Sir George Christie awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the first Opera Awards
Sir George Christie, former Chairman of Glyndebourne, is to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at tonight’s (22 April) inaugural Opera Awards.
The award recognises Sir George’s immense contribution to the art form through his life-long involvement with Glyndebourne. Sir George is the son of Glyndebourne founder, John Christie, and grew up at Glyndebourne before becoming Chairman in 1958, a position he held for 41 years. During that time, Sir George oversaw two of the most significant developments to take place at Glyndebourne since the organisation was founded in 1934 – the creation of Glyndebourne Tour and the building of the new opera house. Both of these developments helped to enable more people to experience Glyndebourne. Sir George was succeeded as Chairman by his son, Gus Christie in 2000.
The Opera Awards seek to celebrate the diversity of opera as an art form, offering 23 different categories of from Best Conductor, Male Singer, Female Singer and Director, to Lighting, costume and set design, to Philanthropist, Chorus and Lifetime Achievement. All the winners will be announced tonight at a ceremony to be held in London.
The announcement of Sir George’s win was made this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Listen again to part of the interview here.