Bachtrack Opera Awards 2016 - The Results

Category: Best Production

Congratulations, Dutch National Opera, winner of the Best Production award for Stefan Herheim's terrific production of Pique Dame. Bachtrack's Mark Pullinger, a huge fan of Tchaikovsky's opera, was utterly bowled over by his trip to Amsterdam:

“Herheim's concept is superbly conceived and executed; he makes Tchaikovsky the star of his own opera.”

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It’s clear that Herheim’s production excited a lot of people who saw it in Amsterdam, whetting appetites for its 2019 transfer to Covent Garden. 

This completes the final round of the Bachtrack Opera Awards. Take a look down this page to see the other winners. Many thanks to everyone who voted and to the houses who supported it. We hope it promoted plenty of debate as well as celebrating the best in opera over the past year. Keep an eye out for likely contenders during the 2016-17 season! 

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Pelageya Kurennaya, Vladimir Stoyanov © Monika Forster | DNO
Pelageya Kurennaya, Vladimir Stoyanov
© Monika Forster | DNO
Category: Best Female Singer

Congratulations to Sabine Devieilhe, winner of the Best Female Singer award for her performance as Lakmé at the Opéra Grand d'Avignon in March. Bachtrack's Sebastien Herbecq was entranced:

“Sabine Devieilhe bewitched the hall... hanging on her lips, already won over, the audience was hushed to utter silence to miss nothing from this exceptional musician.”

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Category: Best Male Singer

Congratulations to René Pape, winner of the Best Male Singer award for his performance in the title role of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele at Bayerische Staatsoper in October. Bachtrack's Norman Schwarze wrote:

“Pape’s voice has volume to burn... he whistled, he sang, he made a thoroughly hellish spectacle with a clear voice and a smooth, somewhat restrained bass.”

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René Pape © C. Tandy
© C. Tandy
Category: Best Photograph

Congratulations to Monika Rittershaus, winner of the Best Production Photograph for her weird and wonderful image of Uwe Schönbeck in Barrie Kosky's Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Komische Oper Berlin.

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Uwe Schönbeck (Hoffmann) © Monika Rittershaus
Uwe Schönbeck (Hoffmann)
© Monika Rittershaus
Category: Best Chorus

Congratulations to the Hungarian State Opera Chorus, winner of the award for Best Chorus for their performance in Turandot. Bachtrack's Jenny Camilleri wrote:

“The chorus is, in fact, the motor behind the production’s visually fluidity. Informed by Japanese kabuki theatre, Mr Kovalik has them constantly moving in slick choreography, and while singing superbly to boot.”

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Hungarian State Opera © Attila Nagy
© Attila Nagy


Category: Best Conductor

Congratulations to Sir Simon Rattle, winner of the Best Conductor award for his performance of Tristan und Isolde in Baden-Baden in March. Bachtrack's Ako Imamura enthused about how the hours flew by:

“Under Sir Simon Rattle’s meticulous, expansive and unhurried direction, the strings played waves of lush melodies with every note clearly articulated... it was the conductor and his orchestra that received the most tumultuous ovation at the end of the evening.”

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Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
© Monika Rittershaus