ETO wins double in whatsonstage.com opera awards

25th February 2013


English Touring Opera is delighted to have won two of the four awards in whatsonstage.com’s annual opera poll, one of the few opera awards chosen not by committee, but by the opera-going audience.

ETO won in the following categories: –

1 Best revival: Eugene Onegin

2 Most Outstanding Contribution to London’s Operatic Scene: for an innovative and eclectic Autumn season.

James Conway, General Director of English Touring Opera said: “I’m honoured English Touring Opera has been recognised by the readers of whatsonstage.com for these two awards. It’s particularly satisfying that both Eugene Onegin, part of our large-scale Spring tour, and the Britten, Ullmann and Maxwell Davies operas in our adventurous Autumn season, have struck a chord with the people who matter – the opera-going audience. With our new Spring tour opening at Hackney Empire on Saturday 2nd March, we hope we can bring as much enjoyment to audiences around the country in the upcoming year.”

Keith McDonnell, opera editor at whatsonstage.com added, “Once again the whatsonstage.com Opera Poll has caught the imagination of the opera going public, and all of us at whatsonstage.com were delighted to see that well over 1000 people voted in this year’s Poll. All the winners and runners-up more than deserve their accolades, and it’s heartening to see that the opera companies went out of their way, mostly through social media, to reach out to their audiences, and encourage the voting process.”

Many thanks to everyone who voted for us.

The other winners were: –
Most Outstanding Achievement in a Main Role: Sarah Connolly for Octavian in ENO’s revival of Der Rosenkavalier.

Best New Opera Production: Laurent Pelly’s Ravel Double Bill for Glyndebourne.

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