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International Opera Awards hail ex-director Speight Jenkins

Speight Jenkins, the former general director of Seattle Opera, has won the lifetime achievement prize at the International Opera Awards.

They were held at a London ceremony hosted by actor Richard E Grant.

The best female singer award sent to Anja Harteros and Christian Gerhaher won best male, while Semyon Bychkov was awarded the best conductor prize.

The evening also raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, which supports those starting their opera careers.

The ceremony, held at the Savoy Theatre, included live performances from readers' award winner Alexandra Kurzak and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, her co-star in the the Royal Opera House's production of Il Turco in Italia.

Here is the list of winners in full:


Den Norske Opera

CD (Complete Opera)

Offenbach: Fantasio, Opera Rara

CD (Operatic Recital)

Anna Bonitatibus: Semiramide: La Signora Regale, deutsche harmonia mundi


Welsh National Opera


Semyon Bychkov


Es Devlin


Richard Jones


Strauss: Elektra, Bel Air Classiques

Female Singer

Anja Harteros


Bregenzer Festspiele

Lifetime Achievement

Speight Jenkins

Male Singer

Christian Gerhaher


Lotte de Beer

New Production

Khovanskygate, Birmingham Opera Company

Opera Company

Komische Oper Berlin


Ann Ziff (Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation)

Readers' Award

Jonas Kaufmann

Aleksandra Kurzak

Rediscovered Work

Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira, Rossini Opera Festival

Richard Strauss Anniversary Production

Die Frau ohne Schatten, Royal Opera

World Premiere

Boesmans: Au Monde, La Monnaie

Young Singer

Justina Gringyte

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