Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording

The Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording has been awarded since 1961. The award was originally titled Best Classical Opera Production. The current title has been used since 1962.

Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
Awarded forquality classical opera productions and recordings
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1961
Currently held byGershwin: Porgy and Bess (2021)

Prior to 1961 the awards for operatic and choral performances were combined in a single award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral.

The award goes to the conductor, the album producer(s) and the principal soloists.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Note: Performers who did not receive a nomination and/or an award (such as orchestras, choruses, etc.) are listed between brackets.




  • Gil Rose (conductor/producer); Heather Buck & Steven Powell (soloists) - Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen (Boston Modern Opera Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)
  • William Boggs (conductor); Keith Phares & Kate Royal (soloists); Blanton Alspaugh (producer) - Floyd: Prince of Players (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Florentine Opera Chorus)
  • Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor); Joyce DiDonato (soloist); Daniel Zalay (producer) - Handel: Agrippina (Il Pomo d'Oro)
  • Donald Runnicles (conductor); David Butt Philip & Elena Tsallagova (soloists); Peter Ghirardini & Erwin Stürzer (producers) - Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (Orchestra Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chorus Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin)










  1. ^ "55th Annual Grammy Award Nominees", Accessed 3 January 2013
  2. ^ "The 2012 Classical Grammy Awards announced!" by Melissa Lesnie, Limelight, 13 February 2012. Accessed 3 January 2013