Gloriana Receives International Opera Award Nomination

Teatro Real Gloriana starring Leonardo Capalbo is nominated for Best New Production

David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana at the Teatro Real Madrid has been nominated for an International Opera Award in the Best New Production category. The production starred Anna Caterina Antonacci as Queen Elizabeth I and Leonardo Capalbo as Essex, the favorite of the Queen.

Anna Caterina Antonacci and Leonardo Capalbo in a scene from  Gloriana

Anna Caterina Antonacci and Leonardo Capalbo in a scene from Gloriana

Leonardo Capalbo’s performance as Essex was widely praised by audiences and critics. Operawire proclaimed Capalbo a “star in the making” noting “his voice displayed a strong sense of security and clarity.” Platea Magazine called him “extremely convincing, striking in his performance, and vocally polished.” Backtrack praised his “solid tone and flaming phrasing.”

The Teatro Real took home the same prize last year for Deborah Warner’s production of Britten’s Billy Budd.

The winners will be announced on April 29th, 2019 in London.

Leonardo Capalbo