International Opera Awards Canadian Michael Levine Wins Designer of the Year

by | Nov 29, 2022 | Featured, News

On November 28, 2022, the 2022 International Opera Awards were presented at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.  Known as the “Oscars of Opera”, the awards aim to recognize and reward success, create scholarships for emerging talent and raise the profile of opera as an art form in its own right. This year’s jury, composed of opera professionals, was chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine. From a Canadian standpoint, we can be very proud of set designer extraordinaire, Michael Levine, for winning in the SET DESIGN category. Levine’s work is seen in all of the top opera houses internationally; next up for him is Turandot (De Nationale Opera Dec 2-30, 2022), Peter Grimes (Paris Opera Jan 23-Feb 24, 2023), and Madama Butterfly (Lithuanian Opera Jan 26-31, 2023).

A full list of winners is listed below. In honour of Levine’s win, here’s a scene from his iconic Eugene Onegin set featuring Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury:

2022 International Opera Awards Winners

Conductor of the Year

Daniele Rustioni

*video of him talking about his work at Opera Lyon in 2022/23

Designer of the Year

Michael Levine🇨🇦

*video of Levine’s set design of The Magic Flute at Paris Opera (another collaboration with Canadian director Robert Carsen)

Digital Opera of the Year

Upload (Dutch National Opera)

Director of the Year

Stefan Herheim

*video: excerpts from Herheim’s Ring

Equal Opportunities & Impact of the Year

Foundation Studio (Cape Town Opera)

Female Singer of the Year

Sabine Devieilhe

Festival of the Year

Santa Fe Opera

Male Singer of the Year

Stéphane Degout

New Production of the Year

Glyndebourne: La Voix humaine/Les Mamelles de Tirésias (d. Laurent Pelly)

Readers’ Award of the Year

Pene Pati

Recording (Complete Opera) of the Year

Offenbach: Le Voyage dans la lune (Choeur et Orchestre National Montpellier Occitane/Bru Zane)

Recording (Solo Recital) of the Year

Michael Spyres: Baritenor (Erato)

Rediscovered Work of the Year

Dallapiccola: Ulisse (Oper Frankfurt)

Rising Talent of the Year

Nardus Williams

Sustainability of the Year

Gothenburg Opera

World Premiere of the Year

The Time of our Singing (Kris Defoort/La Monnaie De Munt)



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