Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Mark Wigglesworth for Don Giovanni and Lulu (2017)
Official website Olivier

The Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Recipient Production
Glyndebourne Festival Opera Don Giovanni
English National Opera Toussaint
The Royal Opera The Ice Break
English National Opera Werther
English National Opera Enterprising Repertoire
Colin Davis The Conduction of The Royal Opera
The Royal Opera The Rake's Progress
The Royal Opera Die Zauberflote
English National Opera Manon
English National Opera The Adventures of Mr Brouček


Year Recipient Production
English National Opera Così fan tutte
English National Opera Julius Caesar
English National Opera The Turn of the Screw
Kent Opera The Turn of the Screw
The Royal Opera Les Contes D’Hoffman
Welsh National Opera Die Frau ohne Schatten
The Royal Opera Lulu
The Royal Opera Samson et Delilah
English National Opera Rigoletto
Kent Opera Agrippina
The Royal Opera Falstaff
Welsh National Opera I puritani
English National Opera Doktor Faust
Harrison Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus
Anne Evans The Ring Cycle
Kathryn Harries The Ring Cycle
Stephanos Lazaridis Doktor Faust and The Mikado
English National Opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District
Della Jones The Barber of Seville
The Kirov Opera Orchestra
Carlos Kleiber Otello
Mare McLaughlin Le Nozza di Figero
Eva Randova Jenůfa
Leontina Vaduva Manon
English National Opera The Magic Flute
English National Opera Billy Budd
English National Opera Hansel and Gretel
The Royal Opera Madama Butterfly
Welsh National Opera Falstaff
Komische Oper Berlin Orpheus and Eurydice
The Royal Opera Un re in ascolto
English National Opera Lear
The Garden Venture Survival Song
English National Opera The Love for Three Oranges


Year Recipient Production
Mark Elder Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Macbeth, Pelléas et Méllisande and Wozzeck
English National Opera Greek
Tim Albery Les Troyens
English National Opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
The Royal Opera The Cunning Little Vixen
Éva Marton Elektra
The Royal Opera Mitridate, re di Ponto
Harrison Birtwistle Gawain
Simon Boccanegra
English National Opera Figaro's Wedding
English National Opera Peter Grimes
The Garden Venture Out of Season and The Dancer Hotoke
Edward Downes The Fiery Angel and Stiffelio
Bernard Haitink Die Frau ohne Schatten
Philip Langridge Death in Venice
Júlia Várady Der Fliegende Hollander
English National Opera Orchestra Lohengrin and Inquest of Love
Paul Daniel and Opera North Gloriana
Charles Mackerras Tristan und Isolde
Ann Murray Ariodante
Roberto Alagna Roméo et Juliette
Tom Cairns King Priam
Music Theatre London La Traviata
John Tomlinson Das Rheingold and Die Walküre
Bernard Haitink Siegfried and Götterdämmerung
Jonathan Miller Carmen
Bryn Terfel Salome
John Tomlinson Billy Budd and Siegfried
Elgar Howarth Die Soldaten and The Prince of Homburg
Wolfgang Gobbel The Midsummer Marriage and Tristan und Isolde
Karita Mattila Don Carlos
Paul Daniel From the House of the Dead
Alan Opie Falstaff
Nikolaus Leloff, Tobias Moheisel, Bettina J Walker and Mark Henderson Palestrina
Francesco Zambello Paul Bunyan
Royal Opera House Orchestra Le Nozze Di Figaro, The Bartered Bride and The Golden Cockerel
Sandra Ford The Tales of Hoffmann and Mary Stuart
René Jacobs L'Orfeo
Andrew Shore Gianni Schicchi and The Elixir of Love


Year Recipient Production
English National Opera High Standard of Work
Kim Begley Parsifal
Rosemary Joshua Semele
Bryn Terfel Falstaff
Mark-Anthony Turnage and Amanda Holden The Silver Tassie
Gerald Finley The Silver Tassie
The Kirov Opera Season at the Royal Opera House
Stefanos Lazaridis The Greek Passion and English National Opera's Italian Season
Bernard Haitink Jenůfa and The Queen of Spades
English National Opera From Morning to Midnight, The Rake's Progress, The Rape of Lucretia and War and Peace
Karita Mattila Jenůfa and The Queen of Spades
David Sawer From Morning to Midnight
Antonio Pappano Ariadne auf Naxos and Wozzeck
Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu La Rondine
Lisa Saffer Lulu
Cristina Gallardo-Domas Madama Butterfly
Simon Keenlyside Hamlet and Die Zauberflote
Bejun Mehta Orlando
Felicity Palmer Elektra and Sweeney Todd
Thomas Adès and the Royal Opera House The Tempest
Ben Heppner Peter Grimes
John MacFarlane Peter Grimes and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Royal Opera House Orchestra Season in London
Simon Keenlyside 1984 and Billy Budd
Sarah Connolly La clemenza di Tito
David McVicar La clemenza di Tito
Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa Madama Butterfly
Amanda Roocroft Jenůfa
John Mark Ainsley Orfeo
Joyce DiDonato Hercules
John Tomlinson Götterdämmerung
Natalie Dessay La Fille Du Regiment
Gerald Finley Pelléas et Mélisande
Angelika Kirchschlager Pelléas et Mélisande
David McVicar The Turn of the Screw and Agrippina
Edward Gardner Boris Godunov, Cavalliera Rusticana, Der Rosenkavalier, I pagliacci, Riders to the Sea and Punch and Judy
Patricia Bardon The Rake's Progress, Partenope and Riders to the Sea
Feruccio Furlanetto Don Carlos
Christine Rice The Minotaur and Partenope


Year Recipient Production
Nina Stemme Tristan und Isolde
Anja Kampe Der Fliegende Holländer
Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes
Michael Volle Lulu and Tristan und Isolde
Christian Gerhaher Tannhäuser
Andrew Shore The Elixir of Love
Jonas Kaufmann Adriana Lecouvreur
English National Opera Season in London
Amanda Holden Castor et Pollux
Mark-Anthony Turnage Anna Nicole and Twice Through the Heart
Richard Jones Anna Nicole, Il trittico and The Tales of Hoffmann
Bryan Hymel Les Troyens, Robert le diable and Rusalka
Edward Gardner The Flying Dutchman and Billy Budd
Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera In the Locked Room and Ghost Patrol
English National Opera Stage Management
English Touring Opera King Priam and Paul Bunyan
Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez La donna del lago
Plácido Domingo Nabucco
Richard Jones Rodelinda, The Girl of the Golden West and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
The Chorus Moses und Aron
Jonas Kaufmann Andrea Chénier and Manon Lescaut
Roundhouse and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse L'Orfeo and L'Ormindo
English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Queen of Spades
Felicity Palmer The Queen of Spades
Antonio Pappano Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Guillaume Tell and Król Roger
Tamara Wilson The Force of Destiny
Mark Wigglesworth Don Giovanni and Lulu
Renée Fleming Der Rosenkavalier
Stuart Skelton Tristan and Isolde


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