The annual ECHO KLASSIK Awards have announced their 54 awards in 22 categories.
This year’s coveted Female and Male singer of the year awards went to Joyce DiDonato and Matthias Goerne.
Other winners included Jonas Kaufmann, whose album “Dolce Vita” topped the charts in terms of sales and will be honored in the category of “Bestseller of the Year 2017.”
Aida Garifullina took home the Best Solo Recording of arias and recitals while Ian Bostridge was honored with the Best Solo Recording of songs.
Pretty Yende was recognized as the Best Newcomer while Kent Nagano obtained accolades as the Conductor of the year.
Mozart’s “Le Nozze Di Figaro” starring Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Pisaroni, Thomas Hampson, and Rolando Villazon conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin won the Opera recording of the year from the 17th and 18th century. Meanwhile Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel’s recording of Berg’s “Wozzeck” won Best Opera Recording from the 20th and 21st Century.
Marianne Crebassa won the Best Solo Recording for Duets or Opera Arias while Purcell’s “The Indian Queen ” won Best DVD.
Other winners include Daniel Hope, Maurizio Pollini, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, the Vienna Piano Trio, Thomas Fritzsch, Sebastian Knauer, Linus Roth and next-generation artist Lucas Debargue.
The ECHO KLASSIK trophies will be handed out on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, during a gala event in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg. The German public TV channel ZDF will broadcast the ceremony that evening starting at 10 pm. Once again, popular television presenter Thomas Gottschalk will host the ECHO KLASSIK, marking the fourth time he acts as master of ceremonies for the event.