The shortlist for the 2016 International Opera Awards was announce earlier today and we’re thrilled to see so many Askonas Holt artists nominated!
In partnership with Opera magazine, the awards aim to recognise and reward success in the opera world, raise the profile of opera as an art form, and generate funds to provide bursaries for aspiring talent in opera all over the world. 2015 bursary recipients include young AH tenor Gyula Rab.
For all categories apart from the Readers’ Award, winners will be selected by an international jury chaired by the Editor of Opera magazine, John Allison. The winner of the Readers’ Award will be chosen by a public vote. Vote here.
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on 15 May 2016. Tickets here.
The full shortlist can be seen on the International Opera Awards website.
CD (Complete Opera)
Brett Dean: Bliss, ABC Classics – starring Peter Coleman Wright
Donizetti: Les Martyrs, Opera Rara – starring Brindley Sherratt
Handel: Partenope, Erato – starring John Mark Ainsley
Verdi: Aida, Warner – starring Ludovic Tézier
CD (Operatic Recital)
Christiane Karg, Jonathan Cohen: Scene!, Berlin Classics
Matthew Rose, Jonathan Cohen: Arias for Benucci, Hyperion
Puccini: Manon Lescaut (The Royal Opera), Sony – starring Christopher Maltman and Benjamin Hulett, directed by Jonathan Kent
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar’s Bride (Staatsoper Berlin), Bel Air – conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne), Opus Arte – starring Kate Royal, conducted by Robin Ticciati
Bellini: I Puritani, Welsh National Opera – starring Rosa Feola
Berg: Wozzeck, Lyric Opera of Chicago – starring Angela Denoke and Brindley Sherratt
Halévy: La Juive, Opera Vlaanderen – starring Asmik Grigorian
Handel: Saul, Glyndebourne – starring Iestyn Davies, Lucy Crowe, Sophie Bevan and Benjamin Hulett
Readers’ Award – vote here
Harrison Birtwistle: The Cure, Aldeburgh Festival – directed by Martin Duncan
Pascal Dusapin: Penthesilea, La Monnaie – conducted by Franck Ollu
Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera – starring Isabel Leonard
Young Female Singer