Mortier "dedicated his life to bringing originality to opera
and worked at three of the world's major operatic institutions,
La Monnaie (Brussels), the Salzburg Festival and Opera National
de Paris", said a statement issued by the award organizers after
a ceremony on Monday night.
German soprano Diana Damrau and Australian tenor Stuart Skelton
were chosen as best opera singers of the year while Oper Zurich
was named as the world's best opera company.
The annual summer opera at Aix-en-Provence in southern France
won the Festival Opera of the Year category while the Salzburg
Festival in Austria got the nod for a new production for its
staging of Bellini's "Norma".
The Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland won in the category of
rediscovered opera for its production of Jacopo Foroni's
"Cristina, regina di Svezia" while a staging of Andre
Tchaikowsky's new work "The Merchant of Venice" by the Bregenz
Festival in Austria won for the category of opera premiere.
A production of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" staged on the
beach at Aldeburgh, eastern England, where the opera takes place
was chosen as Britten Anniversary Production of the Year.
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja won the readers' award, voted for
by readers of Opera Magazine which co-sponsors the opera prizes
along with businessman Harry Hyman, while American mezzo-soprano
Jamie Barton was chosen young singer of the year.
(Writing by Michael Roddy; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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