Renata Scotto and Anna Netrebko among winners at 2017 International Opera Awards

Renata Scotto. Photo: Chris Christodoulou
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Winners of the 2017 International Opera Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the London Coliseum.

Among the awards’ recipients were Italian soprano and director Renata Scotto, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award, while Russian soprano Anna Netrebko won the female singer award and American tenor Lawrence Brownlee the male singer award.

Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour De Loin, directed by Canadian theatremaker Robert Lepage, won best new production.

Natalya Sats Children’s Opera Theatre in Moscow won an award for its education and outreach work, while Wexford Festival Opera was named best opera festival.

British soprano Louise Alder won the award for best young singer of the year.

The awards were set up in 2012 by Harry Hyman to reward success in opera and to raise its profile as an art form.

The International Opera Awards in full

Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Philippe Jordan

Klaus Grunberg

Christof Loy

Education and outreach
Natalya Sats Children’s Opera Theatre, Moscow

Female singer
Anna Netrebko

Wexford Festival Opera

Leadership in opera
Bernard Foccroulle

Lifetime achievement
Renata Scotto

Male singer
Lawrence Brownlee

New production
Saariaho: L’amour De Loin, directed by Robert Lepage (Metropolitan Opera)

Lorenzo Viotti (conductor)

Opera company
Opera de Lyon

Opera Magazine readers’ award
Juan Diego Florez


Recording (complete opera)
Pique Dame (BR Klassik)

Recording (solo recital)
Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony)

Rediscovered work
Zelenski: Goplana (Polish National Opera)

Special award in memoriam
Alberto Zedda

World premiere
Thomas Ades: The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival)

Young singer
Louise Alder