On Oct. 14, 2018, the first annual Opus Klassik awards were handed out to top artists in the world of classical music.
Juan Diego Flórez was awarded the Male Singer of the Year Award, while soprano Diana Damrau was announced as the Female Singer of the Year.
Flórez took homes the award for his acclaimed “Mozart” album, which was also his first release for Sony Classical. Meanwhile, Damrau took home the award for her “Meyerbeer” album, which was released on Erato and which showcased the composer’s lesser-known works.
Meanwhile, Regula Muhlemann won the Young Artist of the Year accolade for her “Cleopatra” CD, while Joyce DiDonato’s “Les Troyens” won Opera Recording of the Year for an 18th-century Opera. “Pelléas Mélisande” with Magdalena Kozena won the Opera Recording of the Year for a 20th-21st-century Opera.
Other winners included Olga Peretyatko, Julia Lehzneva, and Barbara Hannigan for her Grammy award-winning album “Crazy Girl Crazy.”