OPERA America Announces 2023 Opera Hall of Fame Inductees
Recipients to be honored at OPERA America Salutes Awards Dinner, January 26, 2024, in New York City
OPERA America is pleased to announce the induction of seven exemplary artists, administrators, and advocates to the Opera Hall of Fame as the Class of 2023. They join a distinguished roster of previous inductees who are honored in OPERA America’s National Opera Center.
The 2023 Opera Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Michael Bronson, arts administrator and producer
- Wayne S. Brown, arts leader and administrator
- Anthony Davis, composer and teacher
- Susan Feder, arts funder and advocate
- Frayda B. Lindemann, trustee and philanthropist
- Sherrill Milnes, baritone and teacher
- Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano and humanitarian
See below for full biographies of the inductees.
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.
Nominations for the Opera Hall of Fame are open to the public each winter and are reviewed by a selection committee composed of established professionals and supporters from the field with a deep understanding of the entire opera industry. The 2023 Opera Hall of Fame inductees were selected from a pool of 166 worthy nominees.
“The contributions to the field of the 2023 Opera Hall of Fame recipients cannot be overstated,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “We look forward to saluting these remarkable individuals who have shaped the field through their talent, dedication, and generosity. They have paved the way to a bright future for opera.”
OPERA America will induct the Opera Hall of Fame honorees at the OPERA America Salutes awards dinner on Friday, January 26, 2024, in New York City. The event will include cocktails, dinner, and musical performances by singers from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
The OPERA America Salutes awards dinner generates essential support for OPERA America’s professional development programs. Proceeds underwrite the organization’s Leadership Intensive, New General Director Roundtables, and Mentorship Programs. Single tickets ($350+) and tables ($5,000+) to OPERA America Salutes will be available at operaamerica.org/OASalutes; reservations are required by Friday, January 5, 2024.
Nominations for the 2024 cycle of the Opera Hall of Fame will be accepted beginning December 1, 2023, and close January 15, 2024. For more information about the Opera Hall of Fame and to submit nominations, visit operaamerica.org/HallofFame.