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International Opera Awards announce Finalists 2018

MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018 – The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph: “It’s gratifying to see how the International Opera Awards just keep growing. With a record number of nominations to consider, and our biggest and most international jury yet, I’m delighted to say that our exciting shortlists—covering six continents and around 30 countries—reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the art form. Despite the challenges faced by opera companies almost everywhere, opera is vibrantly alive.”

The 2018 International Opera Awards, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny for the third year running, will take place on Monday 9 April at the London Coliseum. The ceremony will be directed by Ella Marchment. As in previous years the evening will feature live performances from internationally renowned singers accompanied by an orchestra. Past performances have been given by Anna Bonitatibus, Lawrence Brownlee, Bryan Hymel, Ermonela Jaho, Aleksandra Kurzak and Stuart Skelton. Once again BBC Radio 3 is partnered with the International Opera Awards and will broadcast highlights from the awards ceremony in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday 15 April at 9.15pm.

> detailed press release with a list of all finalists (in German)

> Readers’ Award voting page (deadline Friday 9 March)

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