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The International Opera Awards is an annual awards ceremony honouring excellence in opera around the world.


The International Opera Awards was founded in 2013 by Harry Hyman, a UK businessman, philanthropist and supporter of opera, and John Allison, Editor of Opera Magazine. The aim of the event is to celebrate excellence in opera and to raise the profile of opera as an artform internationally.

Award categories

Awards are given in approximately 20 categories each year. Nominations for all categories are open to the general public, who submit their choices via an online form. Long lists generated by this process are subsequently considered by a jury of opera critics and administrators, who announce shortlists ahead of the ceremony.

Winners are determined by secret ballot, with the exception of the Opera Magazine Readers' Award, which is decided by public vote.


The inaugural international Opera Awards were held in London at The Hilton Hotel on Monday 22 April 2013.[1] Subsequent ceremonies have taken place each year in April or May.

In 2015 the Awards switched from a dinner format to a theatre show, featuring performances by past winners, finalists and other prominent operatic performers. The 2015 and 2016 ceremonies took place at the Savoy Theatre in London. Since 2017 the ceremony has been held at the London Coliseum, with Orpheus Sinfonia as the orchestra of the Awards.

The host of the Awards for the past two years has been the BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny.

Charitable aims

The Awards raise money for The Opera Awards Foundation, a charity which awards bursaries to aspiring operatic artists in financial need. Recipients include singers, conductors, accompanists, directors and ensembles. Applications are accepted annually and are open to artists in any country.

