Ghost Patrol wins South Bank Sky Arts Award 2013
18th March 2013
Stuart MacRae's emotional Ghost Patrol has won a highly-coveted South Bank Sky Arts Award in the opera category. The awards celebrate the best in British culture and achievement with a ceremony that was attended by an array of patrons, practitioners and performers.
A collaboration between Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, this opera was premiered in August 2012 at Edinburgh International Festival. The opera's Dramatis Personae of tenor, soprano and baritone explores reigniting bonds, damaging secrets and strained relationships in a score which 'brings to life these fractured and all too real people as they try - and fail - to escape the past.'
Accepting the award at the ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel, MacRae said:
"It is an exciting time for new opera in the UK, with so many companies and artists getting involved in renewing and developing this living, breathing, richly collaborative art; and it's a privilege to be able to play a small part in this, presenting new, contemporary work to the public with such wonderful colleagues. I am deeply grateful to the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for recognising Ghost Patrol, and for giving us encouragement to keep making work that engages with our contemporary world."
Other nominees in the opera category included Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House and Where the Wild Things are at the Barbican.
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