International Explainer: What are the International Opera Awards?

Founded in 2012, the International Opera Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in opera around the world. 

The aims of the Awards are simple:

  • To raise the profile of opera as an art form.
  • To recognise and reward success in opera.
  • To generate funds to provide bursaries for aspiring talent in opera from around the world.

Over the last six years the International Opera Awards has raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation to support bursaries for almost 100 aspiring artists, including singers, directors, conductors, répétiteurs and accompanists.

Judging of the International Opera Awards is carried out by a jury of industry professionals headed by Opera editor John Allison.