The International Opera Award 2016 returned at Savoy Theatre in London on May 15. Opera stars and supporters gathered for an evening celebrating excellence in opera, as well as raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation – a trust which aims to help those at the start of their opera careers.
Ermonela Jaho won the Readers’ Award voted by the public. During her live performance, the Albanian soprano wore a radiant evening dress by Sherri Hill 1939. The illusion bodice has elegant cap sleeves and shines with a stunning array of sparkling sequin and crystal adornments. Slim fitting and made to enhance curves, this alluring ensemble glides to the full-length fishtail silhouette hem in luxurious flowing layers.
The winner of the CD Operatic Recital award was Ann Hallenberg with Agrippina. For this special occasion, the mezzo-soprano wore a gown created for her by costume designer-scenographer Mathias Clason. This dress has long illusion sleeves and bold sparkling stones throughout the fitted bodice; an asymmetric peplum adds a dash of excitement at the waist. Taffeta royal-blue long skirt ending in a long train.
Also performing at the ceremony, Anna Bonitatibus sang Garcia’s Già il perfido discese … from her acclaimed CD Semiramide – La Signora regale. The Italian mezzo wore a bead-embellished slip-dress by Jenny Packham: the straight skirt flows with a barely perceptible ripple to full-length;an all-over glimmer of beads casts a glowing aura.