Winners of International Opera Awards 2017 Announced

Winners of International Opera Awards 2017 Announced

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.

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WINNERS

CHORUS

Arnold Schoenberg Chor

CONDUCTOR

Philippe Jordan

DESIGNER

Klaus Grünberg

DIRECTOR

Christof Loy

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Natalya Sats Children's Opera Theatre, Moscow

FEMALE SINGER

Anna Netrebko

FESTIVAL

Wexford Festival Opera

LEADERSHIP IN OPERA

Bernard Foccroulle

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Renata Scotto

MALE SINGER

Lawrence Brownlee

NEW PRODUCTION

Saariaho: L'amour de loin, d. Robert Lepage (Metropolitan Opera)

NEWCOMER

Lorenzo Viotti (Conductor)

OPERA COMPANY

Opéra de Lyon

OPERA MAGAZINE READERS' AWARD

Juan Diego Flórez

PHILANTROPIST

FEDORA

RECORDING (COMPLETE OPERA)

Pique Dame (BR Klassik)

RECORDING (SOLO RECITAL)

Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony)

REDISCOVERED WORK

?ele?ski: Goplana (Polish National Opera)

SPECIAL AWARD IN MEMORIAM

Alberto Zedda

WORLD PREMIERE

Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival)

YOUNG SINGER

Louise Alder

2017 Jury

John Allison (chair)
Editor, Opera; critic, Daily Telegraph

David Agler
Artistic Director, Wexford Festival Opera

Aviel Cahn
Intendant, Opera Vlaanderen

Hugh Canning
Chief music critic, Sunday Times; member of Opera's editorial board

Rupert Christiansen
Opera critic, Daily Telegraph; member of Opera's editorial board

James Clutton
Director of Opera,Opera Holland Park

Serge Dorny
General Director, Opéra de Lyon

Neil Fisher
Deputy Arts Editor, The Times

Francisco José Folch
Critic, El Mercurio

Anthony Freud
General Director, President & CEO, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Deborah Jones
Sydney correspondent, Opera; national dance critic, The Australian

Joanna C. Lee
Contributor, Opera; columnist Opera (China)

Njabulo Madlala
Baritone

Hein Mulders
Intendant, Philharmonie Essen, Aalto-Musiktheater & Essener Philharmoniker

Nicholas Payne
Director, Opera Europa

Gerhard Persché
Correspondent, Opera, Opernwelt & Fono Forum

Christina Scheppelmann
Artistic Director General, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Matthew Shilvock
General Director, San Francisco Opera

Ken Smith
Critic, The Financial Times; columnist, Opera (China); commentator, RTHK Radio 4

Victoria Stapells
Contributor, Opera & Opera Canada.

Birgitta Svenden
CEO & Artistic Director, Royal Swedish Opera

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