15 April 2014 at 4.34pm | Comment on this article
The shortlist for the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards has been announced.
The Royal Opera's Elektra has been nominated for the Opera and Music Theatre award. Charles Edwards's dark and dramatic production returned to Covent Garden in September 2014, receiving rave reviews from audiences and press alike.
Joyce DiDonato and Michael Volle have been nominated for the Singer award, for their performances in La donna del lago and Les Vêpres siciliennes respectively. Joyce returns to Covent Garden in The Royal Opera's new production of Maria Stuarda in July 2014.
George Benjamin has been nominated in the Large Scale Composition category for Written on Skin. The opera had its UK premiere at Covent Garden in March 2013, receiving rave reviews and leading to a forthcoming new opera from Benjamin and writer Martin Crimp in 2018. Barbara Hannigan is nominated in the Singer category.
The awards, which were set up in 1989 and are judged by a jury of eminent musicians, are the highest accolade for live classical music in the UK.
The winners will be announced on 13 May 2014 at a ceremony broadcast by BBC Radio 3.