Cypriot Stage Director Anthony Pilavachi took home the Best Overall Opera Production award at the Austrian Music Theatre Awards, held recently.
Pilavachi, born in Limassol and raised in France, received the prestigious award at the 2018 ceremony for the direction and concept behind Richard Strauss’ Capriccio performed by the Tiroler Landestheater.
This is not Pilavachi’s first distinction as in 2012 he won the Echo Klassik Award for the DVD of his production of Richard Wagner’s The Ring, which he had received a German Record Award for a year earlier.
Pilavachi, who now resides in Germany, was awarded a grant by the Princess Grace of Monaco Foundation for studies in stage management in 1983. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and graduated in 1986.
In 2015 he directed the worldwide premiere of Gordon Getty’s opera The Ghost of Canterville at the Opera House in Leipzig. Also in 2015 he directed Capriccio for the 350 year jubilee of one of Europe’s oldest orchestras, the Hofkapelle Meiningen.
His most recent work includes the stage direction of the 19th century opera Cinq Mars performed in Leipzig in early 2018 and in 2017.