Ukraine sweeps international opera awards

Ukraine sweeps international opera awards


norman lebrecht

November 29, 2022

The opera houses of Lviv and Odesa (pictured) were jointly named Company of the Year prize at last night’s International Opera Awards show in Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Are they the best opera houses in the world? Of course not. But no company has survived this year and continued to perform against more devastating odds.

‘We came from cities where streets are dark, but our souls are full of light … Our music now is buzzing with generators everywhere, but this is the music of our survival, of our life,’ said Odesa director Oksana Taranenko.

French soprano Sabine Devieilhe and baritone Stephane Degout won Female and Male Singer of the year. Daniele Rustioni took the Conductor medal, despite failing to win the top job at Covent Garden.


  • Servus says:

    Rustioni? How? Are people deaf? He was utterly unprepared and overwhelmed by the “Les Troyens” he did with us in Munich.

  • Sonicsinfonia says:

    Has the cold affected your typing fingers this morning, Norman? More typos that the Guarniad

  • Melisande says:

    Wouldn’t it be a token of respect to a great and unforgettable singer, viz. the honourable mezzo Dame Janet Baker, to mention that she has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award?

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    Bravo, Sabine!
    Je vous adore!