Opera-tunity knocks: Poland gets THREE nominations at prestigious int. opera awards

The International Opera Awards were founded in 2012 by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman. International Opera Awards

Two Polish directors and a composer have been nominated for the 2019 International Opera awards.

Krzysztof Warlikowski is up for ‘Director’ for his staging of Leos Janacek’s opera ‘From the House of the Dead’ at the Royal Opera House in London.

The performance has also been nominated in the category of ‘New Production.’

The 56-year-old Warlikowski is one of the most prominent Polish and European theatre directors of his generation and a winner of numerous international awards. 

The 56-year-old Krzysztof Warlikowski who has been nominated in the category of ‘Director’ is one of the most prominent Polish and European theatre directors of his generation and a winner of numerous international awards. Rafał Guz/PAP

He is well known for his new way of staging Shakespeare and a new interpretation of Greek tragedies, as well as modern authors. 

Warlikowski's theatre productions have been presented at the most prestigious festivals in Avignon, Madrid, Edinburgh, Vienna, New York, Athens and Chile and his operas at the greatest opera houses in Europe, including Brussels, Paris and Munich.

British opera director David Pountney, who recently received Polish citizenship, has also been nominated in the "Director" category.

The 71-year-old C.B.E who has done much to promote Polish composers and operas over the years is currently the head of the Welsh National Opera. 

British opera director David Pountney, 71, who recently received Polish citizenship, has also been nominated in the PAP/EPA

His productions include Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger (2009), Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger (2010), and Andrzej Czajkowski’s The Merchant of Venice at the Bregenz Festival in 2013. 

In 2015 he directed Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor at the National Opera in Warsaw, and in 2013, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Polish Order of Merit for promoting Polish culture abroad. 

Composer Ignacy Paderewski’s "Manru", directed by Marek Weiss and coproduced by the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the Wielki Theater in Poznań, west-central Poland, has been nominated in the category of "rediscovered work."

Ignacy Paderewski’s 'Manru' has been nominated in the category of 'rediscovered work.'PAP

The International Opera Awards were founded in 2012 by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman. They are given by an international jury consisting of twenty-eight music critics and patrons of the arts. The chairman of the jury is John Allison, editor-in-chief of "Opera" magazine. 

Last year, the International Opera Awards were given to two Poles - opera singer Piotr Beczała and stage director Mariusz Treliński.

The winners will be announced on April 29.