My post about Anja Harteros from the beginning of 2014 has become very popular since then. I explained why I liked her. And now she has won the best female singer award at the Opera Awards, beating Joyce DiDonato, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili and Sonya Yoncheva, all fabulous singers. I love her work. Apparently she was a no show.
I also see that Anna Bonitatibus won for her album Semiramide.
Two Readers’ Awards were given, one female, Aleksandra Kurzak, and one male, Jonas Kaufmann. Just as I have the anyone but Duke tournament, perhaps we need an anyone but JK readers award. We love him. Is there more to say?
Here is the complete list.
Addendum. A fuss is being made about the fact that the three German winners--Christian Gerhaher, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros--did not show up. The voting for the Readers' Award was down to the wire. A commenter on Slipped Disc points out that awards often trim their list by awarding only to nominees who are willing to show up. So at least we know these were the actual winners. These people are busy.