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8 Photos: Chris Christodoulou. INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2018 AT THE LONDON COLISEUM The sixth International Opera Awards took place on Monday evening at the London Coliseum. The 2018 winners were announced at the black-tie ceremony, hosted for the third year running by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny. International Opera Awards founder Harry Hyman. With over one hundred finalists representing six continents and thirty countries, the winners of the Opera Awards – opera’s equivalent to the Oscars – were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. This year the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza who gave her heartfelt thanks to the International Opera Awards: ‘It is with great emotion that I receive this priceless prize on behalf of an entire generation - those still amongst us and those who’ve left us – hoping we’ve accomplished our mission, and now leaving the spotlight for you all. Many, many thanks.’ The award for Female Singer went to Swedish soprano Malin Byström, whilst Polish tenor Piotr Beczała was awarded the Male Singer award. The coveted Readers’ Award went to Pretty Yende, last year’s winner for Solo Recital Recording, who received more than 10,000 votes online. Further award winners include Vladimir Jurowski (Conductor), Mariusz Treliński (Director), Bayerische Staatsoper (Opera Company), Festival Verdi Parma (Festival), Teatro Real’s production of Billy Budd (New Production), Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (World Premiere), Opera Holland Park (Education and Outreach) and Annette Campbell-White (Philanthropy). Celebrating the best of the international opera world while raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, the evening was also a showcase for both current and emerging opera stars, with live performances by international singers Anne Sophie Duprels, Brindley Sherratt, Toby Spence and Camilla Tilling, as well as three Young Singer finalists Gordon Bintner, Wallis Giunta and Anush Hovhannisyan. Founded in 2012 by businessman and philanthropist Harry Hyman, the International Opera Awards exists not only to celebrate established stars, but to support the next generation of talent. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Photo: Jim Winslet. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

SOUND, IMAGE, MOVEMENT – THE COMMONWEALTH! The Purcell School for young musicians’ flagship Sound, Image, Movement show is being taken on the road for the first time, and will be performed at St James’s Piccadilly at 19.30 on 20 April. The concert will feature spectacularly talented young Commonwealth musicians and composers from The Purcell School, string players from Muson in Nigeria, Lorraine Lionheart & her ensemble from Botswana, the Anglo Indian singer Gayatri Nair (as featured in The Voice on ITV), celebrated young guitarist Billy Watman, and ‘Drumming for Peace’ including more than 50 drummers from all over the Commonwealth. There will also be World Premieres from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Principal Composer, Josh Mock; winner of the 2018 Royal Opera House Fanfare Competition, Manish Sanga; and Musician in Residence at the world-renowned Purcell School of Music, Carol Jones. This is just one of many fantastic musical events to mark the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this April. The Commonwealth Resounds! promotes music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with a particular focus on young people and the developing world. Thousands of musicians have been involved in life-changing projects and gala performances including the opening of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s brand-new auditorium in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, as part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Official Dinner for the 53 Heads of Government in Sri Lanka and at the Official Launch of the Prince's Trust in Malta. Commonwealth Resounds! musicians have also given regular appearances at the Commonwealth Observance Day services at Westminster Abbey and at Commonwealth Forums Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Uganda, Perth and Sri Lanka. St James’s Church is a short walk from Piccadilly Circus station, which is on the Piccadilly line. For tickets, telephone 020 7734 4511. 9 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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