Nominees for the 2019 International Opera Awards were announced yesterday, and we are thrilled to see numerous AH artists recognised. The winners will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony at London’s Sadler’s Wells on Monday 29 April.
Myung-Whun Chung is one of six artists nominated for the Conductor Award. With a career spanning more than four decades, Maestro Chung has conducted virtually all the world’s leading orchestras, and has held positions with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Opéra de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Dresden.
Rosa Feola is once again nominated for the Female Singer Award, alongside Anna Caterina Antonacci and Asmik Grigorian. All three artists made star turns in new roles last year: Asmik receiving worldwide acclaim for her portrayal of Salome at the Salzburg Festival (“a Salome to end all Salomes” Financial Times); Anna Caterina as Queen Elizabeth I at Teatro Real (“one of the most immaculate interpretations I have seen in years” Operawire); and Rosa as Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Basel (“Rosa Feola’s performance as Lucia carried the production” bachtrack).
Deborah Warner – whose production of Billy Buddwon the category last year – is once again nominated for the New Production Award, this year for her La traviata for Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
George Benjamin’s latest opera, Lessons in Love and Violence, is nominated in the World Premiere category. This follows the huge success of the composer’s Written on Skin, widely thought of as one of the most successful new operas of recent times and winner of numerous awards, including: Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, South Bank Sky Arts Award, RPS Award, Académie Charles Cros’ prestigious ‘Grand Prix’, French Critics Awards Grand Prize and an Edison Klassiek.
The shortlist for the World Premiere Award also includes Thomas Larcher’s Das Jagdgewehr (The Hunting Gun), which premiered at the Bregenzer Festspiele with Robin Tritschler making his festival debut as the Poet.