Thursday, October 1, 2015

Opernwelt Critics' Survey 2015: The result is out!

Some may care and some may call it a bullshit: The magazine Opernwelt announced the result of their critics' survey to sum up the season 2014/2015. The awards are considered quite important, especially in Germany, where most of the opera productions are "judged". The survey sums up the results gathered from around 50 professional critics in Germany and Europe. With the results sometimes considered as bias and unfair by some, I personally find the award quite representing the good and the best of the past season.
Drum rolls, please.

Opera House(s) of The Year:  Nationaltheater Mannheim und an der Oper Frankfurt

 World Premiere of The Year: Lucia Ronchetti's Esame di mezzanotte (Nationaltheater Mannheim)

 Rediscovery of The Year: Niccolò Jommelli's Berenike, Königin von Armenien/Il Vologeso (Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Production of The Year: Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz (Director: Andrea Breth / Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Director of The Year: Hans Neuenfels (Manon Lescaut / Bayerische Staasoper Munich and Ariadne auf Naxos / Staatsoper Berlin)

Stage of The Year: Philipp Stölzl (Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci / Salzburg Easter Festival 2015) 

 Male Singer of The Year: Georg Nigl (Title role in Jakob Lenz / Staatsoper Stuttgart)

 Female Singer of The Year: Marlis Petersen (Title role in Lulu / Bayerische Staatsoper)

Newcomer of The Year:  Elena Sancho Pereg (as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos / Rheinoper Düsseldorf/ Duisburg)

 Conductor of The Year: Kirill Petrenko (2 years in a row)

Orchestra of The Year: Bayerisches Staatsorchester (2 years in a row)

Chorus of The Year: Chorus of Komische Oper Berlin (on Schoenberg's Aaron & Moses)

CD of The Year: W. A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Conductor: Theodor Currentzis / Label: Sony Classical)

Book of The Year: Christian Gerhaher / Vera Baue "Halb Worte sind’s, halb Melodie" (Henschel/Bärenreiter)

Nuisance of The Year: the chain of intrigues in Bayreuth this past summer.

Opernwelt official site offers a short essay and past reviews to the winners of each category.

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