Italy's most distinguished musical prize

ROBERTO ABBADO was named today as recipient of the 2008 Franco Abbiati Prize as for Conductor by the Italian National Association of Music Critics. 

In making the announcement, the Association  praised Mo. Abbado "... for the maturity of interpretation and for his breadth and curiosity of repertoire, in which he has delivered remarkable results and an intensity which was manifested in  La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart (Teatro Regio Turino) executed using classical period performance practices; in the contemporary opera Phaedra* by Hans Werner Henze (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino);  in Rossini's Ermione (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); and for the rare Der Vampyr of Heinrich Marschner (Teatro Comunale Bologna).  

*Phaedra also received 2008 Abbiati Prize in the category for New Opera.  

Abbiati Prizes, Italy's most distinguished music awards, are given annually by the Italian National Association of  Music Critics, comprised of Italy's more than 150 critics and journalists.  The Prizes were established n memory of Italian musicologist Franco Abbiati (1898-1981) and music critic for Corriere della Sera.

Other Abbiati Prize winners for 2008 announced today were: 

Production:                      Beethoven's Fidelio

                                      (Teatro Valli Reggio Emili,  Teatro Comunale Modena and Ferrara).

*New Opera:                     Henze's Phaedra (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino)

Direction, Scenery            Dmitri Tcherniakov for Prokofiev's The Gambler (Teatro alla Scala)

and Costumes

Chamber Group:              Hagen Quartet

Singers:                          Daniela Dessì, soprano and Vito Priante, baritono

Special Award:                 Haydn's Bauch and Philemon (Europa Galante)

Initiative:                          Modena's Festival Musicale Estense "Sizes and Wonder

The Award Ceremony will be held May 29 at 5 pm in Bergamo, Italy (home city of Franco Abbiati)  in collaboration among, The National Association of Music Critics, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival., and Municipality of Bergamo.