27 April 2015 at 1.15pm | Comment on this article
A number of Royal Opera artists have won prizes at the Opera Awards 2015. The awards, now in their third year, celebrate excellence in opera and provide bursaries for emerging talent.
The Conductor of the Year award was presented to Semyon Bychkov. Bychkov – whose most recent engagement at Covent Garden was conducting Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (which itself won the Richard Strauss Anniversary Production Award) – returns in December 2015 to lead performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak won the Readers' Award. Kurzak is currently performing in Rossini's Il turco in Italia and will return to the Royal Opera House in Spring 2016 as Lucia in Katie Mitchell’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Former Jette Parker Young Artist Justina Gringyte was awarded Best Young Singer. The mezzo-soprano, a member of the Programme from 2011-2013, returns to the Royal Opera House in March 2016 to perform the role of Flora in La traviata.
The awards also highlight excellence behind the curtain with director Richard Jones winning Best Director and Es Devlin winning Best Design. Jones returns to Covent Garden in 2015/16 with a highly anticipated new production of Modest Musorgsky’s Boris Godonov alongside a revival of his acclaimed production of Il trittico, while Devlin's designs for Kasper Holten's production of Don Giovanni can be seen this summer on BP Big Screens around the UK on 3 July.
Other winners include Jonas Kaufmann (also receiving the Readers' Award), Anja Harteros (Female Singer) and the Welsh National Opera Chorus (Best Chorus). The Cardiff-based Company return to the Royal Opera House in July 2015 for the London premiere of Peter Pan.