Oper Frankfurt Wins ‘Opera House of the Year’

By Francisco Salazar

Opernwelt Magazine has called Oper Frankfurt the “Opera House of the Year” for the sixth time.

The magazine said that Oper Frankfurt is innovative and courageously plans seasons with outstanding productions. The magazine particularly noted Christof Loy’s production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed “Die Nacht vor Weihnachten / The Night before Christmas” which was later released on DVD by Naxos.

That production was voted “Production of the Year” and the chorus was named “Chorus of the Year” 2021-22 for its achievement in Luigi Dallapiccola’s “Ulisse.”

Other winners from the magazine included Kirill Petrenko for Conductor of the Year for his work in Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame” in Baden-Baden while Director of the Year was given to Kirill Serebrennikov.

There were two winners for World Premiere of the Year including Peter Eötvös’ “Sleepless” at the Staatsoper in Berlin and Stefan Wirth’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” at the Zurich Opera. The Rediscovery of the Year award was given to Ernest Guiraud’s “Frédégonde” by Saint Saëns and Dukas (Oper Dortmund) and “Fremde Erde” by Karol Rathaus (Theater Osnabrück).

Oper Frankfurt is currently presenting the “Tosca” and “La Cenerentola.”