Grammy Awards nominees for Opera.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) yesterday announced the nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Monday 31 January 2022.
In the Best Opera Recording category, the award goes to the director, record producer and lead singers. Of the five nominations, two are for operas by living composers, the new version of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, released by Orange Mountain Music, and the new version of David T. Little’s opera Soldier Songs, an Opera Philadelphia Channel production produced exclusively for its television channel, directed by Corrado Rovaris.
• Glass: Akhnaten — Conductor: Karen Kamensek. Singers: J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James and Dísella Lárusdóttir. Producer: David Frost (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus).
• Little: Soldier Songs — Conductor: Corrado Rovaris. Singer: Johnathan McCullough. Producers: James Darrah and John Toia (The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra).
The other candidate opera recordings are for Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Leoš Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen and Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues Des Carmélites.
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle — Conductor: Susanna Mälkki. Singers: Mika Kares & Szilvia Vörös. Producer: Robert Suff (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra).
Janáček: Cunning Little Vixen — Conductor: Simon Rattle. Singers: Sophia Burgos, Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Peter Hoare, Anna Lapkovskaja, Paulina Malefane, Jan Martinik and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. Producer: Andrew Cornall (London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and LSO Discovery Voices)
Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmélites — Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Singers: Karen Cargill, Isabel Leonard, Karita Mattila, Erin Morley and Adrianne Pieczonka. Producer: David Frost (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)
© Photograph of “Akhnaten” downloaded from the website of the Metropolitan Opera of New York.