Royal Opera Leads Nominations for Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

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The Royal Opera House dominated the nominations for the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, announced yesterday in London.

The awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on May 12, recognize live performances of classical music in the U.K.

The ROH received all three nominations in the singer category, for the performances of John Graham-Hall, Ben Heppner, and Janice Watson. Its music director, Antonio Pappano, was nominated in the conductor category. In the opera category, two of the three nominees were ROH productions: Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Thomas Ads' The Tempest.

The remaining nominee in the opera category was Opera North, for its Eight Little Greats festival. Vladimir Jurowski, music director of the Glyndebourne festival, and Sakari Oramo, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, were also nominated in the conductor category.

The Tempest was also nominated in the large-scale competition category, in which it will compete with the late Luciano Berio's Stanze and Guto Pryderi Puw's Reservoirs.

All three of the nominees in the instrumentalist category are non-Britons: French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Norwegian trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

In the ensemble category, the Britten Sinfonia, Hall_ Orchestra, and London Sinfonietta were nominated. Conductor Colin Davis, the Florestan Trio, and conductor Charles Mackerras were nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Listeners award.

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