Opera’s answer to the Oscars, the 2018 International Opera Awards sponsored by Mazars is a red-carpet ceremony honouring outstanding achievement on stage, backstage and in the pit, with awards including Singer of the Year, Opera Company of the Year and the annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards for Young Singer and Newcomer recognised emerging talent.
Directed by Ella Marchment, the evening will also feature performances by some of opera’s greatest names, accompanied by a live orchestra. Performers will be announced soon.
Austria is particularly well represented at this year’s awards with bass Günther Groissböck, designer Christof Hetzer, along with Oper Graz, the Salzburg Festival, the Landestheater Linz, and the Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik all among this year’s finalists.
2018 sees over 100 candidates in the running for twenty different awards. Shortlists have been whittled down by an expert jury, chaired by OperaMagazine editor John Allison, from thousands of nominations submitted by opera audiences and professionals worldwide.