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Ópera XXI Awards

Ópera XXI Awards

3rd Edition and the highlight of the Spanish opera calendar

Ópera XXI celebrates its 3rd edition live on OperaVision

For the third time, Ópera XXI is honouring the best artists, productions and projects of the Spanish opera world and OperaVision will stream it live for the second year in a row. To honour the cream of the Spanish opera crop, Ópera XXI - the association of 25 Spanish theatres, festivals and opera companies- will hold a gala on 11 September at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, to celebrate the winners.

Striving to enhance the visibility and the essential contribution of opera to Spanish society, the Ópera XXI Awards aim to assert the role of culture in our lives. On this occasion, it offers a touching tribute to all the artists, the public and the countless opera professionals who work tirelessly to make Spain a true cultural oasis and a point of reference in the world.

‘These have been an exhausting few months for all of us’, the president of Ópera XXI and Director of the Peralada Festival Oriol Aguilà recalls. ‘It is a source of pride to be part of a sector, of a cultural activity, that has been the admiration of the world for its ability to organise itself and move forward. We have never felt so useful and essential in our vocation of public function and service.’

Ópera XXI Awards

The Awards

  • Carlos Álvarez

The Best Singer Award goes to the baritone Carlos Álvarez (Málaga, 1966), for his interpretation of the role of Rodrigo in the Verdi opera Don Carlo at the Teatro Colón in September 2019, as part of the lyrical programme organised by the Friends of the Opera of A Coruña.

  • Carlos Chausson

The jury also awards a Special Mention in this section to bass-baritone Carlos Chausson (Zaragoza, 1950), for his interpretation of the leading role in the opera Don Pasquale at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville in October 2019.

  • Xabier Anduaga

The tenor Xabier Anduaga will receive the Best Young Singer Award for his brilliantly successful career, which, at the age of 26, has already established him as one of today's best performers with an outstanding national and international career.

  • Riccardo Frizza

The Best Music Director Award goes to Riccardo Frizza, for his work at the helm of the performances of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, at ABAO Bilbao Ópera (Palacio Euskalduna) in October 2019.

  • Robert Carsen

The Award for Best Stage Direction goes to Robert Carsen, for his proposals for the opera Elektra by Richard Strauss at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia in January 2020, and for his work at the Teatro Real for performances of Wagner's Die Walküre in February 2020.

  • Turandot, Gran Teatre del Liceu

The award for Best New Production goes to Turandot, Puccini, programmed by the Gran Teatre del Liceu in October 2019.

  • Zarza, Zarzuela Theatre Project

The Award for Best Initiative for the Promotion of Lyrical Opera goes to Proyecto Zarza, an artistic and outreach project created by the director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Daniel Bianco, with the aim of introducing young generations to Spain's lyrical heritage, bringing it closer to new audiences and opening the door to new generations of artists.

  • My Opera Player / Peralada Livestream Festival

The jury of the Ópera XXI Awards jointly awards the prize for Best Digital Initiative during lockdown to the My Opera Player platform, the video library platform of the Teatro Real, and the Peralada Livestream Festival.

  • Ola Award, in collaboration with Ópera Latinoamérica

The Award for Best New Latin American Production goes to the production of Rossini's L’italiana in Algeri, which was seen at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile in October 2019, with stage direction by Rodrigo Navarrete and musical direction by José Miguel Pérez-Sierra.

Honorary Awards

  • Emilio Sagi

The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honorary Personality Award, will be presented to stage director Emilio Sagi at the September gala, after celebrating forty years of career as a cultural manager and stage director.

  • Telefónica Company

The Telefónica company receives the award for Best Patronage Initiative for its commitment to supporting the seasons of different theatres, festivals, educational programmes and programmes for disseminating and bringing opera closer to the public, with special emphasis on its sensitivity in the work of audiovisual and digitalisation projects.  

  • Amics de S'ópera de Maó (Friends Of The Opera Of Maó)

The Honorary Prize is awarded to the Maó Opera Season, organised by the Menorcan association of Amics de s'Ópera de Maó (Friends of the Maó Opera). This award recognises the important task of promotion, encouragement and dissemination of opera of the Menorcan foundation during its 50 uninterrupted opera seasons.

Join us on Saturday 11 September live at 20:00 CET.