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Six nominations for Opera North in WhatsOnStage Opera Poll


The shortlist for the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2017 has been announced, and we're delighted to have been nominated no fewer than six times!

Six unforgettable cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen are acknowledged with nominations for Event of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role for our Brünnhilde, Kelly Cae HoganRichard Farnes, whose conducting of the Ring was the crowning achievement of 12 years as Opera North's Music Director, is nominated for his Outstanding Contribution to UK Opera. The return of David McVicar's glittering Der Rosenkavalier this Autumn, conducted by Aleksandar Markovic, is in the running for Best Opera Revival, and we're thrilled that director Annabel Arden and tenor Rafael Rojas are recognised for their work on Andrea Chénier, and both will be with us again for Turandot in Spring of 2017.

You can click on each link below to read the review from the Whatsonstage archive and refresh your memories, then vote for your favourites. Voting closes at 23:59 on 31 December, and the results will be announced on on 4 January 2017. You can enter once only, so be sure to cast your votes at a single visit! 

Event of the Year: The Ring Cycle, 'overwhelming, sprawling and sensational'

Outstanding Contribution to UK Opera: Richard Farnes, 'an undervalued musical hero'

Best New Opera Production: Annabel Arden (Andrea Chénier) - 'Arden's detailed direction is a revelation'

Best Opera Revival: Der Rosenkavalier - ​'Elaine Tyler-Hall has done an impeccable job'

Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role: Rafael Rojas (Andrea Chénier'gives the show its triumphant figurehead'

Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role: Kelly Cae Hogan (The Ring Cycle) 'makes you giddy with her technical brilliance'

Opera North’s production of Wagner’s 
Richard Farnes conducts Opera North’s production of Wagner’s 
Das Rheingold.
Kelly Cae Hogan as Brünnhilde in Opera North’s production of Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Credit: Clive Barda

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Comment from David Maxwell Anderson


David Maxwell Anderson said ago

I travelled to Nottingham to see Chenier and was stunned by the singing of the entire Company and particularly by Signor Rojas, and also by the production. It is wonderful that Opera North continues to 'punch above its weight' artistically. May it go on from strength to strength.

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