The shortlist for the Gramophone Awards 2019 has been announced. For the purposes of this article, we will focus solely on opera or vocal related awards.
In the opera category, John Adams’ “Doctor Atomic” with the compose conducting was the first of three selections. Halevy’s “La Reine de Chypre” was the second nomination; this production featured the Orchestre de chambre de Paris with Hervé Niquet conducting. Finally, Sir Mark Elder and Opera Rara’s recording of “Semiramide” took the final slot.
Among the contemporary works, the Met Opera’s recording of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel” will compete with the Glyndebourne production of “Hamlet” with Vladimir Jurowski conducting. The finally contestant in that category is “Heaven is Shy of Earth” with Susan Bickley and Oliver Knussen conducting.
In the choral category, contestants include Buxtehude’s “Abendmusiken” performed by Vox Luminis and Ensemble Masques led by Lionel Meunier and Oliver Fortin, Monteverdi’s “Vespers with Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent, and “A Rose Magnificat” as performed by Gabrieli Consort under the direction of Paul McCreesh.
Philippe Jaroussky’s “Cavalli,” Jodie Devos’ “Offenbach,” and Elsa Dreisig’s “Miroir(s)” were nominated in the Recital category.
Finally, in the solo vocal category the choices include Debussy’s “Melodies,” which includes Sophie Karthäuser, Stéphane Degout, Eugene Asti, and Alain Planès; Schumann’s “Frage” as performed by Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber; and “Perpetual Night,” which features Lucile Richardot and the Ensemble Correspondances.
The winners of each category will be announced on Oct. 1 and advance to the big awards ceremony on Oct. 16, 2019.