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Monday, December 24, 2007

The Big Conch Awards 2007

My quick end of year commendations, strictly off-the-cuff:

Best Orchestral Performance: Boston Symphony Orchestra, "The Damnation of Faust" at Carnegie Hall.

Best Opera Performance: "Il Trittico" at the Met.




Diva of the Year: Deborah Voigt

Divo of the Year: Salvatore Licitra

Best Opera Recording: Due to the sad state of the music industry, we're skipping this category for '07. How about instead--best opera recording made in the last ten years that I actually spent money on: "Ariadne auf Naxos", conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Best Opera Reissue: The Del Monaco/Tebaldi "La Forza del Destino", runner up "Das Wunder der Heliane" by Korngold, finally reissued.

Best Classical Box Set: Schubert sacred music, cond. Wolfgang Sawallisch, The Operas of Janacek, cond. Sir Charles Mackerras

Best Opera DVD: "Lohengrin" from Baden-Baden conducted by Kent Nagano.

Favorite opera moment of '07: Placido Domingo appears on the Simpsons

Much missed: Beverly Sills, Luciano Pavarotti

Deborah Voigt is proud to accept this giant conch!
Photo © Nick Heavican/Metropolitan Opera from DeborahVoigt.com
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.