The Prêmio Carlos Gomes de Ópera & Música Erudita is Brazil's classical music award program. Nominations for the thirteenth edition of the awards were announced yesterday, and they include some musicians that Villa-Lobos lovers will know well. I'll highlight a few:
- Turibio Santos, guitarist and the Director of the Museu Villa-Lobos, is nominated in the Instrumental Soloist category (won last year by Sonia Rubinsky for her Naxos recordings of the complete piano music of Villa-Lobos)
- Isaac Karabtchevsky is nominated for his DVD of Villa-Lobos's Floresta do Amazonas
- Quarteto Radamés Gnatalli, for their performance of the complete cycle of Villa-Lobos String Quartets
- The production of A Menina das Nuvens, Villa's fairy-tale opera presented at the Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, received multiple nominations, including "Espetáculo de Ópera", along with nods for the Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais and conductor Roberto Duarte, singer Gabriella Pace, and other musicians and technical artists
- Soprano Eliane Coelho, who'll be featured in the upcoming presentation of Villa's Yerma in Manaus, was nominated for Schoenberg's Erwartung in Belo Horizonte
- Pianist Nelson Freire was nominated for the Troféu Guarany, which I'm guessing is a kind of life-time achievement award. This was won last year by the great Villa-Lobos conductor John Neschling.
The awards will be announced in the Sala São Paulo on May 5th.