Opera Hall of Fame
The Opera Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of outstanding living Americans and Canadians who have strengthened the art form and the field.
Those inducted into the Opera Hall of Fame have:
- Exhibited exceptional leadership and/or advocacy on behalf of an individual company or the entire industry.
- Advanced the field through the creation, production, and performance of new works or works from the inherited repertoire.
- Played an important role in the career development of future leaders and/or artists as a teacher or mentor.
- Realized the full potential of unique opportunities or overcome obstacles to achieve their goals for opera.
- Facilitated important projects and institutional progress through their generosity.
Their names enter the Opera Hall of Fame alongside those formerly recognized through the NEA Opera Honors, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with OPERA America from 2008 to 2011
The Opera Hall of Fame is supported by the Theodore H. Barth Foundation.
OPERA America inducts a select number of individuals each year into the Opera Hall of Fame in three categories: artists, administrators, and advocates.
They are nominated by members of the field and chosen on the basis of their accomplishments by a committee of representatives with a deep understanding of the national opera community.
How to Nominate
Click to review the guidelines and submit your nomination by January 15, 2021.
For questions about nominations, contact us at Membership@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5237.
Meet the Opera Hall of Fame
Class of 2020
- Grace Bumbry, soprano
- Simon Estes, bass-baritone
- George Shirley, tenor
- Dawn Upshaw, soprano
- Patricia K. Beggs, general director emerita, Cincinnati Opera
- Matthew Epstein, former artistic director, Lyric Opera of Chicago; artistic advisor, The Santa Fe Opera
- David Gockley, general director emeritus, San Francisco Opera
- Gordon Getty, trustee, Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
- Camille LaBarre, managing director, The Metropolitan Opera
- Roma Wittcoff, trustee, Arizona Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Learn more about inductees in the press release.
NEA Opera Honors
The NEA Opera Honors, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with OPERA America from 2008 to 2011, recognized individuals who made extraordinary contributions to opera in America.
- John Adams
- Martina Arroyo
- John Conklin
- Frank Corsaro
- David DiChiera
- Carlisle Floyd
- Richard Gaddes
- Philip Glass
- Marilyn Horne
- Speight Jenkins
- James Levine
- Lotfi Mansouri
- Leontyne Price
- Eve Queler
- Julius Rudel
- Risë Stevens
- Robert Ward