Joyce DiDonato, Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros Among Nominees For 62nd Grammy Awards

By David Salazar

The Grammy Awards have unveiled their nominations for the 62nd annual ceremony. For the purposes of this article we will focus on categories related to the opera world.

Best Opera Recording

In the Best Opera Recording categories, the first nominees is George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love & Violence,” under the musical direction of the composer himself. Benjamin leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with a cast that includes Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare, and Gyula Orendt.

Berg’s “Wozzeck,” starring Christopher Maltman and Eva-Maria Westbroek, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus of the Dutch National Opera, and conductor Marc Albrecht were also nominated.

Also in the category was “Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs De Versailles” led by conductors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble and Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble.

Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” featuring conductor Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Opera Project, Boston Children’s Chorus, John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River, and Edwin Vega was the fourth opera recording nominated with Christian Thielemann’s “Lohengrin” from Bayreuth earning the final slot. This latter recording stars Piotr Beczala, Tomasz Konieczny, Waltraud Meier, and Anja Harteros.

Best Vocal Solo & Choral

Susan Narucki’s “The Edge of Silence – Works for Voice by György Kurtág,” Philippe Jarousky and Céline Scheen’s “Himmelsmusik,” Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes’ “Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24, Kerner-Lieder Op. 35,” Joyce DiDonato’s “Songplay,” and Stephen Costello’s “A Te, O Cara,” were the five nominees in Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.

In the Best Choral Performance category, nominees included The Crossing for “Boyle: Voyages,” the Houston Chamber Choir for “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” Conspirare for “The Hope of Loving,” PaTRAM Institute Singers for “Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,” and The Crossing for “Smith, K.: The Arc in the Sky.”