16 March 2012 at 5.45pm | Comment on this article
Ekaterina Siurina as Lauretta and Lucio Gallo as Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011
The Royal Opera House will host the 36th Olivier Awards, the UK’s highest stage honours, for the first time ever at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday 15 April 2012. The award ceremony will feature selection of specially created performances relayed live on big screens in Covent Garden.
In the opera categories, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Jones are nominated; Turnage his composition of Anna Nicole for The Royal Opera and Twice Through The Heart for Sadler's Wells, and Jones for his direction of Anna Nicole, Il Trittico and The Tales of Hoffman for ENO. James MacMillan's Clemency for ROH2 is also nominated in the Best New Opera category.
The work of The Royal Ballet is present in two categories. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland's design team and Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson for his performance in The Metamorphosis are both nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award. The Metamorphosis has also been nominated for Best New Dance Production.
Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason is to be presented with a special award in recognition of her influential career in the arts prior to her retirement this summer.
The awards will be broadcast via BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 2.