Barbara Hannigan, Cecilia Bartoli, Piotr Beczała & Joyce DiDonato Among International Opera Award Nominees

The International Opera Award nominations have bee announced.

The organization, which seeks to recognize the best of the industry recognizes 18 categories.

This year the nominees for Female Singer are Malin Byström, Carmen Giannattasio, Barbara Hannigan, who recently won the Grammy, Hui He, Ermonela Jaho and Eva-Maria Westbroek.

In the Male Singer category, Piotr Beczała is nominated alongside Günther Groissböck, Peter Mattei, Eric Owens, Simone Piazzola and Michael Spyres.

The Opera Company category will see the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Fenice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oper Graz, Opera North and the Teatro Real compete.

The nominated conductors are Marc Albrecht, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi, Kazushi Ono, and Simone Young

Meanwhile, the Readers’ Award, which is voted on by the public, will see an all-star line up competing for the award including Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce DiDonato, Bryan Hymel, Ambrogio Maestri, Karita Mattila, René Pape, Luca Pisaroni, and Pretty Yende.

Other nominees include David McVicar, Charles Edwards, Florida Grand Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and David Hertzberg. 

The awards ceremony will take place on April 9, 2018, at the London Coliseum.



Bayerische Staatsoper
Komische Oper
La Fenice
San Francisco Opera
Teatro Real


Marc Albrecht
Daniele Gatti
Vladimir Jurowski
Fabio Luisi
Kazushi Ono
Simone Young


Charles Edwards
Christof Hetzer
Stuart Nunn
Dieter Richter
Paul Steinberg
Anna Viebrock


David Bösch
David Hermann
Tobias Kratzer
David McVicar
Lydia Steier
Mariusz Treliński

Education & Outreach

Chicago Opera Theater
Florida Grand Opera
Garsington Opera
La Monnaie
Opera Holland Park
Polish National Opera

Female Singer

Malin Byström
Carmen Giannattasio
Barbara Hannigan
Hui He
Ermonela Jaho
Eva-Maria Westbroek


Bayreuth Festival
Festival Verdi Parma
Opera Forward
Opera Philadelphia O17
Santa Fe Opera

Male Singer

Piotr Beczała
Günther Groissböck
Peter Mattei
Eric Owens
Simone Piazzola
Michael Spyres

New Production

Berg: “Wozzeck,” d. William Kentridge (Salzburg Festival)
Britten: “Billy Budd,” d. Deborah Warner (Teatro Real)
Britten: “Death in Venice,” d. Demis Volpi (Oper Stuttgart)
Mozart: “La clemenza di Tito,” d. Claus Guth (Glyndebourne)
Verdi: “Stiffelio,” d. Graham Vick (Teatro Regio di Parma)
Wagner: “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” d. Barrie Kosky (Bayreuth Festival)


Gianmaria Aliverta (director)
Jordan de Souza (conductor)
David Hertzberg (composer)
Barbora Horáková Joly (director)
Dane Lam (conductor)
Giedre Slekyte (conductor)

Opera Company

Bayerische Staatsoper
La Fenice
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Oper Graz
Opera North
Teatro Real

Opera Orchestra

Bayerische Staatsoper
Bayreuth Festival
Deutsche Oper
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Teatro alla Scala

Readers’ Award

Cecilia Bartoli
Joyce DiDonato
Bryan Hymel
Ambrogio Maestri
Karita Mattila
René Pape
Luca Pisaroni
Pretty Yende

Recording (Complete Opera)

Andriessen: “Theatre of the World” (Nonesuch)
Berlioz: “Les Troyens” (Erato)
Lully: “Armide” (Aparté)
Martinů: “The Greek Passion” (Oehms)
Méhul: “Uthal” (Palazzetto Bru Zane)
Wagner: “Lohengrin” (Deutsche Grammophon)

Recording (Solo Recital)

Sophie Bevan: “Perfido!” (Signum Classics)
Joyce El-Khoury: “Echo” & Michael Spyres: “Espoir” (Opera Rara)
Juan Diego Flórez: “Mozart Arias” (Sony)
Véronique Gens: “Visions” (Alpha)
Jonas Kaufmann: “L’Opéra” (Sony)
Camilla Tilling: “Gluck & Mozart Arias” (BIS)

Rediscovered Work

Blomdahl: “Aniara” (Malmö Opera)
Ginastera: “Bomarzo” (Teatro Real)
Hindemith: “Die Harmonie der Welt” (Landestheater Linz)
Isouard: “Cendrillon” (Manhattan School of Music)
Keiser: “Oktavia” (Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik)
Krenek: “Der Diktator; Schwergewicht, oder Die Ehre der Nation; Das geheime Königreich” (Oper Frankfurt)

World Premiere

Mason Bates: “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” (Santa Fe Opera)
Chaya Czernowin: “Infinite Now” (Opera Vlaanderen)
Brett Dean: “Hamlet” (Glyndebourne)
Avner Dorman: “Wahnfried” (Badisches Staatstheater)
Sebastian Fagerlund: “Autumn Sonata” (Finnish National Opera)
Julian Grant: “The Nefarious, Immoral yet Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr Burke and Mr Hare” (Boston Lyric Opera)
Arnulf Herrmann: “Der Mieter” (Oper Frankfurt)
Tang Jianping: “170 Days in Nanking” (Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts)

Young Singer

Aigul Akhmetshina
Liparit Avetisyan
Gordon Bintner
Amartuvshin Enkhbat
Lauren Fagan
Wallis Giunta
Anush Hovhannisyan
Isabella Lee
Federica Lombardi
Natalya Romaniw

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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