OperaWatch

by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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Liceu reception attendees Antonio Renom, Vice President, Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation; Alicia Arboix; Bisila Bokoko, Global Brand Ambassador of Liceu Barcelona Opera House; Francisco Gaudier, President of the Board; and Queen Sofia of Spain
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1. On June 3, in the presence of QUEEN SOFIA OF SPAIN, the Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation hosted a reception at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in Manhattan. The event was designed to encourage American opera-lovers to support the artistic life of the Liceu and to visit the theater, an icon of Barcelona since 1847.  

2. Actress JANE LYNCH, star of the television series Glee, will host the Sixtieth Anniversary Gala at LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO. The Illinois native and Chicago theater veteran will be joined at the gala by jazz pianist RAMSEY LEWIS, members of THE SECOND CITY improv comedy troupe and a full roster of Lyric stars.  

3. JOYCE Di DONATO gave the commencement address at JUILLIARD's 109th commencement ceremony, on May 23 at Alice Tully Hall. DiDonato received an honorary doctor of music degree at the event, as did architect Frank O. Gehry, composer Philip Glass and jazz pianist and composer Marcus Roberts. Actor Viola Davis and choreographer Lar Lubovitch each received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree; philanthropists Bruce Kovner and Suzanne F. Kovner were awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degrees.  

4. On May 27, conductor RAMON TEBAR was named artistic director of Opera Naples, effective immediately. The Valencia, Spain native continues as music director of both Florida Grand Opera, where he was appointed in 2011, and the Palm Beach Symphony, where he arrived in 2010.

5. The GEORGE LONDON FOUNDATION FOR SINGERS has announced its 2014–15 recital series, with all events featuring former George London Award winners. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and soprano NADINE SIERRA, both London Award winners in 2010, collaborate with pianist Bryan Wagorn for the final recital of the series, on March 22. All recitals will take place in Gilder Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. For tickets and information, e-mail info@georgelondon.org or call (212) 956-2809. 

6. The annual CAREER BRIDGES gala honored conductor and musicologist WILL CRUTCHFIELD and soprano LAUREN FLANIGAN with distinguished-achievement awards.Conductor EVE QUELER, founder and conductor laureate of Opera Orchestra of New York, spoke in tribute to Crutchfield at the event, which was held at the Essex House in Manhattan on May 13. spacer

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