About us

Mission

The Onegin National Opera Awards were created to popularize Russian opera, to define guidelines for excellence in the development of modern Russian operatic theatre, and to spotlight the leading performers of our times. 

The idea behind the creation of this Award comes from the founder of the Awards, Honored Artist of Russia Igor Tarasov. Lubov Glazkova, CEO of a non-profit Russian Opera Company is also a co-founder.

The legendary Russian baritone, recipient of the prestigious State Award of the former Soviet Union, National Artist of the USSR Sergei Leiferkus was chosen to be the president of the Onegin National Opera Awards.

Before 2016, even though Russia had more than 40 opera theatres, there was no opera award on a nationwide scope to give recognition to the community of professionals on one hand, nor on the other hand to provide any sort of expert opinion regarding quality in this sphere. An award that could help opera goers, admirers and enthusiasts to broaden their understanding of the current state of Russian operatic theatre with its wide geography - from Vladivostok to Vladikavkaz, from Krasnodar to Yakutsk.

The absence of such an award was even more unusual taking into consideration the many awards in other areas of theatre in Russia which take place annually. They celebrate the continuation of mastery in the arts as well as emerging young talent. Award winning films and plays are guaranteed box office success as well as increased attention from audiences and critics alike. Award winning actors, dancers, directors, choreographers become recognized and sought after in their respective professional areas.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that despite the short registration period, more than 24 opera theatres, festivals and other projects submitted their applications for the Onegin Award in 2016. This eager response has solidified the necessity of such an award.

Every year the Onegin is supported by the St. Petersburg Committee for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Presidential Executive Office, philanthropists, sponsors, and other commercial partners.

The Award ceremony is held every autumn in Saint-Petersburg. Not only does it include the ceremony itself, but also charity events and concerts in the days preceding it.

History

2016

First Annual Onegin National Opera Award Ceremony, 2016

November 26th - 27th

Saint Petersburg November 26th - 27th

Alexandrinsky Theatre November 27th

The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic November 26th

The first Onegin National Opera Award ceremony was held on November 27th, 2016 in the Alexandrinsky Theatre under the auspices of the Fifth Annual Saint Petersburg International Culture Forum and with the support of the Saint Petersburg Cultural Committee.

The expert panel and jury of the Awards, consisting of some of the most respected and influential members of the Russian opera community, decided on the winners in 12 different categories. The President of the Onegin National Opera Awards Sergei Leiferkus was chosen to be the Chairman of the jury for the Award.

Prizes went to six different cities including Astrakhan, Ufa, Voronezh, Vladikavkaz, and Moscow while some stayed in Saint Petersburg. The great Soviet and Russian tenor, National Artist of the USSR Vladimir Atlantov, was the recipient of the Legend Award.

From the first Awards event, many regional and federal TV channels, print and online publications took an interest in the Award. Of course, an event of such a scale couldn't be possible without great support from the important figures in Russian culture, help from our partners and sponsors.

As a part of the award ceremony, a concert featuring the famous Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin and Nataliya Timchenko took place on November 26th in The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic.

2017

Second Annual Onegin National Opera Award Ceremony, 2017

Saint Petersburg, October 26th - 29th 2017

Alexandrinsky Theatre, October 29th

Hotel Astoria, October 28th

Stars of the opera scene from Russia and all around the world gathered in Saint Petersburg in October 2017. José Cura, Inva Mula, Fabio Armiliato, Vasily Gerello, Alexey Tikhomirov, Anna Nechaeva, Alexey Tatarintsev and many more among the opera elite accompanied by the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo took to the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre on October 29th as part of the Second Onegin National Opera Awards gala concert. The ceremony was hosted by Irina Tushintceva and Julian Makarov.

The expert panel and jury of the Awards, consisting of some of the most respected and influential members of the opera community, awarded winners in 13 different categories. The President of the Onegin National Opera Awards Sergei Leiferkus was chosen to be the Chairman of the jury for the Awards.

In addition to the gala concert, the Onegin Awards also featured master classes, round tables and a charity event aimed at supporting opera singers in difficult life situations held at the Astoria Hotel on October 28th. World-renowned figures in opera, politics, and culture gathered for the charity auction. Special lots were prepared by famous opera, business and cultural figures - Anna Netrebko, Sergei Leiferkus, Inva Mula, José Cura, Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya, Georgy Gens and many more.

2018

Third Annual Onegin National Opera Award Ceremony, 2018

Saint Petersburg, November 16th - 17th

Mikhailovsky Theatre, November 16th

Ambassador Hotel, November 17th

The third Onegin National Opera Awards ceremony took place on November 16th in Saint Petersburg inside the famed Mikhailovsky Theatre. Both the ceremony and the gala concert by the leading names in modern opera were performed in front of a sold-out crowd. That year the Onegin Awards received a record-breaking amount of applications —almost 80 singers from 32 different regions of Russia.

The expert panel and jury of the Awards, consisting of some of the most respected and influential members of the opera community, voted for winners in 13 different categories. The President of the Onegin National Opera Awards Sergei Leiferkus was once again chosen to be the Chairman of the jury for the Awards.

Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Chief of the Presidential Directorate for Social Projects Sergei Novikov, Saint Petersburg Culture Committee Chairman Konstantine Suhenko, and Bolshoi Theatre CEO Vladimir Urin were all in attendance at the ceremony.

Recipients were congratulated by stars of the Russian and world opera scene, including outstanding Italian masters: the legendary Ruggero Raimondi and Grammy Award winner Patrizia Ciofi. The Onegin National Opera Awards gala concert included performances by opera stars from world’s finest theatres: Ekaterina Gubanova, Olga Peretyatko, Dmitry Ulyanov, Sergey Murzaev, Liparit Avetisyan, and Veronika Dzhioeva, among other participants and Award recipients from previous years performing alongside Mikhailovsky Theatre lead singers accompanied by the Mikhailovsky Theatre orchestra conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo. The ceremony was hosted by Sati Spivakova and Julian Makarov.

A charity event was held on November 17th at the Ambassador Hotel. World-renowned figures in opera, politics, and culture gathered for a charity auction. Special lots were prepared by famous opera, business, and cultural figures.