Sabine Devieilhe & Stephane Degout Win Big at International Opera Awards

By Francisco Salazar

The 2022 International Opera Awards were handed out at the Teatro Real on Nov. 28, 2022.

The Opera Company of the Year accolade was awarded to Lyviv National Opera and the Odessa National Opera. The companies were chosen due to their perseverance in performing during the war. There was no shortlist this year.

The Female Singer of the Year went to Sabine Devieilhe, while Male Singer of the Year was awarded to Stephane Degout.

Pene Pati was recognized with The Reader’s Award, while Nardus Williams won the Rising Talent Award. The Conductor of the year award went to Daniele Rustioni.

The Director of the Uear award was given to Stefan Herheim, while Designer of the Year was awarded to Michael Levine.

The Festival of the Year award went to Santa Fe Opera, while the New Production of the Year award went to Glyndebourne for its double production of “La Voix humaine” and “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” by Laurent Pelly.

Oper Frankfurt took home the Rediscovered Work award for “Ulisse” by Dallapiccola, while La Monnaie won the World Premiere award for “The Time of our Singing” by Kris Defoort.

The Digital Opera Award went to “Upload” from the Dutch National Opera, while the Gothenburg Opera took home the Sustainability award.

The Philanthropy Award was given to Aline Foriel Destezet, while the Good Governance Leadership award went to Nicholas Payne.

The recording categories saw “Offenbach: Le Voyage dans la lune” (Choeur et Orchestre National Montpellier Occitane/Bru Zane) win for Complete Opera and “Michael Spyres: Baritenor”  taking home the Solo Recital award.

The award for Equal Opportunities and Impact went to Foundation Studio at Cape Town Opera.

Dame Janet Baker received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening saw performances by Xabier Anduaga, Barno Ismatullaeva, Sabina Puertolas, Jessica Pratt and Francesco Demuro.