International Opera Awards – Salzburg Festival’s NORMA wins in the category “Best New Production of 2013”
published in: Opera, General
|Helga Rabl-Stadler, Alexander Pereira, Photo: Jim Winslet|
Last year, the Salzburg Festival won in the category “Best Opera Festival”. Today this year’s award ceremony took place in London, and once again the Salzburg Festival was among the nominees: this time in the category “Best New Opera Production”. The international jury chaired by John Allison selected the Salzburg Whitsun Festival’s new production, Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA
with Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, as the “Best New Opera Production of 2013”. The International Opera Awards, also known as the “Opera Oscars”, were awarded in 21 categories altogether.
“Last year, the Salzburg Festival was voted best festival in the world. This year, despite notable competition from other opera houses, our Norma won the prize for best new production. To us, this award means recognition and encouragement in equal measures, and hopefully a good omen for the 2014 Whitsun Festival,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.
“I am proud and grateful that together with a wonderful team, we had the possibility to present a new vision of Bellini’s Norma in Salzburg. Its unique sound, based on a critical new edition of the score and produced by an orchestra playing on historical instruments, allowed the work to appear in a completely new light,” said Cecilia Bartoli, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.
“Cecilia Bartoli has the admirable courage to insist on quality and imagination. It is good to see that the extremely inspiring collaboration between the Salzburg Festival and her is receiving international attention. Today’s winners include the entire ensemble under the musical direction of Giovanni Antonini and the two stage directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier,” said Artistic Director Alexander Pereira about NORMA’s winning the title of Best New Production of 2013.
The International Opera Awards were founded by John Allison, editor of the opera magazine Opera, and the British businessman Harry Hyman. The jury includes the former Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Sir Peter Jonas, as well as the internationally renowned journalists Hugh Canning, George Loomis and Fiona Maddocks, among others.
Further information is available at http://www.operaawards.org/