Glyndebourne sweeps the board as the winners of the 2013 What’s on Stage Opera Poll are announced

Glyndebourne sweeps the board as the winners of the 2013 What’s on Stage Opera Poll are announced

Glyndebourne opera house has swept the board in this year’s What’s on Stage opera poll, with award wins in the following categories:

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
Winner: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne Tour/Fiona Shaw).

BEST REVIVAL
Winner: Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival/Michael Grandage).

Over 15,000 members of the public voted to select their favourite operas in the third annual What’s on Stage Opera Poll. Glyndebourne was delighted to receive public recognition for both its Tour and Festival productions; the company has also been successful in several of the runner-up positions:

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION
Runner-up: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne/Jonathan Kent)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN A MAIN ROLE
Runner-up: Sarah Connolly (Medea/ENO & Hippolyte et Aricie/Glyndebourne)

BEST NEWCOMER TO THE UK OPERATIC SCENE
Runner-up: Ilyich Rivas (conductor, Hansel und Gretel for Glyndebourne Tour).

David Pickard, Glyndebourne’s general director said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Glyndebourne's two contributions to last year's Britten celebrations, 'Billy Budd' and 'The Rape of Lucretia', have won the best revival and best new production categories in the What’s on Stage Opera Poll.   It is a particular pleasure that the awards come from members of the public, reflecting the electric atmosphere in the theatre at each performance of these two great operas.”

Operas celebrating the 2013 centenary of Benjamin Britten dominated the awards, with Britten productions winning in three of the five categories. Glyndebourne secured more nominations than anyone else this year - seven - both for its summer Festival and for its autumn tour. 

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