 8 March.

The full list of finalists is detailed below.

The shortlist was compiled by an impressive international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine (the Founding Media Partner of the Awards) and classical music critic of The Daily Telegraph. The winners of all categories, except the Readers' Award, will also be decided by the jury.

The winners in all 18 categories are announced at a glittering Gala Event at London's Sadler's Wells on 29 April 2019, together with special awards for Philanthropy, Leadership and Lifetime Achievement.

Live performances from stars of the opera world, with full orchestra, are now a defining feature of the evening and have, in recent years, included memorable moments with such renowned singers as Anna Bonitatibus, Stuart Skelton, Lawrence Brownlee and Ermonela Jaho. Performers for 2019 will be announced in due course. Petroc Trelawny hosts the event for the fourth year, while BBC Radio 3 will again broadcast highlights from the evening shortly after the event.

John Allison, chair of the Jury, 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.

The Awards, founded by philanthropist Harry Hyman in 2012, aim to raise the profile of opera as an art form, to recognise and reward success in opera and to generate funds to provide bursaries for aspiring operatic talent from around the world. Since 2012 over 330,000 has been raised by the Opera Awards Foundation.



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


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


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


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


English Touring Opera
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Komische Oper
Op ra de Lyon
Pittsburgh Opera
Umculo Cape Festival


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


Festival della Valle d'Itria
Garsington Opera
Jan ek Brno Festival
Opera Holland Park
Prototype Festival


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


Barber: Vanessa, d. Keith Warner (Glyndebourne)
Britten: Gloriana, d. David McVicar (Teatro Real)
Jan ek: From the House of the Dead, d. Krzysztof Warlikowski (Royal Opera House)
Jan ek: Jen fa, d. Katie Mitchell (Dutch National Opera)
Verdi: La traviata, d. Deborah Warner (Th tre des Champs-Elys es)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, d. Dmitri Tcherniakov (Staatsoper Berlin)


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


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


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


Ildar Abdrazakov
Sarah Connolly
Michael Fabiano
Vittorio Grigolo
Thomas Hampson
Barbara Hannigan
Ana Mar a Mart nez
Sonya Yoncheva


Dean: Hamlet (Opus Arte)
Hal vy: 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 N rnberg (Deutsche Grammophon)


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


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)


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


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

2019 JURY

David Agler
Michael Ajzenstadt
John Allison
Shirley Apthorp
John Berry
Mihai Cosma
Peter de Caluwe
Xavier Cester
James Clutton
Serge Dorny
Cori Ellison
Umberto Fanni
Neil Fisher
Lauren Flanigan
George Hall
Brenda Hurley
Robert Koerner
Alek Laskowski
Joanna C. Lee
Elizabeth Llewellyn
George Loomis
Max Loppert
Fiona Maddocks
Njabulo Madlala
Andrew Mellor
Susanne Mentzer
Christoph Meyer
Barbara Minghetti
Annilese Miskimmon
Hein Mulders
Eric Owens
Nicholas Payne
Gerhard Persch
Anna Picard
Valeriy Serkin
Matthew Shilvock
Ken Smith
Carlos Maria Solare
Birgitta Svend n
Lyndon Terracini
Thomas Yaksic
Francesca Zambello


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