Carnegie medalist Cunningham
© Julie Skarratt 2012
1. On April 23, Carnegie Hall awarded its fifth Medal of Excellence to fashion photojournalist BILL CUNNINGHAM at a gala benefit at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Annette and Oscar de la Renta and Sarah Jessica Parker served as gala chairs of the event, which raised nearly $1.5 million, and tenor Vittorio Grigolo performed as part of the evening's program.
2. In April, AILYN PÉREZ became the first Hispanic singer to receive the Richard Tucker Award in its thirty-four-year history. The award, which carries a cash prize of $30,000, is conferred annually on an American opera singer at the threshold of a major career. Recent winners include Angela Meade, James Valenti and Pérez's husband, Stephen Costello.
3. The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART has unveiled the 2012–13 season of Met Museum Presents, its newly-renamed series of performances and talks. The fall lineup includes five performances of TAN DUN's seventy-minute adaptation of the Chinese opera Peony Pavilion in the museum's Astor Court, which is modeled on a traditional seventeenth-century Chinese scholars' garden court.
4. FERRUCCIO FURLANETTO stars as Archbishop Thomas Becket in the U.S. stage premiere of Assassinio nella Cattedrale, Ildebrando Pizzetti's 1958 opera after T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, next March at San Diego Opera. The Italian bass, a favorite with the San Diego audience, has made a number of U.S. role debuts with the company, including Boris Godunov and Massenet's Don Quichotte.
ORIGINAL MUSIC WORKSHOP, a new non-profit arts organization, will inaugurate its $15.6 million, 13,000-square-foot facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in late 2013 and launch a full-spectrum program in classical, jazz, contemporary and experimental music.
5. KEVIN PUTS won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his first opera, Silent Night, which had its premiere last November at Minnesota Opera. The opera marked the first commission and fourth production of the company's New Works Initiative, a multi-year program designed to promote contemporary American opera.
6. THOMAS ADÈS's chamber opera Powder Her Face plays in two different U.S. productions in 2013, opening New York City Opera's season in February and closing Opera Company of Philadelphia's in June. The work centers on Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual exploits made her gossip fodder in 1960s London and earned her the nickname "Dirty Duchess."
Soprano Andrea Carroll took home the top prize at the 2012 ALAN M. AND JOAN TAUB ADES VOCAL COMPETITION, which was held at Manhattan School of Music on April 13.
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