Poles among winners of prestigious International Opera Awards

Warlikowski was awarded for a new production of Leos Janacek's opera From the House of the Dead, staged at London's Royal Opera House. Rafał Guz/PAP

The director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera Waldemar Dąbrowski and a renowned Polish stage director Krzysztof Warlikowski have won the International Opera Awards, known as "Opera Oscars".

The awards were handed out to the winners at a ceremony held at the London Sadler's Wells Theatre on Monday.

Dąbrowski received a prestigious honorary award for his entire output and a good governance award for leadership in opera. In recent years, this award was granted to the former director of the La Monnaie theatre in Brussels, Bernard Foccroulle and the general director of the Frankfurt Opera Bernd Loebe.

In the past, the 67-year-old Polish culture manager was a co-founder and director of the student club Riviera-Remont, and co-founder of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. In 1990 he was the deputy minister of culture and art. In 1998 he became the general director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, and in 2002-2005 he was the Minister of Culture. He resumed the leadership of the Teatr Wielki in 2008.

The 56-year-old Warlikowski was awarded for a new production of Leos Janacek's opera From the House of the Dead, staged at London's Royal Opera House.

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, Mariusz Treliński, a Polish film, opera and theatre director, took the best director award and Polish tenor Piotr Beczała was also awarded as best male singer.