25 April 2013
South Africa’s Cape Town Opera beat 1 500 nominees from 41 countries to win the best opera chorus award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London on Monday.
Presenting the award during a ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel, Opera magazine editor John Allison praised Cape Town Opera “for its energy and exciting commitment, which never fails to communicate itself to an audience and shows again why a chorus can be the backbone of any company”.
Cape Town Opera managing director Michael Williams said in a statement afterwards that the award was “a climax to all the hard work of the company, particularly the chorus, last year.
“Albert Horne (chorus master), you are to be congratulated on your leadership and musical ability. And to all the members of the chorus in Porgy & Bess, Mandela Trilogy, the Sheldonian Chorus Concert, the Porgy & Bess Concert in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the concert tour to Melbourne, Australia – well done. This award belongs to you.”
Other prizewinners at the inaugural awards included the Frankfurt Opera (opera company of the Year), New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company (orchestra of the year), Jonas Kauffmann (best male singer) and Nina Stemme (best female singer).