Media partner

Piano partner

Wine Sponsor

Bregenzer Festspiele
Festival of the Year 2015
(Image: Bregenz Festival, P. Pichler)

Founded in 2012, the International Opera Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world. 

The aims of the Awards are simple:

• To raise the profile of opera as an art form.

• To recognise and reward success in opera.

• To generate funds to provide bursaries for aspiring talent in opera from around the world.

Over the last six years the International Opera Awards has raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation to support bursaries for almost 100 aspiring artists, including singers, directors, conductors, répétiteurs and accompanists.

Judging of the International Opera Awards is carried out by a jury of industry professionals headed by Opera editor John Allison.


Sir Thomas Allen
Dame Janet Baker
Placido Domingo
Dame Anne Evans
Dame Felicity Lott
Sir John Tomlinson


Harry Hyman

Harry Hyman founded the International Opera Awards in 2012. A lifelong opera lover, he felt that opera too often hid its light under a bushel. He was inspired to establish the Awards as a way to celebrate an exceptional art form, and to recognise on a global stage, the talented and dedicated individuals and organisations who make it happen. Harry is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Health Properties PLC.

Founding Media Partner

Opera Magazine

Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the bible of the industry', OPERA has been the world's leading commentator on the lyric stage for over 65 years. It was founded in 1950 by the late Lord Harewood, and since then has provided unrivalled coverage of events through a mixture of features, reviews (live performances, recordings, books) and analysis, plus monthly listings of events worldwide and the famous ‘We hear that' section. Long-standing editors-Harold Rosenthal, Rodney Milnes and (since 2000) John Allison-have ensured continuity, and the editorial board includes many of the most distinguished opera critics from Britain's national newspapers. London-based, the magazine has an unrivalled network of international correspondents, covering performances from around the globe.

By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.

Accept and close