Opera North's innovative concert staging of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen has scooped another prestigious accolade, winning the opera category at the 2017 South Bank Sky Arts Awards.
The eagerly-anticipated awards are held annually to celebrate the best of culture in the UK with the categories covering all aspects of the arts including Comedy, Classical Music, Dance, Film, Literature, Opera, Pop Music, Theatre, TV Drama and Visual Arts. Opera North's concert staging of the Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen was nominated for this year's Opera Award alongside the Royal Opera House's production of 4.48 Psychosis and Glyndebourne Youth Opera's Nothing.
The Sky Arts Awards originated in 1997, in association with the South Bank Show, and have rapidly become a highlight in the British arts calendar. Writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has hosted them every year since their inception.
This year's ceremony was held at The Savoy Hotel in London with Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North, accepting the Opera Award on behalf of the Company. The 2017 trophies were each individually designed by Joe Hill and Samantha Scrase Dickins and featured a hand-painted 3-D image to reflect the award category.
Despite the horror of recent events, these awards show what great shape the arts are in. They prove the power and vibrancy of our country and place the UK at the centre of the arts world. The arts have defied gravity in this country for decades, and now they are more powerful and welcome than ever.
— Melvyn Bragg
Opera North's performances of all four Ring cycle operas — Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung — are available to watch on BBC iPlayer for another month. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony will be broadcast in full on Sky Arts on Wednesday at 8pm.
Photo credit: Clive Barda