Joyce DiDonato, Christian Gerhaher, Bryn Terfel Among Major Winners of Opus Klassik 2019

By David Salazar
(Credit: Simon Pauly)

The Opus Klassik has announced its top prizes.

Joyce DiDonato won Female Singer of the Year while Christian Gerhaher won Male Singer of the Year. Meanwhile, Emóke Baráth and Nadine Sierra both took home the Young Singer Award, while Jakub Jósef Orlinski was awarded Solo Recording (Opera) for his “Anima Sacra.” André Schuen won Solo Recording (Song) for “Walker.” Bryn Terfel was awarded the “Classical Without Borders” award for his “Dreams and Songs.”

In terms of the Opera Recordings, the winners were Huelga’s Ensemble and Paul Van Nevel for “La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina” and Sir Mark Elder and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for “Semiramide;” “Ruggiero” won for 18th Century Opera while “Semiramide” was the winner for 19th Century Opera. As for 20th and 21st Century Opera Recording of the Year, the winner was “Doctor Atomic” as performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under John Adams.

Benedikt Kristjansson won for Innovative Concert of the Year for “John Passion” while the Bayreuth Festpiele’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” from July 2018 won for Audiovisual Music Production. The Düsseldorfer Singpause won the Prize for Promotion of Young Talent.

Finally, Jonas Kaufmann’s “An Italian night Live from Waldbühne” was awarded for being a Bestseller.