Angel Blue, Cecilia Bartoli & Joyce DiDonato Lead Classical Music Grammy Nominees

By Francisco Salazar

The Grammy Nominations have been announced with Joyce DiDonato, Angel Blue, and Cecilia Bartoli among the artists shortlisted for top prizes.

In the Best Opera Recording category Dello Joio’s “The Trial At Rouen” featuring Gil Rose, Heather Buck, Stephen Powell, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project and  Odyssey Opera Chorus were nominated alongside Floyd’s “Prince Of Players” with William Boggs, Keith Phares and Kate Royal; Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” with conductor David Robertson, Angel Blue, and Eric Owens; and Handel’s “Agrippina” with Maxim Emelyanychev and Joyce DiDonato. The final nominee is Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg” starring Donald Runnicles, David Butt Philip, and Elena Tsallagova.

Meanwhile, the nominees for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album were Nicholas Phan for “Clairières – Songs By Lili & Nadia Boulanger,” Cecilia Bartoli for “Farinelli,” Sarah Brailey and Dashon Burton for “Smyth: The Prison,” Brian Giebler’s “A Lad’s Love,” and William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto, and Stephen Powell for “American Composers At Play.”

Blanton Alspaugh, David Frost, Jesse Lewis, Dmitriy Lipay, and Elaine Martone were nominated for Classical Producer of the Year while the Best Classical Engineered Album nominees were Danielpour’s “The Passion Of Yeshua,” Gershwin’s “Porgy And Bess,” Hynes’s “Fields” Ives’ Complete Symphonies and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’”

The nominees for Best Choral Performance included “Carthage,” Danielpour’s “The Passion Of Yeshua” featuring James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann, and Matthew Worth, Kastalsky’s “Requiem,” Moravec’s Sanctuary Road” featuring Joshua Blue, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Dashon Burton, Malcolm J. Merriweather, and Laquita Mitchell, and “Once Upon A Time.”

The Opera recording nominee “Prince Of Players” was also nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition alongside Adès’ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Danielpour’s “The Passion Of Yeshua,” Hearne, T.: Place, and Rouse’s Symphony No. 5.

In the Best Classical Compendium category, Isabel Leonard was nominated for Thomas’s “From the Diary Anne Frank and Meditations on Rilke.