The staging of The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, which won the award for best production of the year
The jury of the International Opera Awards 2013 considered that the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Nederlandse Opera and the La Scala of Milan co-production of the opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh was the year's best staging of an opera. The production premièred in Amsterdam last year and will be performed at the Liceu in April 2014. Dmitri Tcherniakov, stage director of the production, also won for best stage director. The winners were revealed on Monday at a ceremony held at London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane which was attended by stars including Dame Janet Baker, Dame Anne Evans and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who won for best male singer. The award for best female singer went to Nina Stemme.
Other winners included the musical director of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano, set designer Anthony McDonald, wardrobe designer Buji Shiff, lighting designer Paule Constable, the orchestra of the New York Metropolitan Opera, the chorus of the Cape Town Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Frankfurt Opera, the opera Written on Skin by George Benjamin, Sir Peter Moores, Sir George Christie and the arrangements of Handel's “Alessandro” conducted by George Petrou, the “Romantic Arias” by Christian Gerhaher and the DVD of “Il Trittico” by the Royal Opera House.
The first edition of the International Opera Awards was organised by Harry Hyman and the jury was chaired by John Allison, editor of the Opera journal. Jury members were David Gockley, director of the San Francisco Opera; Joan Matabosch, artistic director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Peter Alward, director of the Salzburg Easter Festival; Guus Mostart, director of the Enschede Opera; Nicholas Payne, director of Opera Europa; sopranos Anne Evans and Katherine Harris; and critics Hugh Canning (Sunday Times), Rupert Christiansen (Daily Telegraph) and Andrew Clements (The Guardian).