Bayerische Staatsoper wins 2018 International Opera Award: Company of the Year

International Opera Awards 2018
International Opera Awards 2018

On Monday, April 9, the International Opera Awards – opera's equivalent to the Oscars – were given for the sixth time. The red-carpet award ceremony was held in London. The Bayerische Staatsoper won the title of Opera Company of the Year. The Bayerische Staatsoper had been nominated in three categories: Chorus, Opera Company and Opera Orchestra.

Nikolaus Bachler, General Manager of the Bayerische Staatsoper: "This award is a beautiful and honourable confirmation of our work at the Bayerische Staatsoper and encourages us to continue with our vision of contemporary music theatre."

The following artists and works, which are closely connected to our house, were also honoured:

  • Rediscovered Work: a trilogy of the composer Ernst Krenek, staged at Oper Frankfurt, including Der Diktator, a one-act opera, which our opera studio will perform on 13 April.
  • Male singer: Piotr Beczala, who last performed at Bayerische Staatsoper in Lucia di Lammermoor and will give a recital at the Munich Opera Festival in July.
  • Designer: Paul Steinberg, who designed the stage of the new production of Semiramide in 2017.

  • Reader's Award: Pretty Yende, who will sing in L'elisir d'amore in July and return next season as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski, who will be the next General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper from 2021 on.

The International Opera Award is an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world and awards extraordinary achievements in 20 categories. Judging of the International Opera Awards is carried out by a jury of industry professionals, and among the patrons are Dame Janet Baker, Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni and Dame Felicity Lott. The prize aims at raising the profile of opera as an art form and at generating funds to provide bursaries for aspiring talents from around the world.