The 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition has been awarded to Louis Andriessen for his multimedia opera 'La Commedia'. The award has a cash value of $100,000 and is considered the most prestigious prize in composition. It is awarded every year by the University of Louisville from funds donated by the industrialist H. Charles Grawemeyer in 1984.
'La Commedia' is based on Dante's 'The Divine Comedy'. It is Andriessen's fourth opera and his largest work to date. The opera was premièred in 2008 at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. The original production was the result of a collaboration between Andriessen, Netherlands Opera and the American film director Hal Hartley.