Ermonela Jaho, Serena Sáenz, Juan Jesús Rodríguez Among Major Winners of Premios Ópera XXI’s 2022-23 Edition

By David Salazar

The Premios Ópera XXI announced the winners of the 2022-23 season on Jan. 25, 2024.

Taking home the prize for Best Musical Direction was Josep Pons for his work in “Parsifal” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Meanwhile, Juan Echanove was the winner of the Best Director award for “Pan y Toros” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

In the singers categories, Juan Jesús Rodríguez (“Il Trovatore” at ABAO Ópera Bilbao, “Ernani” at Ópera de Ovieda, and “Luisa Fernanda” at Teatro de la Zarzuela) won Best Male Singer, while Ángela Blancas took home the prize for Best Female Singer for her turn as Kostelnicka in “Jenufa” at the Teatro de la Maestranza. Serena Sáenz was honored with the best young singer award for her turns in “La Sonnambula” at the Teatro Real de Madrid and for “Don Pasquale” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Finally, Ermonela Jaho was awarded for Best International Singer for her turn in “Il Triticco” at Gran Teatre del Liceu.

In the more technical categories Daniel Bianco won for Best Scene Design, Eduardo Bravo was the Best Lighting Design winner, Jesús Ruiz was best Costume Design winner, and Franc Aleu was the winner for Best Video Creation.

The Best New Work went to “Orgia” by Hèctor Parra and Calixto Bieito at Teatro Arriaga, while Best New Production went to the Teatro Real de Madrid’s “The Nose.” The award for Patrimonio Lírico Español was given to “San Franco de Sena,” while the Premio OLA give to the best Latin American production was given to Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo’s “Il Guarany.”

The jury for this year’s awards featured ernando Sans, Pablo Meléndez, Javier Pérez Senz, Maricel Chavarría, Alejandro Martínez Rodríguez, Ana Vega Toscano, Mariela Rubio, César Coca, Richard Martet, Gonzalo Alonso, Justo Romero, Victora Stapells, and Juan Antonio Muñoz.