It was a glorious weekend with the thrilling 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards taking place at the grand Plaza Hotel this Sunday. More than 400 opera lovers and beloved performers were guests. The exclusive list included opera stars Harolyn Blackwell, Lauren Flanigan, Ailyn Pérez, Diana Soviero, Teresa Stratas and surprise presenter Renée Fleming.
“The editors of OPERA NEWS were very pleased to honor these opera luminaries,” said Driscoll. “The evening had many magical moments, especially when surprise guest Renée Fleming presented an award to Robert Carsen, who is directing the legendary soprano in Der Rosenkavalier opening this week.”
The prestigious audience at the black-tie dinner counted Anastasia Angelova, Andrea Anson, Daniel Applebaum, Ludmila and J. Truman Bidwell; Susan S. Braddock, Beatrice and Douglas Broadwater; Peter Brown, Thomas Bunn, Emmanuel Ceysson, Mrs. Schuyler G. Chapin, Marc Chazaud, Judith-Ann Corrente, Richard Gaddes, Giovanni Favretti, Edmeé de M. Firth, Carole and John French, III; John Hargraves, Nancy L. Hayward, Ellen F. Marcus, Louis Miano, Nancy Newcomb, Langdon Van Norden, Jr., Constantine Orbelian, Donald Palumbo, John and Emily Rafferty; Ron Raines, James D. Rigler, Mary and Winthrop Rutherfurd; Elizabeth Stribling, Joan and Barry Tucker; Midge Woolsey, Basilia Yao and Ann Ziff among the many notable attendees.
Along with Ms. Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Kiri Te Kanawa and Joseph Volpe joined Metropolitan Opera Guild President Richard J. Miller and OPERA NEWS Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll in presenting the awards for distinguished achievement in the field of opera and outstanding contributions to the opera world.
The OPERA NEWS Awards showcased packages auctioned off by Robbie Gordy, Associate Vice President and Auctioneer at Christie’s New York.
OPERA NEWS has been published by The Metropolitan Opera Guild since 1936; it has the largest circulation of any classical music magazine in the United States and is the only North American publication that covers opera internationally. Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll helms the monthly, which is a winner of five ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism.
The 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards were sponsored by the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
Honorees Christine Goerke, Robert Carsen, Frederica von Stade and Matthew Polenzani at the 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards at the Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2017. Photo credit: Dario Acosta Photography