Bluebeard's Castle - Theatre of Sound and Opera Ventures

2023: Opera and Music Theatre

supported by Jenny Hodgson

For an outstanding production or initiative, presented digitally or for a live audience, or for the overall accomplishments of a company or individual in opera and music theatre in the UK.

Bluebeard's Castle - Theatre of Sound and Opera Ventures

'Bluebeard's Castle – reinvented by Theatre of Sound and Opera Ventures – was a must-see miracle of a production. Reimagined as the story of a loving couple shattered by dementia, it unlocked new relevance and relatability in Bartók’s masterwork. An ensemble tour de force – featuring Susan Bullock, Gerald Finley and the London Sinfonietta – it radiated huge emotion in an intimate setting. It’s a reminder of opera’s power to speak to modern times.'

Also shortlisted:

    The 2023 shortlist for Opera and Music Theatre was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

    Armin Zanner, Interim Director of Music & Head of Vocal Studies, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
    Emily Gottlieb, Chief Executive, National Opera Studio
    Henrietta Bredin, Deputy Editor, Opera Magazine
    Peter Brathwaite, Baritone
    Stuart MacRae, Composer