martedì 30 aprile 2019

International Opera Awards, a Opera Vlaanderen Best Opera Company, a La Monnaie Best New Production

Opera Vlaanderen has received the International Opera Award for Opera Company of the Year. It was the fourth time that the house was nominated in this category. "A great honour and the icing on the cake for a decade of hard work," responded artistic director Aviel Cahn.

The International Opera Awards were presented tonight at a gala at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

At the end of the evening, the much-anticipated grand prize was announced: Opera Company of the Year.

The nominees were an impressive group: Opéra national de Paris, Theater an der Wien, Houston Grand Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Gothenburg Opera were worthy contenders, but in the end, the name that emerged from the golden envelope, to thunderous applause, was Opera Vlaanderen.

This was the fourth time that Opera Vlaanderen was nominated in the category, but now, at last, it could claim the prize.

Artistic director Aviel Cahn accepted the award in person. "A great honour and the result of ten years of hard work by everyone involved in our house. Onstage and behind the scenes, in the offices and workshops. So above all, this is also an award for them. It once again underscores the fact that Opera Vlaanderen is at the vanguard internationally, precisely because we present opera in a way that is exciting, relevant and contemporary. I hope that this prize will inspire everyone who believes, as we do, in the future of the opera genre."

Moreover, for Aviel Cahn, it makes a lovely farewell gift. At the end of this season, he will be heading for Geneva, where he will become the general director of Le grand théâtre de Genève.

A new book about his directorship at Opera Vlaanderen, Opera Out of the Box, was recently published by Stockmans Art Books.

Opera Vlaanderen is a welcome guest at the International Opera Awards. In the past, the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra have regularly been nominated and in 2014, the house won an Award for Best Wagner Anniversary Production with Parsifal by Richard Wagner in a production directed by Tatjana Gürbaca.

And there was more cause for celebration at Opera Vlaanderen. Set Designer Rebecca Ringst, who made the set of the opera Les Bienveillantes, which had its world premiere last week at Opera Vlaanderen, received the award for Best Designer. She has also previously designed Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Tannhäuser in Antwerp and Ghent.

The Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian won the Award for Best Female Singer. Asmik starred at Opera Vlaanderen in the lead roles in La Juive and Bluebeard's Castle. 

Opera Vlaanderen also wants to congratulate the Brno Janacek Festival for winning the Best Festival Award. Opera Vlaanderen was happy to be invited recently by the festival with the production of the Makropulos Case. 

The International Opera Awards, sponsored by Mazars, are organised by the respected magazine Opera and awarded by an international jury of journalists and professionals from the international opera world.
La Monnaie remporte un Opera Award dans la catégorie Best New Production pour 'De la Maison des Morts'
Les International Opera Awards 2019 étaient présentés hier au Sadler's Wells Theatre de Londres. La Monnaie a remporté un Opera Award dans la catégorie Best New Production avec la production Z mrtvého domu (De la Maison des Morts), coproduit avec la Royal Opera House Covent Garden et l’Opéra de Lyon.

Cette production, mise en scène par Krzysztof Warlikowski, était présentée à la Monnaie en novembre dernier. Le metteur en scène polonais reviendra d’ailleurs à Bruxelles la saison prochaine pour une nouvelle production des Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach).

Les Opera Awards, sorte d’Oscars du monde de l'opéra, récompensent les meilleurs artistes et les productions les plus novatrices de la scène internationale durant l’année précédente. Parmi une longue liste de centaine de nominations réalisées par des critiques, musiciens et lecteurs d’Opera Magazine, six nominés sont sélectionnés et ensuite évalués par un jury.

Le baryton français Stéphane Degout, habitué de la Monnaie, a été récompensé dans la catégorie Best Recording (Solo Recital) pour Enfers (Harmonia Mundi) ; et Katie Mitchell, qui mettra en scène Zauberland à la Monnaie la saison prochaine, a remporté le titre de Best Director.