Award winners

Year Award Winner
2018 Chorus MusicAeterna
2018 Conductor Vladimir Jurowski
2018 Designer Paul Steinberg
2018 Director Mariusz Treliński
2018 Education & Outreach Opera Holland Park
2018 Female Singer Malin Byström
2018 Male Singer Piotr Beczała
2018 Young Singer Wallis Giunta
2018 Festival Festival Verdi Parma
2018 Leadership in Opera Bernd Loebe
2018 Lifetime Achievement Teresa Berganza
2018 New Production Britten: Billy Budd, d. Deborah Warner (Teatro Real)
2018 Newcomer Barbora Horáková Joly
2018 Opera Company Bayerische Staatsoper
2018 Opera Orchestra Teatro alla Scala
2018 Philanthropy Annette Campbell-White
2018 Readers' Award Pretty Yende
2018 Recording (Complete Opera) Berlioz: Les Troyens (Erato)
2018 Recording (Solo Recital) Véronique Gens: Visions (Alpha)
2018 Rediscovered Work Krenek: Der Diktator; Schwergewicht; Das geheime Königreich (Oper Frankfurt)
2018 World Premiere Brett Dean: Hamlet (Glyndebourne)
2017 Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor
2017 Conductor Philippe Jordan
2017 Designer Klaus Grünberg
2017 Director Christof Loy
2017 Education & Outreach Natalya Sats Children’s Opera Theatre, Moscow
2017 Female Singer Anna Netrebko
2017 Male Singer Lawrence Brownlee
2017 Young Singer Louise Alder
2017 Festival Wexford Festival Opera
2017 Leadership in Opera Bernard Foccroulle
2017 Lifetime Achievement Renata Scotto
2017 New Production Saariaho: L’amour de loin, d. Robert Lepage (Metropolitan Opera)
2017 Newcomer Lorenzo Viotti (Conductor)
2017 Opera Company Opéra de Lyon
2017 Opera Magazine Readers' Award Juan Diego Flórez
2017 Philanthropy FEDORA: The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet
2017 Recording (Complete Opera) Pique Dame (BR Klassik)
2017 Recording (Solo Recital) Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony)
2017 Rediscovered Work Żeleński: Goplana (Polish National Opera)
2017 Special Award in Memoriam Alberto Zedda
2017 World Premiere Thomas Adès: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival)
2016 Accessibility The Opera Platform
2016 CD (Complete Opera) Donizetti: Les martyrs, Opera Rara
2016 CD (Operatic Recital) Ann Hallenberg: Agrippina, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
2016 Chorus English National Opera Chorus
2016 Conductor Gianandrea Noseda
2016 Designer Vicki Mortimer
2016 Director Laurent Pelly
2016 DVD Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride, Bel Air Classiques
2016 Female Singer Mariella Devia
2016 Male Singer Gregory Kunde
2016 Young Female Singer Asmik Grigorian
2016 Young Male Singer Stanislas de Barbeyrac
2016 Festival Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016 Lifetime Achievement Brigitte Fassbaender
2016 New Production Britten: Peter Grimes, Theater an der Wien (Vienna)
2016 Opera Company Dutch National Opera
2016 Philanthropist/Sponsor Bill & Judy Bollinger, Christine Collins
2016 Rediscovered Work Offenbach: Le roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon
2016 World Premiere Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera
2016 Young Conductor Giacomo Sagripanti
2016 Young Director Fabio Ceresa
2016 Readers’ Award Ermonela Jaho
2015 Accessibility Den Norske Opera
2015 CD (Complete Opera) Offenbach: Fantasio, Opera Rara
2015 CD (Operatic Recital) Anna Bonitatibus: Semiramide: La Signora Regale, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
2015 Chorus Welsh National Opera Chorus
2015 Conductor Semyon Bychkov
2015 Designer Es Devlin
2015 Director Richard Jones
2015 DVD Strauss: Elektra, Bel Air Classiques
2015 Female Singer Anja Harteros
2015 Male Singer Christian Gerhaher
2015 Young Singer Justina Gringyte
2015 Festival Bregenzer Festspiele
2015 Lifetime Achievement Speight Jenkins
2015 Newcomer Lotte de Beer
2015 New Production Mussorgsky: Khovanskygate, Birmingham Opera Company
2015 Opera Company Komische Oper Berlin
2015 Philanthropist/Sponsor Ann Ziff (Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation)
2015 Readers’ Award Aleksandra Kurzak
2015 Readers’ Award Jonas Kaufmann
2015 Rediscovered Work Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira, Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro)
2015 Anniversary Production (Strauss) Die Frau ohne Schatten, Royal Opera House (London)
2015 World Premiere Philippe Boesmans: Au monde, La Monnaie (Bruxelles)
2014 Accessibility Teatro Sociale di Como
2014 Anniversary Production (Britten) Peter Grimes on the beach (Aldeburgh Festival)
2014 Anniversary Production (Verdi) Verdi trilogy – La battaglia di Legnano, I due Foscari, I Lombardi (Hamburg Staatsoper)
2014 Anniversary Production (Wagner) Parsifal (Vlaamse Opera)
2014 CD (Complete Opera) Otello (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Resound)
2014 CD (Operatic Recital) Ann Hallenberg – Hidden Handel (Naïve)
2014 Chorus Bayreuth Festival
2014 Conductor Kirill Petrenko
2014 Designer Paul Brown
2014 Director Barrie Kosky
2014 DVD David et Jonathas (Bel Air Classiques)
2014 Female Singer Diana Damrau
2014 Male Singer Stuart Skelton
2014 Young Singer Jamie Barton
2014 Festival Aix-en-Provence Festival
2014 Lifetime Achievement Gerard Mortier
2014 New Production Norma, p. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier (Salzburg Festival)
2014 Opera Company Oper Zürich
2014 Philanthropist/Sponsor Edgar Foster Daniels
2014 Readers’ Award Joseph Calleja
2014 Rediscovered Work Cristina, regina di Svezia (Foroni), Wexford Festival
2014 World Premiere The Merchant of Venice (André Tchaikowsky), Bregenz Festival
2013 Accessibility Metropolitan Opera
2013 CD (Complete Opera) Alessandro (Handel), c. George Petrou (Decca)
2013 CD (Operatic Recital) Christian Gerhaher: Romantic Arias (Sony)
2013 Chorus Cape Town Opera
2013 Conductor Antonio Pappano
2013 Designer (costumes) Buki Shiff
2013 Designer (sets) Antony McDonald
2013 Designer (lighting) Paule Constable
2013 Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
2013 DVD Il trittico, Royal Opera, p. Richard Jones, c. Antonio Pappano (Opus Arte)
2013 Female Singer Nina Stemme
2013 Male Singer Jonas Kaufmann
2013 Young Singer Sophie Bevan
2013 Festival Salzburg Festival
2013 Newcomer (conductor or director) Daniele Rustioni
2013 New Production The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, p. and d. Dmitri Tcherniakov (Netherlands Opera)
2013 Opera Company Oper Frankfurt
2013 Opera Orchestra Metropolitan Opera
2013 Philanthropist/Sponsor Sir Peter Moores
2013 Rediscovered Work David et Jonathas (Charpentier), Les Arts Florissants
2013 World Premiere Written on Skin (Benjamin), Aix-en-Provence Festival


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