course also postponed, and though the shortlists here hark back to a happier, more carefree time before Covid-19, the artists and organizations we celebrate remain those we turn to for inspiration as the operatic industry starts to rebuild. This online gala will bring things up to date by also acknowledging the great resilience shown during a mostly dark year by enterprising artists and imaginative administrators—all of whom believe in the transformative power of opera.
After an incredibly tough period of disruption, this is a moment for the operatic world to come together, and we’re happy that the online format allows people to join in from everywhere in the world. The format may have changed but you’ll still witness exciting performances and see the winning artists, all presented by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny. What hasn’t changed are the charitable aims of the awards, and your support will help artists in need and secure the future of opera. John Allison
John Allison (chair) Editor, opera, UK David Agler conductor, Canada Michael Ajzenstadt artistic administrator, Israeli Opera Shirley Apthorp founder of Umculo, South Africa; critic, Germany Xavier Cester critic, Spain James Clutton CEO, Opera Holland Park, UK Mihai Cosma musicologist, Romania Serge Dorny incoming Intendant, Bayerische Staatsoper Umberto Fanni director general, Royal Opera House Muscat Irina Gerasimova artistic director, Russian State TV and Radio Music Centre Jane Glover conductor, UK Polly Graham artistic director, Longborough Festival Opera, UK George Hall critic, UK Brenda Hurley head of opera, Royal Academy of Music, UK
Deborah Jones critic, Australia François Jongen critic, Belgium Robert Körner casting director, Vienna Staatsoper Julia Lagahuzère director general, Opera for Peace, Paris Aleksander Laskowski critic, Poland Joanna Lee journalist, China/ USA George Loomis critic, USA Max Loppert critic, Italy Fiona Maddocks critic, UK Njabulo Madlala baritone; executive director, Voices of South Africa Joan Matabosch artistic director, Teatro Real, Madrid Erna Metdepenninghen critic, Belgium Christoph Meyer Intendant, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Barbara Minghetti artistic director, Macerata Opera Festival, Italy Evans Mirageas artistic director, Cincinnati Opera
Annilese Miskimmon artistic director, English National Opera Alexander Neef director, Opéra de Paris Eleonora Pacetti director, Young Artist Programme, Opera di Roma Nicholas Payne director, Opera Europa, UK Anna Picard consultant, Opera Holland Park; critic, UK Christina Scheppelmann general director, Seattle Opera Valery Serkin artist manager, Austria Matthew Shilvock general director, San Francisco Opera Ken Smith critic, China/USA Victoria Stapells critic, Spain Birgitta Svendén artistic director, Royal Swedish Opera James C. Taylor critic, USA Lyndon Terracini artistic director, Opera Australia Thomas Yaksic consultant, Chile Junko Yoshida critic, Japan Francesca Zambello artistic director, Glimmerglass and Washington National Opera
Opera, May 2021