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Beans opera up for society award
Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop is nominated for favourite classical music figure
An opera set in a baked bean factory, performed by the Welsh National Opera, has been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society award.

Wozzeck will compete against productions from the Royal Opera and English National Opera for best opera or theatre production.

The awards recognise the best in live classical music performed in the UK.

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 9 May, hosted by soprano Felicity Palmer and BBC Radio 3's Sean Rafferty.

Writer and comic Armando Iannucci will also appear at the ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Graham Sheffield, chairman of Royal Philharmonic Society, said: "The shortlists for this year's RPS Music Awards reveal the robustness and vigour of our classical music tradition."

Ice performance

Three British singers - Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside and Roderick Williams - have been shortlisted alongside American soprano Joyce DiDonato in the singing category.

A webcast from the Philharmonia Orchestra lines up against BBC Radio 3's A Bach Christmas season and Jeffrey S Sposato's investigation into Mendelssohn's sacred music in the creative communication category.

Radio 3 listeners will vote for their favourite classical music figure, having already shortlisted Marin Alsop, principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, soprano Felicity Lott and bass-baritone John Tomlinson.

The audience development category recognises projects which attempt to attract new fans to their work.

The London Sinfonietta: Connectors, which worked with an alternative rock label, Birmingham Opera, which performed Ulysses Come Home on an ice rink, and The English Touring Opera have all been nominated.

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