The Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA) has announced that its second annual award for Best New Opera has been given to composer David Hertzberg for The Wake World, which received its premiere on September 18, 2017, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia in a co-presentation with The Barnes Foundation.
The award was created to honor musical and theatrical excellence in a fully staged opera that received its world premiere in North America during the preceding calendar year. The inaugural award went to Breaking the Waves, composed by Missy Mazzoli with libretto by Royce Vavrek. This year’s winner was chosen by an awards committee co-chaired by Heidi Waleson and George Loomis, and including Alex Ross, John Rockwell, and Arthur Kaptainis.
Hertzberg will be honored at an award presentation ceremony on April 13 during the MCANA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Further details about the awarded opera are available here.