Vladimir Jurowski took home the prize for Conductor of the Year at the 2018 International Opera Awards. The sixth annual ceremony took place on 9 April at the London Coliseum. The black-tie ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny.
Young Singer finalist bass-baritone Gordon Bintner performed for the audience with his fellow nominees Wallis Giunta and Anush Hovhannisyan.
Opera star bass-baritone Gerald Finley presented the Young Singer Award.
The awards are selected by an international jury chaired by Opera magazine editor and The Telegraph’s classical music critic John Allison.
Highlights from the awards will be broadcast in a special 90-minute programme on Sunday, 15 April at 21:15 on BBC Radio 3 and available on BBC iPlayer.
Vladimir Jurowski, who was recently named General Music Director Designate of the Bayerische Staatsoper (from the 2021/22 season), is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of both the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) and Artistic Director, “George Enescu” International Festival. He was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 2001 – 2013.
Highlights of his 2017/18 season and beyond include his debut with the Czech Philharmonic, and tours of major European cities with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He opens his first season with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Mahler’s Second symphony, and programmes across the season include a focus on the Second Viennese School, and Beethoven’s symphonies in Mahler’s performing arrangements. With the London Philharmonic he spearheads a series focusing on Stravinsky and his influences and contemporaries, and conducts performances of Enescu’s Oedipe (in London and at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest), Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and tours to Germany and Japan. Operatically, highlights include a return to the Opera National de Paris in the original 1869 version of Boris Godunov.
The Grand Prize Winner of the OSM Standard Life Competition (2011) and First Prize and People’s Choice Award recipient of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition (2012), Canadian Bass-Baritone Gordon Bintner appears internationally in a wide-range of operatic and concert repertoire.
His recent highlights include Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni with Opéra de Montréal and Festival de Beaune, Christus in Matthäus Passion with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Chorèbe in Les Troyens with Oper Frankfurt, Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia with Salzburger Festspiele.
For more information on the 2018 International Awards, please visit www.operaawards.org.