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Written on Skin and Les Troyens shortlisted for Classical Gramophone Awards 2014

Recordings by Jonas Kaufmann and Gerald Finley are also shortlisted.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

1 August 2014 at 10.29am | Comment on this article

A number of Royal Opera artists and Royal Opera recordings have been shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014. The awards, which have been running for 37 years, celebrate the best in recorded classical music.

The DVD release of Katie Mitchell's production of George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s award-winning Written on Skin, which had its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in March 2013, has been shortlisted in the Contemporary category. Minotaur composer Harrison Birtwistle's Moth Requiem is nominated in the same category.

David McVicar’s epic production of Les Troyens, conducted by Antonio Pappano and starring Bryan HymelEva-Maria Westbroek and Anna Caterina Antonacci, has been nominated in the Opera category.

In the Recital category, counter-tenor Bejun Mehta, who performed the role of The Boy in Written on Skin, has been shortlisted for his recording of The Rise of the Classical Opera.

In the Solo Vocal category, Jonas Kaufmann’s recording of Wintereisse has been shortlisted. The German tenor performed the work in recital at the Royal Opera House earlier this Season. Gerald Finley’s recording of the song cycle has been shortlisted in the same category.

Other shortlisted recordings include Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach, filmed at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013, nominated in the Opera category; and Bruckner’s Sympony No 9 performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by former Music Director of The Royal Opera Bernard Haitink, in the Orchestral category.

The winners for each of the eight categories, decided by a panel of Gramophone critics, will be announced online on 27 August. The awards will then be presented at a ceremony on 17 September, when the Recording of the Year will also be announced.

In the 2014/15 Season, Jonas Kaufmann will perform in David McVicar's new production of Andrea Chénier. Gerald Finley will sing the title role in Guillaume Tell

The Royal Opera House Online Shop stocks an extensive range of DVD, Blu-Ray and CD recordings.

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