31 March 2015 at 11.11pm | Comment on this article
The Opera Machine, a unique multi-camera view of the theatrical process behind staging a performance, and Claus Guth’s production of Strauss’s exotic fairytale Die Frau ohne Schatten, have been shortlisted in for awards in the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.
The Opera Machine has been nominated in the Creative Communications category, alongside Fiona Maddock's book 'Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks' and Graham Johnson's 'Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs'.
Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife, Hubert Francis as Hunchback Brother, Adrian Clarke as One-Eyed Brother, Jeremy White as One-Armed Brother and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014
The awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom. Decided by an independent expert panel, they honour performers, composers, programmers and communicators, as well as inspirational education and outreach work.
Other nominations include Andris Nelsons, whose recently conducted The Royal Opera's Der fliegende Holländer and John Eliot Gardiner [Le nozze di Figaro], both nominated in the Conductor category. Nina Stemme, most recently on the Covent Garden stage as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, has been nominated in the Singer Category, while Mary Bevan has been nominated in the Young Singers category.
Winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 May, with a special RPS Music Awards programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 11 May at 7.30pm.