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April 23, 2013

Cape Town Opera chorus wins Chorus of the Year Award at International Opera Awards

The Cape Town Opera chorus, seen here with chorus master Albert Horne, has won the International Opera Awards' Best Opera Chorus Award. Photo courtesy of Lesley Liddle

Cape Town, the musical Mother City, is big on talent, big on culture and now, big on opera winners too! Our gifted Cape Town Opera chorus won the Best Opera Chorus Award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London on Monday 22 April, 2013.

Hosted at a glamorous ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, the Opera Awards reward excellence in 21 operatic categories and showcase the very best singers, directors, conductors, set and costume designers, newcomers and philanthropists.

Cape Town Opera, which is based at the Mother City’s impressive Artscape Theatre on the Foreshore, was chosen as the Best Opera Chorus winner by a distinguished international jury, headed by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine, known in the industry as “the bible of the opera world, beating 1 500 nominees from 41 different countries to the punch.

Allison, who presented the award to Cape Town Opera managing director Michael Williams, commended Cape Town Opera in his announcement speech “for its energy and exciting commitment, which never fails to communicate itself to an audience and shows again why a chorus can be the backbone of any company”.

Williams says: “More than 700 people attended and the list of opera celebs was as long as the red carpet laid out. This was a climax to all the hard work of the company, particularly the chorus, last year. Albert Horne (chorus master), you are to be congratulated on your leadership and musical ability. And to all the members of the chorus in Porgy & Bess, Mandela Trilogy, the Sheldonian Chorus Concert, the Porgy & Bess Concert in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the concert tour to Melbourne, Australia – well done!! This award belongs to you!!”

Other prizewinners at the Opera Awards ceremony included the Frankfurt Opera (Opera Company of the Year), The Metropolitan Opera Company (Orchestra of the Year), Jonas Kauffmann (Best Male Singer) and Nina Stemme (Best Female Singer).

“We are truly honoured and extremely happy,” says Horne. “It is amazing to be recognised on an International level, with such esteemed prize-winners. I am truly the proudest chorus master in the world right now!”

This prestigious international award follows closely on the heels of the Cape Town Opera’s successful win as the Overall Winner for Compliance with Grant Funding Agreement in the Arts category at the NLDTF Indaba Gala and Inaugural Awards ceremony, held in Johannesburg on Thursday 18 April, 2013.

For more information about the Cape Town Opera and its upcoming performances, please visit www.capetownopera.co.za.

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