THE INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The 2017 International Opera Awards sponsored by Mazars / In association with BBC Radio 3 and Opera Magazine
SUNDAY 7 MAY 2017 – The winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards were announced in a ceremony held for the first time at the London Coliseum and were once again hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny.
Winners were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. The coveted Opera Magazine Readers’ Award went to Juan Diego Flórez, with nearly 7000 votes cast online. Renata Scotto was at the ceremony to collect her Lifetime Achievement Award, with Lawrence Brownlee and Anna Netrebko taking the Male and Female Singer Awards respectively.
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 Brindley Sherratt, Bryan Hymel, Lauren Fagan and 2014 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary recipient Rhian Lois.
BBC Radio 3, which for the first time has partnered with the Awards, will broadcast highlights from the ceremony in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday 21 May at 7.30pm.
Founded by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman, the International Opera Awards exists not only to celebrate established stars, but to support the next generation of talent. The Awards raises money for the Opera Awards Foundation, a charity which provides bursaries to aspiring operatic talent around the world.