Wexford Festival Opera receive four nominations in the ‘Oscars of Opera’
In what is now considered The Oscars of the Opera World, Wexford Festival Opera received and impressive four nominations in the 2nd annual International Opera Awards announced yesterday at a press conference at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
For the second year in succession, Wexford was shortlisted in the Best Festival category alongside Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and the Rossini festival in Pesaro. In addition, Wexford Festival Opera was also nominated in the categories of Best Chorus, along with The Met and Bayreuth and Best Re-discovered work for Cristina, regina de Svezia. Australian Soprano Helena Dix, who sang the title role of Cristina, was also nominated in the Best Young Singer category, based on her critically acclaimed performance in Wexford last October.
Upon receiving news of the numerous nominations, Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera, Ger Lawlor said, “2013 was a vintage year at Wexford and these nominations confirm that. We are delighted that the International reputation of the festival under the stewardship of David Agler, our Artistic Director, continues to flourish and has been recognised by these prestigious awards. We are ever grateful to The Arts Council for their continued support.”
The winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony on Monday, 7 April, 2014 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. For a complete list of nominations visit www.operaawards.co.uk or #operawards