Daniela Barcellona and Joyce DiDonato have won Olivier Awards for Best Achievement in Opera for their roles in The Royal Opera House's production of Semiramide.
Semiramide was also the winner of Best New Opera Production at the annual award ceremony, this year held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Barcellona accepted both of the awards on behalf of DiDonato who is rehearsing a new production of Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera. and thanked director David Alden and Sir Antonio Pappano.
The Italian mezzosoprano with sing Arsace again at the Bavarian State Opera in June and again in February 2019 in Bilbao. She recently recorded the uncut version with Sir Mark Elder for Opera Rara which will be on sale from July 2018.
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