Glyndebourne wins Festival of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards

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Glyndebourne has been awarded Festival of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards for the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival.

The award is the latest accolade for last summer’s programme, which has previously won the Achievement in Opera prize at the UK Theatre Awards and Outstanding Contribution to the UK Operatic Scene in the 2016 WhatsOnStage Opera poll.

The 2015 Festival, which ran from 21 May to 30 August, featured an ambitious programme of six diverse operas.

New productions saw the UK’s first professional staging of the rarely performed Donizetti opera Poliuto, Barrie Kosky’s award-winning production of Handel’s oratorio Saul, and a thought-provoking new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail by David McVicar.

Completing the season were revivals of Carmen, The Rape of Lucretia and a Ravel double bill from director Laurent Pelly, winner of Director of the Year.

Other winners include Vicki Mortimer, who won Designer of the Year and is responsible for designing David McVicar’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which opens the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival on 21 May.

Young Conductor of the Year was Giacomo Sagripanti, who will make his Glyndebourne debut at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival conducting Don Pasquale.

The winners of the 2016 International Opera Awards were announced last night (15 May) at a ceremony in London hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trewlawny.

Find a full list of winners here.