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The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

10 June 2015 at 11.43am | Comment on this article

[Update Monday 15 June:  Aleksandra Kurzak has won the award for Best Female Singer for her performance as Fiorilla in The Royal Opera's Il turco in Italia.]

Voting is now underway for the Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015, run by the online guide to classical music, opera and dance. An audience poll opens for a different category each week with results published every Friday on until 31 July.

Bachtrack has chosen six nominees to make up each category from over four hundred productions they reviewed in the 2014/15 Season. Last week it was announced that Dresden Semperoper had won the first award in the series, for Best Staging in Axel Köhler's production of Der Freischütz. The Royal Opera’s new production of Król Roger directed by Kasper Holten with designs by Steffen Aarfing was among other nominees.

Voting is open this week for Best Female Singer 2015. Two singers have been nominated for their performances at the Royal Opera House this Season – Swedish soprano Nina Stemme for her role as Isolde in Christof Loy’s Tristan und Isolde and Aleksandra Kurzak for singing Fiorilla in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's playful production of Rossini’s Il turco in Italia.

Other nominees include Sandrine Piau, Diana Damrau and Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta in Zurich Opera’s La traviata, a role she is reprising at the Royal Opera House during the current run. Completing the line-up of leading female voices is Anna Netrebko for her performance in  Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

Anna Netrebko is currently singing the role of Mimì with The Royal Opera in John Copley’s production of La bohème. Tonight’s performance (Wednesday 10 June) will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide and to free BP Big Screens throughout the UK. Check here to find an outdoor screening near you or your closest cinema.

To cast your vote for Bachtrack’s Best Female Singer 2015, visit this page before the poll closes on 12 June. Results will be revealed on Friday and the next category will open for voting.

La traviata runs until 4 July 2015. Tickets are still available.

The production is generously supported by Rolex with generous philanthropic support from Dr and Mrs Michael West.

La bohème is relayed live to cinemas around the world and BP Big Screens in the UK on 10 June 2015. Find your nearest cinema or BP Big Screen.

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