Many congratulations to Soprano Natalya Romaniw and Bass-baritone Simon Bailey who have won the 2018 Wales Theatre Awards under the categories of “best female/best male in an opera production”.

Both singers were nominated for performances at Welsh National Opera this season; Romaniw as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Bailey as Shishkov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead.

The Wales Theatre Awards celebrate excellence in theatre, opera and dance. There are specific categories for each genre and where relevant in English and Welsh. The awards are chosen by a wide range of arts critics working across the media in Wales.

Winners were announced on Saturday 27th January.  All three opera awards were won by Welsh National Opera. Simon Bailey flew in from Frankfurt to pick up his award for Best Male in an Opera Production for Janacek’s From the House of the Dead. WNO director Matthew Holmquist accepted the award for Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé. Swansea-born soprano Natalya Romaniw sent a video message from Brno in the Czech Republic where she is performing Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, thanking the critics for naming her Best Female in an Opera Production for her role singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, also by Tchaikovsky. The award was received by her mother.

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