The Royal Theater of Madrid has risen as the best opera theater in the world at the International Opera Awards 2020, the so-called Opera Oscars, which have been awarded this Monday in a virtual ceremony in which the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena and the Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga have also been awarded.
The distinction of the Madrid operatic coliseum with the grand prize of the evening compensates for the three other categories in which it was empty, as the one with the best orchestra, which finally went to the titular group of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, or the one with the best DVD recording.
There was no luck either for the composer Raquel García Tomás, National Music Prize 2020, which aspired to the award in the category of ‘world premiere’ for that of ‘Je Suis Narcissite’ at the Royal Theater. This went to ‘Oceane’, by the German Detlev Glanert, whose stage director, Canadian Robert Carsen, has become another of the great winners of the night by also winning the “director of the year” award.
Also featured as the best new production of the year was ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’, by Rimsky-Korsakov, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov for the Belgian La Monnaie De Munt, as well as the New York Metropolitan Opera Choir and the Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko, who becomes the first to win this award twice.
Among the performers, the Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen has emerged victorious In the female category and, in the male category, the Mexican Javier Camarena, who has dedicated the award to ‘the entire artistic community’ for his commitment in a year as complicated as 2020.
With a draw, they have been distinguished as ‘best young singer’ both Russian mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Basque tenor Xabier Anduaga, 25 years old, which will participate in the opera ‘Viva la Mamma’ by Gaetano Donizetti that will premiere at the Teatro Real on June 2. Another Spanish name, the Castell de Peralada Festival, has not been able to win the award for the best festival, which went to Salzburg on the 99th anniversary of the emblematic Austrian event.
The ‘Education and Improvement’ award, which distinguishes companies that extend the opera social reach and manages to involve a growing community, it has been for the Birmingham Opera, for their immersive montage of ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’. It is there that the British conductor Alpesh Chauhan performs his work, who has been singled out as the best emerging value, in the same way that the Polish Małgorzata Szczęśniak has been for his designs in the ‘Salomé’ of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and ‘ Hoffmann ‘for the Belgian La Monnaie De Munt.
‘Paria’, by Stanislaw Moniuszko, with a production by Graham Vick represented by the Poznan Opera, in Poland, has been considered the best work of the year from a rediscovered work. In the recording section, the DVD of ‘Hamlet’ by Thomas at the Opéra Comique in Paris and the recital by Jakuyb Józef Orlinski for ‘Facce d’amore’ have won awards. American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton received the only award voted by readers of Opera magazine that awards these awards, while the Martina Arroyo Foundation was honored for her philanthropic work and the Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink received the honorary award.
Finally, the British David Pountney (for his work leading the National Orchestra of Wales and at the Bregenz Festival) and the American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for their work to help and guide the work of other artists.