The 2018 International Opera Awards sponsored by Mazars, and presented in association with BBC Radio 3 and Opera Magazine, took place last week at the London Coliseum. It was hosted by BBC presenter, Petroc Trelawny.
The awards featured world-renowned opera stars in live performance with orchestral accompaniment, stated a press release.
Founded by opera lover and philanthropist Harry Hyman, the awards celebrate established stars while also supporting the next generation of talent through its charity, the Opera Awards Foundation.
Representing ROHM at the International Opera Awards, H H Sayyid Kamil bin Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, assistant secretary general for the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, and member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Opera House Muscat, addressed the audience and ceremonially conferred the award to soprano Malin Byström for the Female Singer category sponsored by ROHM.
Sayyid Kamil commented, “It is an honour and privilege for the Royal Opera House Muscat to play a role in the magnificent International Opera Awards ceremony which celebrates excellence in all domains of opera. It is also in keeping with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s vision of the Royal Opera House as ‘playing a constructive role in the dialogue among civilisations…fostering ties of friendship and collaboration that…support the noble ideal of peace and understanding among all people’.
“The performing arts can play a significant role in contributing to world harmony as they are a powerful means of communicating across cultures.”
ROHM has a track record of supporting opera on a global scale, as for example in celebrating the bicentenaries of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner in 2013, paying tribute to Pavarotti in 2017, the tenth anniversary of his passing; and now, participating in the International Opera Awards.
BBC Radio 3 aired highlights from the awards ceremony in a special 90 minute programme on Sunday at 7.30pm.