OPERA America Announces Recipients of Its 2012 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Joseph and Judy Liff-Barker (Nashville Opera), Elizabeth Eveillard (The Glimmerglass Festival), Susan F. Morris (The Santa Fe Opera), William C. Morris (The Metropolitan Opera) and Dr. George R. White (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) to be Honored in New York in February
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its fifth year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.
The recipients of the 2012 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award are Joseph and Judy Liff-Barker of Nashville Opera, Elizabeth Eveillard of The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY), Susan F. Morris of The Santa Fe Opera, William C. Morris of The Metropolitan Opera and Dr. George R. White of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Dr. White, who passed away on January 14, 2012, is being honored posthumously.
“We are delighted to be joined by Bank of America in celebrating the significant and enduring contributions of these devoted trustees,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “The National Opera Trustee Recognition Award affords the entire opera community with the opportunity to salute and learn from those who have been so generous in their passion for the art form, vision and support of their opera companies.”
Each year, OPERA America member companies are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. Honorees from each of the four OPERA America budget levels are chosen by an adjudication committee through a competitive selection process. Recognizing the combined monumental contributions to two of the country’s largest opera companies, both Susan F. and William C. Morris, husband and wife, are being honored in the level 1 budget category.
The National Opera Trustee Recognition program is led by OPERA America Vice Chairman and Chairman-Elect Frayda B. Lindemann (New York, NY); committee members include Betty Eveillard* (New York, NY), Fred Good (Cincinnati, OH), Ruth Orth (Pensacola, FL) and Fillmore Wood (Corona del Mar, CA).
These honorees represent a significant range of accomplishments, generosity and a deep commitment to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of their dedication.