International Opera Awards

Annual Gala Ceremony

Watch live on OperaVision on 9 November at 19:00 CET.

Join us for the world’s leading celebration of excellence in opera, the International Opera Awards ceremony, taking place this year at the Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw. Here, on our stage, on 9 November 2023, we will learn the names of the winners of this year’s ‘Operatic Oscars’.

Founded in 2012 by Harry Hyman, the International Opera Awards are held by the Opera Awards Foundation. Their founding media partner is the UK’s Opera magazine considered ‘the bible of the industry’. The prestigious Awards are given in approximately 20 categories each year to recognise the best individual artists, companies, institutions and events of the past opera season and to raise funds for aspiring talents (since 2012 the Foundation has provided bursaries of around £500,000).

The 2023 Categories:
· Conductor
· Designer
· Director
· Equal Opportunities & Impact
· Female Singer
· Festival
· Leadership
· Lifetime Achievement
· Male Singer
· New Production
· Opera Company
· Philanthropy
· Readers’ Award (presented by Opera Magazine)
· Recording (Complete Opera)
· Recording (Solo Recital)
· Rediscovered Work
· Young Singer
· Sustainability
· World Premiere

It is worth noting on this occasion that past recipients include Waldemar Dąbrowski, General Manager of the Polish National Opera (Leadership), Mariusz Treliński, Artistic Director of the Polish National Opera (Best Director) and the Polish National Opera’s production of Władysław Żeleński’s Goplana (Best Rediscovered Work). 

The gala celebration will feature performances by excellent young singers: past winners and finalists of the Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw who are now enjoying thriving international careers, Juliana Grigoryan (Grand Prix, 2022), Gabriela Legun (Most Promising Polish Singer, 2022), Alejandro del Ángel (Third Prize, 2022), and Łukasz Goliński (Finalist, 2013), and recipients of this year’s Opera Awards whose names will be revealed at the last minute. The programme combines the most beautiful fragments from Moniuszko’s operas and gems of the international opera repertoire. Andriy Yurkevych conducts the soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Polish National Opera.

Last year, during the gala at Teatro Real Madrid, the Best Opera Company Award went to the Lviv National Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre jointly with the Odesa Opera & Ballet Theatre. This year’s gala will thus have a symbolic dimension manifesting itself in Ukrainian references in the programme.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind spectacular opera event that brings together the stars of today and tomorrow, prominent artists and leading critics, music lovers, trendsetters and all those who consider the art of opera the axis of their micro- and macrocosm.   

More information about the International Opera Awards.


Highland Dances
from Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka

Neala’a Aria Paria!… On Paria!
from Stanisław Moniuszko’s Paria
soloist: Gabriela Legun

Jontek’s Aria Szumią jodły na gór szczycie
from Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka
soloist: Alejandro del Ángel

Halka’s Aria Ha! Dzieciątko nam umiera
from Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka
soloist: Juliana Grigoryan

Sword-bearer’s Aria Kto z mych dziewek serce której
from Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor
soloist: Łukasz Goliński


Rusalka’s aria Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém
from Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka
soloist: Juliana Grigoryan

Corrado’s aria Ah! sì, ben dite…guerra… Tutto parea sorridere 
from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro
soloist: Alejandro del Ángel

Mykhailo Hurman’s aria Anno i hlianuty ne hochesz 
from Yuliy Meitus’s Stolen Happiness
soloist: Nazar Mykulyak

Mazurka from The Haunted Manor
Chorus and Orchestra of the Polish National Opera 




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