2 August 2011

2011 OPERA NEWS Awards to Honor Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Mattei and Peter Sellars

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The seventh annual OPERA NEWS Awards will be presented on Sunday, April 29 at The Plaza in New York City, paying tribute to five extraordinary artists who have made an invaluable contribution to the art form: sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, and director Peter Sellars.

The official announcement of this year's honorees appears in the September 2011 issue of OPERA NEWS, which is available on August 4 and features baritone Mariusz Kwiecien — the Metropolitan Opera's new Don Giovanni — on its cover. All of the winners will be present at the gala awards dinner, which will feature celebrity presenters speaking about the awardees and introducing video performance clips. The April 2012 issue of OPERA NEWS will feature tributes to the five awardees, all distinguished members of the international operatic community.

The OPERA NEWS Awards were created in 2005. They recognize five individuals each year for distinguished achievement in the field of opera. Proceeds from the gala evening on April 29 will benefit the education programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. 

The OPERA NEWS Awards include a special sweepstakes — introduced successfully last season — that will give a lucky winner round-trip air transportation for two to New York, provided by American Airlines, as well as a two-night stay at a Manhattan hotel and VIP tickets to the OPERA NEWS Awards. No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. 

F. Paul Driscoll, OPERA NEWS's editor in chief, notes:  "Once again, the editors of OPERA NEWS take pride in celebrating the achievements of an extraordinary quintet of honorees. These five incomparable artists have enriched and inspired us all. It will be a privilege to welcome them to the OPERA NEWS Awards gala on April 29."

Beyond offering the opportunity to pay tribute to the distinguished achievement of some of the leading artists of our time, the OPERA NEWS Awards gala dinner has become an important and much-anticipated date on the opera community's calendar: a time for singers, artistic administrators, and managers, as well as social and political leaders who support opera, to come together in a spirit of camaraderie and celebration.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is the corporate sponsor for this year's OPERA NEWS Awards gala.

American Airlines is the lead presenting sponsor for the OPERA NEWS Awards sweepstakes.

OPERA NEWS has been published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild since 1936; it has the largest circulation of any classical music magazine in the United States. The magazine, published monthly, is a winner of three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism. spacer 

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