OPERA America Announces 2022 Opera Hall of Fame Inductees and 2022 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
Recipients to be honored at OPERA America Salutes, March 4, 2022.
OPERA America is pleased to announce honors for exemplary artists, administrators, advocates, and trustees in two prestigious award programs, the Opera Hall of Fame and National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards.
The 2022 Opera Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Reri Grist, soprano and teacher
- Charles MacKay, general director
- Marlena Malas, voice teacher
- Virginia Zeani, soprano and teacher
The 2022 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards recipients are:
- Gary Casagrande, MassOpera
- Arlene Ferebee, Opera Carolina
- John Fitzgerald, IN Series
- Susan G. Marineau, The Santa Fe Opera
- Ranney Mize, New Orleans Opera
OPERA America will induct the Opera Hall of Fame honorees and bestow the National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards at OPERA America Salutes on Friday, March 4, 2022, in New York City. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, the event will pay tribute to some of the opera field’s most accomplished figures and mark OPERA America’s 50th anniversary as the industry’s champion. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and a musical performance.
Proceeds from the event will support the next generation of opera leaders by sustaining OPERA America’s professional development programs, including the Leadership Intensive, New General Director Roundtable, and Mentorship Programs as part of its 50 More Campaign. Single tickets ($250+) and tables ($5,000+) to OPERA America Salutes are available at operaamerica.org/OASalutes; reservations are required by Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
“After an extremely challenging two years, OPERA America is thrilled to gather once again to celebrate some of the most influential members of the American opera community,” expressed Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “The Opera Hall of Fame and National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards recognize those whose contributions have shaped the field and laid the groundwork for opera to flourish in the future. It is a fitting way to finally celebrate OPERA America’s 50th anniversary, which was cut short in 2020 by the pandemic.”
Opera Hall of Fame
The 2022 Opera Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted alongside the previously announced 2021 class, including:
- Patricia K. Beggs, general director
- Grace Bumbry, soprano and teacher
- Matthew Epstein, impresario and artistic director
- Simon Estes, bass-baritone and teacher
- Gordon Getty, composer and philanthropist
- David Gockley, general director
- Camille LaBarre, trustee and philanthropist
- George Shirley, tenor and teacher
- Dawn Upshaw, soprano and teacher
- Roma Wittcoff, trustee and philanthropist
The Opera Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of outstanding living American artists, administrators, and advocates who have strengthened the art form and the field. It was established on the occasion of OPERA America’s 50th anniversary in 2020 to help celebrate the progress of the industry over the past half-century.
A private unveiling of the Opera Hall of Fame installation will take place on Saturday, March 5, at OPERA America’s National Opera Center.
The inaugural year of the Opera Hall of Fame was made possible with the generous support of the Theodore H. Barth Foundation Inc.
Nominations are for the 2023 cycle of the Opera Hall of Fame will be accepted beginning December 1, 2021, and close January 15, 2022. For more information about the Opera Hall of Fame and to submit nominations, visit operaamerica.org/HallofFame.
National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
The 2022 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards recipients will be honored at OPERA America Salutes alongside the previously announced 2020 recipients, whose awards dinner was canceled in March 2020 due to COVID-19. 2020 recipients include:
- Robert Ellis, San Francisco Opera
- Linda Koehn, Des Moines Metro Opera
- Phil Meyer, Pacific Opera Project
- Chris and Anita Murray, Opera Las Vegas
- Bernt von Ohlen, Minnesota Opera
The National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards honor outstanding trustees of U.S opera companies for their exemplary leadership and generosity on behalf of their respective organizations. They highlight the tenets of good governance and provide models of trustee excellence.
OPERA America’s commitment to recognizing excellence in governance is shared by its partner organization, the Association for Opera in Canada, which will honor Carey Newman - Hayalthkin’geme, vice president of Pacific Opera Victoria’s Board of Directors, at OPERA America Salutes as the 2022 recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Award. Elba Haid of Manitoba Opera will also be honored this year as the 2020 recipient.
The National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards are made possible with the generous support of Bank of America.
For more information about the National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards, including past recipients, visit operaamerica.org/NOTRA.