Friday, June 5, 2009

Toronto's Dora nominations announced

The nominations for Toronto's Dora awards were announced this week and the opera category is, as in previous years, a bit of a David and Goliath story (from a budgetary, not artistic perspective). Of the five nominees in each of the two opera specific categories, the COC managed 4 out of 5 nods in both Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance.

War and Peace Canadian Opera Company / English National Opera
Simon Boccanegra Canadian Opera Company presents Royal Opera
Sanctuary Song Tapestry and Theatre Direct in partnership with Luminato
Rusalka Canadian Opera Company presents Theater Erfurt
Fidelio Canadian Opera Company / L'Opéra national du rhin / Staatstheatre Nürnberg

Mikhail Agafonov War and Peace
Paolo Gavanelli Simon Boccanegra
Inês Santos Inês
Adrianne Pieczonka Fidelio
Laura Claycomb A Midsummer Night's Dream

No real surprise there but I'm left wondering about Tapestry's Opera To Go which takes nominations in both Outstanding Music Direction (Wayne Strongman) and 3 out of the 5 noms in the New Musical/Opera category leaving me to wonder why it was left out of the Outstanding Production category, particularly given that all four of the COC's entries into the category are co-productions with (mostly) major European houses. I'm a little conflicted by it, to be sure. The COC's nominated productions were all fantastic, but I have a significant soft spot for pure local productions I guess. The issue, for opera anyway, is that the Dora rules require a production to have a minimum run of four performances, making most of the opera in the city (which tend to run 1-3 performances) ineligible. Regardless: Congrats to all of the nominees! Everyone of them deserve the recognition.

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