This week Dutch National Opera brings home two prestigious International Opera Awards.
The award for ‘Best World Premiere’ went to Alexander Raskatov’s Animal Farm, the opening production of the Opera Forward Festival 2023. Dutch National Opera also received the Opera Award for its efforts in sustainability.
Effort on sustainability
Bob Brandsen, Technical & Production Director at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, accepted the awards at the ceremony in Warsaw. During his acceptance speech, Brandsen said he saw the sustainability award as an encouragement for Dutch National Opera & Ballet’s efforts to become more sustainable. Here you can see all NOB’s sustainability efforts listed.
One of Dutch National Opera & Ballet’s steps was the development of the Green Deal – a document discussed with each creative team. The Green Deal will see its first effects at the Opera Forward Festival in March 2024, with the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s The Shell Trial, a new opera addressing the responsibility crisis around climate change.
International Opera Award
Since its inception in 2012, the International Opera Awards has been an annual event that recognises and celebrates excellence in the world of opera, awarding outstanding artists, productions and contributions to the art form. Judging for the International Opera Awards is done by a jury of international industry professionals led by John Allison, editor-in-chief of the British monthly magazine Opera.