Poles honoured at the Opera Awards 2019

Dąbrowski and Warlikowski are among the laureates of the International Opera Awards, opera’s answer to the Oscars, announced at a gala event at Sadler’s Wells on 29 April.

Krzysztof Warlikowski Waldemar Dąbrowski, general manager of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, took the Good Governance Award for Leadership in Opera, and Krzysztof Warlikowski won the New Production Award for his „From the House of the Dead” staged at the Royal Opera House.

Under the leadership of Waldemar Dąbrowski, Poland’s National Opera is raising its profile globally with bold adaptations of the classics and international coproductions. „We are proud of our collaborations with leading international opera houses and our passion for classical as well as contemporary pieces”, said Dąbrowski.

Janáček’s „From the House of the Dead” marks Warlikowski’s debut at Covent Garden, and is his first production to be seen in the UK. His staging was desribed as a „mightily impressive achievement”, even though probably not the safest choice for a first date.

The Opera Awards, first established in 2013, honour outstanding achievement on stage, backstage and in the pit. The winners of the International Opera Awards are selected by a jury of international experts in twenty different categories. Previous editions saw awards granted to Poles – Mariusz Treliński, Piotr Beczała and Aleksandra Kurzak.