Classic fm, 26th April 2015
By Elizabeth Davis
Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandra Kurzak and Richard Jones honoured at the Opera Awards 2015
Two of the biggest stars in the opera world – tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak – have been named the winners of the Readers’ Award at this year’s annual Opera Awards.

The conductor award went to Semyon Bychkov while the award for best new production was presented to Birmingham Opera Company for its performance of Mussorgsky’s Khovanskygate, directed by Graham Vick.

The awards, which are supported by Classic FM, were presented in a ceremony hosted by Richard E. Grant at The Savoy Theatre. The award for female singer was presented to soprano Anja Harteros and best male singer went to baritone Christian Gerhaher.

The star-studded ceremony included performances by Readers’ Award-winner Aleksandra Kurzak and Young Singer Award-winner, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte.

Designer Es Devlin, who recently created designs for productions of Don Giovanni and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House, was named best designer. Richard Jones, who recently directed The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at English National Opera, was named best director.

The award for best opera company was presented to Komische Oper Berlin.


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