International Opera Award Nomination

3rd March 2016

English Touring Opera is honoured to have been nominated for two International Opera Awards in two categories: Accessibility and Rediscovered Work for its Spring 2015 production of Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo).

The jury was chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. The panel also included, among others, Joan Matabosch, Artistic Director of Teatro Real, Madrid, Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa, Sebastian Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, Hugh Canning, chief music critic for the The Sunday Times, George Hall, music and opera critic for Guardian and The Stage, and George Loomis, opera and classical music writer for Opera, International New York Times, The Financial Times and other publications.

These nominations are a recognition of ETO’s commitment to bringing the best quality opera to as many audiences as possible across the UK, and follow ETO’s Olivier Award win in 2014 for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for two other productions of rare works: Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Tippet’s King Priam.

Iqbal Kahn, who directed The Wild Man of the West Indies, said: “It was a privilege to be asked by James Conway [ETO’s General Director] to direct this compelling and neglected work. Donizetti, with Cardenio, has created one of the most intriguingly drawn roles for baritone, and, in the slave Kaidamà, has surely left us the first sympathetic portrait of a black man in opera, satiric and subversive. In my opinion it is a surprising, beautifully composed and dramaturgically complex masterwork”.

ETO continues its accessibility mission, touring three outstanding operas this season: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and the UK stage premiere of Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei. Alongside its main stage shows, ETO will also be touring two new operas written for children: the award-winning Laika the Spacedog (for children aged 7-11) and Dust Child, an opera composed for children with ASD and special educational needs.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on Sunday 15 May. To vote in the Readers’ Award please go to the International Opera Awards website


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