Gregory Kunde wins “Best Male Singer” at the 2016 International Opera Awards, the world's most important opera prizes

2016-05-16
Gregory Kunde wins “Best Male Singer” at the 2016 International Opera Awards, the world's most important opera prizes

Last evening, Sunday May 15th, the award ceremony of the 2016 International Opera Awards, considered by many to be the most important in the world of opera, was held at London's Savoy Theatre. Gregory Kunde was honoured with the top prize in the category of male singers. The American tenor was nominated along with five other great singers in the opera world.

The International Opera Awards were created in 2012 with the idea of highlighting opera as an art form, of recognizing and rewarding the success of those involved in opera and of generating funds with which to make bursaries or grants available to young promises. Over the past three years, the International Opera Awards have taken in approximately 150,000 pounds for the Opera Awards Foundation and has awarded 36 grants. The International Opera Awards jury is comprised of professionals in the sector, headed by the music critic and publisher John Allison. For this year’s edition John Allison was joined by Joanna C.Lee, musicologist, contributor to Opera and Opera China, Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director of Teatro Real, Madrid, Evans Mirageas, Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, Annilese Miskimmon, Opera Director, General Manager and Artistic Director Danish National Opera, Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa, Sebastian Schwarz, outgoing deputy Artistic Director of Theater an der Wien and recently announced new General Director of Glyndebourne, and Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia. Also on the jury were Hugh Canning, chief music critic for the The Sunday Time, George Hall, music and opera critic for The Guardian and The Stage, George Loomis, opera and classical music writer for Opera, MusicalAmerica.com, the International New York Times and other publications and Erna Metdepenninghen, formerly of De Standaard, and a correspondent of Opera.

Gregory Kunde is one of the world’s most highly sought-after tenors. In recent months he has sung Otello, by Rossini, at La Scala in Milan, as well as Aida at the Verona Arena, Norma at the Liceu, La Fenice and the Munich Opera, and Il Trovatore at La Fenice and in A Coruña. He also performed the role of Roberto Devereux in Bilbao and in Madrid, opening Teatro Real’s current season. At the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville he recently performed Verdi’s Otello and not long ago he also sang Rossini’s Otello at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.  In January of this year he added the role of Samson to his repertoire, performing in the Samson et Dalila staged at Les Arts of Valencia. In April he also sang, on the same stage, the leading role of Idomeneo.
Among Gregory Kunde's upcoming engagements are Verdi's Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival, with James Conlon, Il Trovatore at London's Royal Opera House and Das Lied von der Erde, by Mahler, which is part of this year's BBC Proms. He will also be opening the coming season at Madrid's Teatro Real, heading the cast of Otello and performing shortly thereafter in Bellini’s Norma. After that he will return to the Royal Opera House to sing Il Trovatore and Verdi's Otello and also to ABAO, Bilbao, to sing the leading role in Andrea Chénier. Also, he will perform during the upcoming season at the Teatro Regio of Turin on two occasions, with Samson et Dalila and Manon Lescaut.