“Opera’s Oscars” for two Ukrainian theaters, at the International Opera Awards

The Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater share the award for the Best Opera House

Photo: The heads of the Lviv and Odesa opera houses receive the award. By Javier Del Real

The awards ceremony, created in 2012 and turned into a benchmark in the world of poetry, was held at the Teatro Real.

Two Ukrainian theatres, the Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, received the Best Opera Theater award at the International Opera Awards gala, which was held November 28 at the Teatro Real (which won the same award in the last year).

Oksana Taranenko, stage director of the Odesa National Opera, speaks after the International Opera Awards at Madrid Royal Theatre on November 28. Photos: Reuters

With this award International Opera Awards wanted to recognize the courage and resistance in continuing to be active despite the war situation in Ukraine. Although the invasion forced both theaters to close initially, both have recently reopened, staging world-class shows again. Those responsible for both stages received the award while listening to the audience’s standing ovation at the Teatro Real.

This is the first time that two opera companies have jointly received this award.

Odessa National Opera’s representatives Taranenko and Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, and Lviv National Opera’s representatives Vasyl Vovkun and Ostap Hromysh receive International Opera Awards
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Taranenko speaks on stage
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Ostap Hromysh, head of the international department of the Lviv National Opera, speaks during the ceremony
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