The winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held at the London Coliseum and presented by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny. Congratulations to Louise Alder, who took home the award for Young Singer of the Year, and Thomas Adès, who won World Premiere of the Year for his opera The Exterminating Angel.
Louise – who will represent England at this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World – is currently performing the role of Gilda in Oper Frankfurt’s Rigoletto, with her next performance on 11 May.
The Exterminating Angel has recently had its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House with the composer conducting, and a stellar cast featuring Sir Thomas Allen as Roc, Frédéric Antoun as Raul, Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, Iestyn Davies as Francisco and Christine Rice as Blanca. The final performance takes place tonight, 8 May.
Winners were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.
Celebrating the best of the international opera world while raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, the evening, directed by Ella Marchment, was also a showcase for both current and emerging opera stars, with performances by Stuart Skelton, Female Singer of the Year finalists Anita Rachvelishvili and Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Young Singer of the Year Louise Alder, as well as Bryan Hymel, Lauren Fagan and 2014 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary recipient Rhian Lois.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast highlights from the ceremony in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday 21 May at 7.30pm.
Photo credit: The International Opera Awards