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Grammy Award Nominations Opera & Classical 2017 Include Bartoli, Netrebko, Hampson, Pisaroni, Leonard, Yoncheva, and Racette by Lisa Pacino

The 59th Annual Grammy Award nominations for Opera and Classical music include artists Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Sonya Yoncheva, Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Emily Fons, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Rolando Villazon, Nathan Gunn, and Joshua Guerrero.

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Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and lyric baritone Thomas Hampson, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, November 11, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Nomination highlights: Cecilia Bartoli’s recording of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, conducted by Giovanni Antonini; Deutsche Grammophon’s recording of Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, the opera which is part of a series of Mozart recordings is conducted by the Metropolitan Opera’s new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and stars Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni, Rolando Villazon, and Sonya Yoncheva; John Corigliano’s The Ghosts Of Versailles which stars Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer, and Guanqun Yu, conducted by James Conlon; Higdon’s Cold Mountain which stars Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and Jay Hunter Morris, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Anna Netrebko’s new Deutsche Grammphon album Verismo; and Sir Antonio Pappano, the English conductor, pianist, and music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002, led the way with the most nominations with three, as he was also featured in Netrebko’s Verismo album and in Bostridge’s Shakespeare Song album.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm EST live on CBS-TV. James Corden, the Emmy and Tony Award winning multi-faceted host of CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, will serve as host.

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Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, Beth Clayton, and Patricia Racette, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, November 11, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Opera and Classical music nominees complete list:

Best Orchestral Performance
Bates: Works For Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony), Label: SFS Media
Ibert: Orchestral Works, Neeme Järvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande), Label: Chandos
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100, Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Label: RCO
Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms, Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic), Label: Dacapo Records
Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9, Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Best Opera Recording
Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles, James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus), Label: Pentatone Music
Handel: Giulio Cesare, Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico), Label: Decca
Higdon: Cold Mountain, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers), Label: Pentatone Music
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt), Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Szymanowski: Król Roger, Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecień & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus), Label: Opus Arte
 Best Choral Performance
Himmelrand, Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble), Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Janáček: Glagolitic Mass, Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir Of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor), Label: Chandos
Lloyd: Bonhoeffer, Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; The Crossing), Label: Albany Records
Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1, Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir), Label: Warner Classics
Steinberg: Passion Week, Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir), Label: Naxos
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Fitelberg: Chamber Works, ARC Ensemble, Label: Chandos
Reflections, Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene, Label: 2L (Lindberg Lyd)
Serious Business, Spektral Quartet, Label: Sono Luminus
Steve Reich, Third Coast Percussion, Label: Cedille Records
Trios From Our Homelands, Lincoln Trio, Label: Cedille Records
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2, Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony), Label: Nonesuch
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway, Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony), Track from: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle, Label: Naxos
Dvořák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy, Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra), Label: Ondine
Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Label: Harmonia Mundi
1930’s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2, Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra), Label: Canary Classics
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
 Monteverdi, Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel), Label: Archiv Produktion
Mozart: The Weber Sisters, Sabine Devieilhe; Raphaël Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion), Label: Erato
Schumann & Berg, Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist, Label: Decca
Shakespeare Songs, Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker), Label: Warner Classics
Verismo, Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia), Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Best Classical Compendium
 Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer, Label: Naxos
Gesualdo, Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer, Label: ECM New Series
Vaughan Williams: Discoveries, Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Ann McKay, producer, Label: Albion Records
Wolfgang: Passing Through, Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers; (Various Artists), Label: Albany Records
Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers, Label: Universal Music
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology, Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Label: CSO Resound
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway, Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony), Track from: Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle, Label: Naxos
Higdon: Cold Mountain, Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jay Hunter Morris, Emily Fons, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn & The Santa Fe Opera), Label: Pentatone Music
Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto, Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia), Track from: Bassoon Concertos – Theofanidis, Hummel, Mozart, Label: Estonian Record Productions
Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky, F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra) Track from: Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky, Label: VBI Classic Recordings

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