Theater Dortmund / Oper! Awards
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For the first time outside Berlin and for the first time on OperaVision, we bring you Germany’s Opera Oscars live from Oper Dortmund.

Germany is the country with the highest number of opera houses in the world; nowhere else are more operas and operettas performed every year. The OPER! AWARDS are Germany’s only international opera prize, presented annually during a gala to the best creatives of the international opera scene, working on or behind the stage. As detailed below, the awards are presented across 20 categories by a jury of music journalists.


Best female singer
Lisette Oropesa
Best male singer
Michael Volle
Best opera company
Oper Dortmund
Best conductor
Gianandrea Noseda
Best director
Claus Guth
Best orchestra
Berliner Philharmoniker for 'Queen of Spades'
Best choir
Slovak Philharmonic Choir for 'Queen of Spades'
Best world premiere
'Eurydice - Die Liebenden blind' Manfred Trojahn - Dutch National Opera
Best production
‘Die Teufel Von Loudun’ Penderecki - Bayerische Staatsoper
Best stage designer
Ulrich Rasche for ‘Elektra’ - Grand Théâtre de Genève
Best costume designer
Ersan Mondtag and Annika Lu for 'Antikrist' at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Best solo album
Jonathan Tetelman: 'Arias'
Best opera recording
‘Robert le Diable’ Meyerbeer - Palazetto Bru Zane
Best newcomer
Konstantin Krimmel
Best rediscovery
'FOKUS '33' - Oper Bonn
Best festival
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Honorary / lifetime achievement
René Jacobs
Outstanding Engagement
Oksana Lyniv
Best sustainability initiative
Musiktheater im Revier & Theater Regensburg


Dr. Ulrich Ruhnke
Chair of the OPER! AWARDS and the OPER! AWARDS Jury
Manuel Brug
Dr. Eleonore Büning
Uwe Friedrich
Dr. Kai Luehrs-Kaiser
Stephan Schwarz-Peters
Franziska Stürz
Christian Wildhagen
Björn Woll