Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral

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Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral
Awarded forquality classical opera or choral performances
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded1959

The Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance - Operatic or Choral was awarded in 1959. The equivalent award, Best Classical Performance - Opera Cast or Choral was awarded in 1960. Since 1962 the award has been divided into separate awards for opera and choral performances. See Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1959 Roger Wagner (choir director) & the Roger Wagner Chorale Virtuoso
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos – Barber: Vanessa
  • Erich Leinsdorf – Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi – Rossini: Barber of Seville
  • Dom David Nicholson - Victoria: Requiem Mass

1959 Erich Leinsdorf (conductor) & the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloists: Lisa Della Casa, Rosalind Elias, George London, Roberta Peters, Giorgio Tozzi
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus (solos: Peter, Valetti, Merrill, Tozzi) - Rossini: The Barber of Seville
  • Fausto Cleva conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (solos: Stevens, Del Monago) - Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah
  • Richard Condie conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - The Beloved Choruses
  • Fernando Previtali conducting the Accademia de Santa Cecilia, Rome, Orchestra and Chorus (solos: Milanov, Tozzi) - Verdi: La Forza del Destino



  1. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1959 (May) - Grammy Award Winners 1959 (May)". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1959 - Grammy Award Winners 1959". Retrieved May 5, 2017.