2019: Opera and Music Theatre

Supported by Sir Simon and Victoria, Lady Robey OBE

For an outstanding production that opened, or for the overall accomplishments of a company or individual in opera and music theatre, between January 2018 and June 2019.

Lady Macbeth of Mtensk (Birmingham Opera Company)

Panel citation: Another sensational production from Birmingham Opera Company embracing and embedding its community in world-class work. This is the kind of thing we all wish we were doing – a model to us all in being ambitious and truly going for it. It delivers the pure drama and emotional punch of opera without gimmicks – the audience feels right inside it, and it proves how resonant, inclusive and exciting opera is.

Also shortlisted:


This year's Opera and Music Theatre Award was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

  • Anna Patalong, soprano, founder of SWAP'ra
  • Ashutosh Khandekar, Editor, Opera Now
  • Daisy Evans, director
  • Emily Gottlieb, Chief Executive, National Opera Studio
  • Fiona Maddocks, writer

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