The ENO’s productions of Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Weinberg’s The Passenger are all up for the award – directed by Barrie Kosky, Christopher Alden and David Pountney respectively – along with a production in the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio of James MacMillan’s opera Clemency, directed by Katie Mitchell.
In the other opera category, Outstanding Achievement in Opera, ENO is nominated for its programming, alongside composer Mark-Anthony Turnage for his operas Anna Nicole and Twice Through the Heart.
Also nominated are: Amanda Holden for her translation of Castor and Pollux, and Richard Jones for his direction of Anna Nicole and Il Trittico at the Royal Opera House, and The Tales of Hoffmann at ENO.
'It’s all down to the extraordinary team who work together to create so much new work of this sort of level, right the way through the year,' said artistic director of the company John Berry. 'During last year there were something like ten or 11 new productions. I think ENO is at the top of its game at the moment and that’s thanks to really inventive directors who challenge the art form, and really high musical standards.'
Last year the Olivier Award for best new opera production went to OperaUpClose’s production of Puccini’s La bohème, which was originally staged in a pub in Kilburn, North London.