|Christopher Johnstone: Model singer|
HOTTEST BARIHUNK PHOTO OF 2011 (RUNNER UP) - NICHOLAS NELSON
|Nicholas Nelson: Singer or Abercombie & Fitch model?|
BEST STUDIO RECORDING - HENK NEVEN
|Henk Neven: Best baritone studio CD of the year|
BEST TREND - LIVING AMERICAN COMPOSERS
|Daniel Okulitch, Randal Turner & David Adam Moore|
BEST NEWCOMERS - PHILIPPE SLY and DOMINIK KöNINGER
|PHILIPPE SLY and DOMINIK KöNINGER|
In a year where baritones won almost every vocal competition, German barihunk Dominik Köninger took the top prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. His seamless phrasing and beauty of tone instantly became the talk of European impresarios and critics.
BEST NUDE SCENE - CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN IN "JUAN"
|Christopher Maltman in Juan|
BEST AND WORST OPERAS OF THE YEAR
BEST - HYDROGEN JUKEBOX IN FT. WORTH
WORST - GRISELDA IN SANTA FE
|Dan Kempson & Justin Hopkins|
The Ft. Worth Opera Festival continues to establish itself as a mandatory summer stop for any serious opera fan. This year's production of Phillip Glass' "Hydrogen Jukebox" was the surprise hit of the year. Directed by the Lawrence Edelson and featuring barihunks Dan Kempson and Justin Hopkins (who often appeared only in boxers), the production made an excellent case for this opera entering the standard repertory.
|Gronk working on the Griselda sets|
BEST AND WORST DIRECTORS
BEST: JOHN DE LOS SANTOS
WORST: MICHAEL GRANDAGE
|John de los Santos and Michael Grandage|
We've always had great respect for Michael Grandage as an actor and for much of his theatrical work. However, he needs to stay away from the opera house. He is the antithesis of everything that this site stands for, which is making opera accessible and interesting to modern audiences, as well as making it sexy when appropriate. He took all of the sexual tension out of Britten's "Billy Budd" at Glyndebourne and then mounted what the Guardian called a "disastrously dull" Don Giovanni at the Met. Two operas that thrive on sexual tension were basically emasculated by Grandage.
BEST BARIHUNK FEAST - MINNESOTA OPERA'S "SILENT NIGHT"
BEST BARIHUNK WEDDING - ZACH ALTMAN & DAN KEMPSON
|Zach Altman & Dan Kempson|
YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD AWARD - NATHAN GUNN
|Nathan Gunn as Tarquinius in Vienna|
HAVE A GREAT 2012!!!