Winners of International Opera Awards 2017 Announced
The winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards were announced tonight in a ceremony held for the first time at the London Coliseum and were once again hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny.
Winners were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. The coveted Opera Magazine Readers' Award went to Juan Diego Flórez, with nearly 7000 votes cast online. Renata Scotto was at the ceremony to collect her Lifetime Achievement Award, with Lawrence Brownlee and Anna Netrebko taking the Male and Female Singer Awards respectively.
Celebrating the best of the international opera world while raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, the evening, directed by Ella Marchment, was also a showcase for both current and emerging opera stars, with performances by Stuart Skelton, Female Singer of the Year finalists Anita Rachvelishvili and Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Young Singer of the Year Louise Alder, as well as Bryan Hymel, Lauren Fagan and 2014 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary recipient Rhian Lois.
BBC Radio 3, which for the first time has partnered with the Awards, will broadcast highlights from the ceremony in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday 21 May at 7.30pm.
Founded by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman, the International Opera Awards exists not only to celebrate established stars, but to support the next generation of talent. The Awards raises money for the Opera Awards Foundation, a charity which provides bursaries to aspiring operatic talent around the world.
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Natalya Sats Children's Opera Theatre, Moscow
Wexford Festival Opera
LEADERSHIP IN OPERA
Saariaho: L'amour de loin, d. Robert Lepage (Metropolitan Opera)
Lorenzo Viotti (Conductor)
Opéra de Lyon
OPERA MAGAZINE READERS' AWARD
Juan Diego Flórez
RECORDING (COMPLETE OPERA)
Pique Dame (BR Klassik)
RECORDING (SOLO RECITAL)
Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony)
?ele?ski: Goplana (Polish National Opera)
SPECIAL AWARD IN MEMORIAM
Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival)
John Allison (chair)
Editor, Opera; critic, Daily Telegraph
Artistic Director, Wexford Festival Opera
Intendant, Opera Vlaanderen
Chief music critic, Sunday Times; member of Opera's editorial board
Opera critic, Daily Telegraph; member of Opera's editorial board
Director of Opera,Opera Holland Park
General Director, Opéra de Lyon
Deputy Arts Editor, The Times
Francisco José Folch
Critic, El Mercurio
General Director, President & CEO, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sydney correspondent, Opera; national dance critic, The Australian
Joanna C. Lee
Contributor, Opera; columnist Opera (China)
Intendant, Philharmonie Essen, Aalto-Musiktheater & Essener Philharmoniker
Director, Opera Europa
Correspondent, Opera, Opernwelt & Fono Forum
Artistic Director General, Gran Teatre del Liceu
General Director, San Francisco Opera
Critic, The Financial Times; columnist, Opera (China); commentator, RTHK Radio 4
Contributor, Opera & Opera Canada.
CEO & Artistic Director, Royal Swedish Opera