WE've been voted OPERA HOUSE OF THE YEAR AGAIN
and the 4th time under Bernd's Loebe's Intendanz!
»Female Singer of the Year« is Marlis Petersen, for the 4th time, for her extraordinary portrayals of Marietta/Marie in Korngold's Die tote Stadt at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Strauss' Salome at the Theater an der Wien.
»Singer of the Year« is the Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, for the title role Handel's Tolomeo at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, amongst other things.
»Director of the Year« is Tobias Kratzer, whose extraordinary take on Tannhäuser at the 2019 Bayreuth Festival was voted »Production of the Year«.
»Rediscovery of the Year«: Paul Dessau's Lanzelot in a very successful production, 50 years after its world premiere, at the Deutsche Nationaltheater in Weimar; directed by Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Dominik Beykirch.
There are two winners for »World Premiere of the Year«. Olga Neuwirth's setting of Virginia Woolf's Orlando at the Vienna State Opera and Hans Abrahamsen's version of Andersen's Snedronningen, which was performed in Danish at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen and then in English (asThe Snow Queen) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, whose orchestra was voted »Orchestra of the Year« for the 9th time, and their outgoing General Music Director Kirill Petrenko, together with Titus Engel, are »Conductors of the Year«.
»Set Designer of the Year« is Katrin Lea Tag (for the new Salome in Frankfurt and The Bassarids at the Komische Oper Berlin), »Costume Designer of the Year« is Achim Freyer (for his overpowering images in Enescu's Œdipe at the 2019 Salzburg Festival).
»Chorus of the Year« is the Staatsoper in Stuttgart's chorus, for the 13th time! »Book of the Year«: »Opernarbeit«, a collection of essays by the dramaturge Sergio Morabito. »CD of the Year« - Beethoven's «Leonore» with René Jacobs and the Freiburg Barockorchester.
Statement from Opernintendant Bernd Loebe
Day to day we are confronted with problems caused by the corona crisis: how far do restrictions imposed by necessary strict hygiene concepts infringe on what we do? How can the resulting loss of revenue from ticket sales be compensated for? Ought contracted guests travel here or must they go into quarantine before they are allowed into the building? These and many other problems crowd in on us at the moment and then an announcement is made that reconfirms what our work is all about. Our efforts to stage good productions at the highest possible musical level have borne fruit: Oper Frankfurt has been voted »Opera House of the Year« by critics from Opernwelt magazine for the 5th time, the 4th since I started being Intendant here.
Why? Until mid-March 2020 we were enjoying a successful season, with new productions including Puccinis Manon Lescaut directed by Àlex Ollé, Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth von Mzensk with our oustanding chorus under chorus master Tilman Michael, Fauré's Pénélope with Paula Murrihy in the title role and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with GMD Sebastian Weigle conducting »his« Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchesters.
When, on March 13, after the third performances of Barrie Kosky's incredible production of Strauss’ Salome lockdown arrived, we were all geared up for four new productions: a first in Frankfurt (Rossini's Bianca e Falliero), opera in concert (Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon), a world premiere (Lucia Ronchettis Inferno) and Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg. Most of these productions will be staged in a later season.
That we have received such an award for a drastically shortened season makes everybody working for the company, and me, very happy. It's an incentive to carry on what we have been trying to do since 2002.
Looking at other winners in Opernwelt's annual summing up there are of lot of names who have enjoyed success in Frankfurt in recent seasons: ourMerry Widow Marlis Petersen (»Female Singer of the Year«), Jakub Józef Orliński (»Singer of the Year«), Handel's Rinaldo in the Bockenheimer Depot, Tobias Kratzer (»Director of the Year«) with Meyerbeer's L’Africaine and Verdi's La forza del destino, Titus Engel (one of two »Conductors of the Year«) is a regular guest in Frankfurt and Katrin Lea Tag (»Set Designer of the Year«) ensured the staggering success of our new production of Salome.