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3 March 2016, 11:16
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
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
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride (Staatsoper Berlin), Bel Air
Britten: Peter Grimes, Theater an der Wien
Dutch National Opera
Offenbach: Le Roi Carotte, Opéra de Lyon
Jennifer Higdon: Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera
Young Female Singer
Young Male Singer
Stanislas de Barbeyrac
Bill & Judy Bollinger