The Chorus of English National Opera, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and soprano Ermonela Jaho among Opera Award winners 2016

The chorus of troubled opera company, English National Opera, has been named best chorus at the International Opera Awards 2016 while Mariella Devia and Gregory Kunde were named best female and male singers

Opera Awards 2016 ceremony

English National Opera’s chorus, which recently cancelled a strike at the 11th hour over job losses and pay cuts, was nominated alongside the choruses of Glyndebourne, Komische Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, MusicAeterna and Opera Vlaanderen.

Mariella Devia fought off competition from the likes of Anna Netrebko and Anna Bonitatibus to win the Female Singer category. While tenor Gregory Kunde, who appears in the Royal Opera House’s production of Verdi's Il trovatore this summer, won the Male Singer award.

Soprano Ermonela Jaho, who recently received glowing reviews for her starring role in Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera House, won the Readers’ Award, voted for by the public.

The iconic mezzo-sropano Brigitte Fassbaender was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the ceremony she said: “Without opera, life would be boring.”

Gianandrea Noseda took away the conductor award while director Laurent Pelly was named best director and Glyndebourne won the title of Best Opera Festival. Dutch Nation Opera won the Opera Company award.

Here is the full list of winners:

The Opera Platform

CD (Complete Opera)
Donizetti: Les Martyrs, Opera Rara

CD (Operatic Recital)
Ann Hallenberg: Agrippina, DHM

English National Opera

Gianandrea Noseda

Vicki Mortimer

Laurent Pelly

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride (Staatsoper Berlin), Bel Air

Female Singer
Mariella Devia


Male Singer
Gregory Kunde

New Production
Britten: Peter Grimes, Theater an der Wien

Opera Company
Dutch National Opera

Readers’ Award
Ermonela Jaho

Rediscovered Work
Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon

World Premiere
Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera

Young Conductor
Giacomo Sagripanti

Young Director
Fabio Ceresa

Young Female Singer
Asmik Grigorian

Young Male Singer
Stanislas de Barbeyrac

Bill & Judy Bollinger
Christine Collins

Lifetime Achievement
Brigitte Fassbaender