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OPERA America Salutes

Celebrating Opera's Great Leaders and the Next 50 Years of Opera in America

OPERA America Salutes brings together artists, producers, and champions in a special tribute to some of the field’s most accomplished figures.

In celebration of OPERA America’s 50th anniversary, the unforgettable evening honors industry pioneers and supports the next generation of leaders.

Proceeds from the event will sustain OPERA America’s professional development programs — Leadership Intensive, New General Director Roundtables, Mentorship Programs, and other career services — as part of its 50 More Campaign.

Friday, October 21, 2022
6:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. ET
The University Club of New York
One West 54th St, New York, NY

Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano

Inaugural Inductees into the Opera Hall of Fame
Recipients of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards

Special Musical Performance
OPERA America's 50th Anniversary Presentation

Business Attire
Vaccination Required

The Evening's Honorees
Opera Hall of Fame

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

Reri Grist, soprano and teacher
Charles MacKay, general director
Marlena Malas, voice teacher
Virginia Zeani, soprano and teacher

National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards

Robert Ellis, San Francisco Opera
Elba Haid, Manitoba Opera
Linda Koehn, Des Moines Metro Opera
Phil Meyer, Pacific Opera Project
Chris and Anita Murray, Opera Las Vegas
H. Bernt von Ohlen, Minnesota Opera

Gary Casagrande, MassOpera
Arlene Ferebee, Opera Carolina
John Fitzgerald, IN Series
Susan G. Marineau, The Santa Fe Opera
Ranney Mize, New Orleans Opera
Carey Newman, Pacific Opera Victoria

Special Thanks to the OPERA America Salutes Host Committee

C. Graham Berwind, III
Cincinnati Opera
Karin Eames
David and Frances Ertel
Betty and Jean-Marie Eveillard
Carol F. Henry
Jane Stieren Lacy
Virginia and Nix Lauridsen
Carol Lazier and James Merritt
Dr. Frayda B. Lindemann
Lynn J. Loacker
Susan F. and William C. Morris
Noémi Neidorff
Jane A. Robinson
Marc A. Scorca and Joe Alvarez
Jeri Sedlar
Sarah Billinghurst Solomon
Jill and Bill Steinberg
Shoshana B. Tancer
Roma B. Wittcoff
Carole J. Yaley
Ann Ziff

Single Tickets
  • General - $250 (priced at cost; $0 tax deductible)
  • Advocate - $500 ($250 tax deductible)
  • Supporter* - $1,000 ($750 tax deductible)
Tables (for up to 10)
  • Patron* - $5,000 ($2,500 tax deductible)
  • Sponsor* - $10,000 ($7,500 tax deductible)
  • Underwriter* - $25,000 ($22,500 tax deductible)
  • Benefactor* - $50,000 ($47,500 tax deductible)

*Purchasers will be invited to a private brunch and dedication of the Opera Hall of Fame in OPERA America's National Opera Center on Saturday, October 22.

Register by Monday, September 26

Click below to register online or call 646.699.5248.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, September 26

Click below to register online or call 646.699.5248.