Birmingham Opera Company’s critically acclaimed production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk has won the Royal Philharmonic Society ‘Opera and Music Theatre’ Award 2019.
The production, which ran for five sell out performances at the Tower Ballroom in March, was shortlisted for the award earlier this year, which recognises the Best Production staged in the last year.
Alpesh led a 78 strong City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a band of 14 undergraduate musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire through Shostakovich's darkly comic and controversial opera. The performances were directed by Birmingham Opera Company’s Artistic Director Graham Vick CBE in the iconic but now disused Tower Ballroom, grimily transformed by Banksy collaborators, Block 9.
A cast of international principals including mezzo soprano Chrystal E Williams as Katerina, the downtrodden housewife, Baltimore baritone, Eric Greene, as her tyrannical father in law and tenor Brenden Gunnell as her lover, supported by 150 volunteer actors and chorus members drawn from the local community, drew unanimous praise from audiences and critics.