Achievement on Display
The inaugural inductees to the Opera Hall of Fame include a general director who commissioned four dozen new operas, a trustee who has worked with more than 20,000 young artists, and a singer who became the first Black tenor to achieve stardom at the Met. Accomplishments such as these are what inspired the public to nominate nearly 200 candidates for the Opera Hall of Fame, an initiative launched by OPERA America in conjunction with its 50th anniversary. From the pool of nominees, an independent panel chose to induct 10 artists, administrators, and advocates who have exhibited exceptional leadership, advanced the art form, shaped careers, overcome obstacles, and facilitated important projects and progress.
“We created the Opera Hall of Fame to shine a spotlight on some of the leaders who have made indelible contributions to the art form and the field over the past half-century,” notes Marc A. Scorca, OA’s president and CEO. “These figures laid the groundwork for opera to become what it is today in North America, and their ground-breaking work continues to shape the field and an inspire us to keep striving for an exciting future.”