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Shortlists announced

The International Opera Awards has today [11 October 2023] announced the shortlist for this year’s Awards, which will be held at Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera, Warsaw on Thursday 9 November. The International Opera Awards celebrate operatic talent from around the world, as well as raising funds and awareness for the Opera Awards Foundation which supports aspiring operatic artists.

The shortlisted nominees revealed today come from over 26 countries, reflecting once again the true collaborative and international nature of opera and the Awards. Artists, productions and companies from across Europe and North America are joined by those from Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Korea, Mexico and South Africa.

Harry Hyman, founder of the International Opera Awards, said: “This year’s International Opera Awards shortlist once again celebrates talent from around the world and proves that opera is truly the most international of artforms. Huge congratulations to all our nominees and I look forward to celebrating with them at the magnificent Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.”

The Award categories cover the entire scope of opera – from singers, conductors, directors and designers to productions, festivals, recordings and sustainability. The shortlist was compiled by an international jury of opera critics, administrators and performers and chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine (the Founding Media Partner of the Awards) and classical music critic of The Daily Telegraph.

Voting is also open for the Opera Magazine Readers’ Award, the only award to be decided by the public. This year’s nominees are Piotr Beczała, Nicholas Brownlee, Freddie De Tommaso, Michael Fabiano, Sally Matthews, Lisette Oropesa, Sondra Radvanovsky and Nadine Sierra. Voting is open until 16 October, and votes can be cast on the International Opera Awards website.

Special Awards including Leadership, Philanthropy and Lifetime Achievement will also be announced at the Awards ceremony.

The full shortlist of nominees can be found here.

John Allison, Chair of the Jury, said: “I’m very gratified by the huge number of nominations received for this year’s International Opera Awards, and am excited by the shortlists, which reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the art form. It’s clear that 2022-3 was a strong season for the operatic world, despite ongoing challenges, and we’ll celebrate this with our outstanding winners in Warsaw.

BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will again host the Awards, which will feature live performances from Award winners and stars of the opera world – further details will be announced in due course. Tickets for the Awards are available from Teatr Wielki’s website.

The Awards, founded by philanthropist Harry Hyman in 2012, aim to raise the profile of opera as an art form, to recognise and reward success in opera and to generate funds to provide bursaries for aspiring operatic talent from around the world. Since 2012 over £500,000 has been raised by the Opera Awards Foundation, going to more than 125 bursary recipients.

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