Russian Art and Culture offers to its readers 2 free tickets for International Opera Awards evening   sponsored by Mazars. Please, see the details below *.

The International Opera Awards is an annual evening held at the London Coliseum, where each year opera singers, conductors, directors and sponsors from all over the world gather to celebrate the world of opera and raise money for the Opera Awards Foundation which supports developing talent in the opera world.

This year’s event takes place on Monday 9 April 2018 and will as always be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny. The ceremony will be directed by Ella Marchment. As in previous years the evening will feature live performances from internationally renowned singers accompanied by an orchestra. Past performances have been given by Anna Bonitatibus, Lawrence Brownlee, Bryan Hymel, Ermonela Jaho, Aleksandra Kurzak and Stuart Skelton. Once again BBC Radio 3 is partnered with the International Opera Awards and will broadcast highlights from the awards ceremony in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday 15 April at 7.30pm.

These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph: “It’s gratifying to see how the International Opera Awards just keep growing. With a record number of nominations to consider, and our biggest and most international jury yet, I’m delighted to say that our exciting shortlists—covering six continents and around 30 countries—reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the art form. Despite the challenges faced by opera companies almost everywhere, opera is vibrantly alive.”

The finalists have been selected for their achievements over the 2017 calendar year. In addition to the 18 categories listed, the winners of the awards for Philanthropist, Lifetime Achievement, and Leadership will be announced at a later date. All categories except for the Readers’ Award (the only vote open to the general public) are decided on by the jury. Category sponsors at this year’s Awards include the Good Governance Institute, The Vineyard, the Royal Opera House Muscat and Charles Heidsieck champagne. The Awards are supported by Nexus Group.

The International Opera Awards were created by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman. Since the first awards ceremony in 2013 the evening has not only celebrated established stars, but also supported the next generation of talent. The Awards raise money for the Opera Awards Foundation, a charity that provides bursaries to aspiring operatic talent around the world.

And here is a video, which gives a flavour of the last year’s awards evening.

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Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Komische Oper, Berlin

La Fenice, Venice

MusicAeterna, Perm

San Francisco Opera

Teatro Real, Madrid




Marc Albrecht

Daniele Gatti

Vladimir Jurowski

Fabio Luisi

Kazushi Ono

Simone Young



Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Bayreuth Festival

Deutsche Oper, Berlin

Lyric Opera of Chicago

MusicAeterna, Perm

Teatro alla Scala, Milan



Aigul Akhmetshina

Liparit Avetisyan

Gordon Bintner

Amartuvshin Enkhbat

Lauren Fagan

Wallis Giunta

Anush Hovhannisyan

Isabella Lee

Federica Lombardi

Natalya Romaniw


2018 Jury

Michael Ajzenstadt Artistic Administrator, Israeli Opera

John Allison Editor, Opera; classical music critic, The Daily Telegraph

Nicolas Blanmont Chief classical music critic, La Libre Belgique; correspondent for Opera (Belgium, France and Switzerland); opera critic for RTBF Musiq3

Aviel Cahn Intendant, Opera Vlaanderen; General Director designate of Le Grand Théâtre de Genève

Hugh Canning Chief classical music critic, The Sunday Times; member of Opera‘s editorial board

James Clutton Director of Opera, Opera Holland Park

Waldemar Dąbrowski General Manager of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Neil Fisher Deputy Arts Editor, The Times

Lindy Hume Opera director; Artistic Director, Opera Queensland; Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania’s state-wide arts festival)

Joanna C. Lee Correspondent for Opera (China)

George Loomis Correspondent for Opera (USA),, The Financial Times

Max Loppert Correspondent for Opera (Italy)

Fiona Maddocks Chief Classical Music Critic; The Observer; member of Opera’s editorial board

Njabulo Madlala Baritone; Artistic and Executive Director, Voices of South Africa

Anne Midgette Chief classical music critic, The Washington Post

Barbara Minghetti Artistic Director, Macerata Opera Festival

Evans Mirageas Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera; Vice President of Artistic Planning at The Atlanta Symphony

Annilese Miskimmon Opera director; Director of Opera of Den Norske Opera and Ballet

Nicholas Payne Director, Opera Europa

Wiebke Roloff Contributor, Opernwelt

Christina Scheppelmann Artistic Director General, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Sebastian F. Schwarz Founder and jury chair of the Glyndebourne Cup

Ken Smith Critic, The Financial Times; correspondent for Opera (China); commentator, RTHK Radio 4

Victoria Stapells Correspondent for Opera (Spain); contributor, Opera Canada

Birgitta Svendén CEO & Artistic Director, Royal Swedish Opera

James C. Taylor Correspondent for Opera (USA)

Lyndon Terracini Artistic Director of Opera Australia

Thomas Yaksic Consultant for Theatre Projects (Chile)


  • Date: 09 April 2018
  • London Coliseum London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES
  • Tickets: £10- £150
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