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Viewpoint: A Time for Cheering

By F. Paul Driscoll

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Fiorenza Cossotto, 2018
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2019 OPERA NEWS AWARDS
April 7, 2019
HONOREES
• ROSALIND ELIAS
• LAURENT PELLY
• AILYN PÉREZ
• LUCA PISARONI
• RAMÓN VARGAS

ON APRIL 7, at the Plaza Hotel, the fourteenth annual OPERA NEWS Awards will be presented to a distinguished quintet of honorees: mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, stage director and designer Laurent Pelly, soprano Ailyn Pérez, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and tenor Ramón Vargas. Each of these five artists has done captivating work at the Metropolitan Opera and at the other great opera houses of the world, enriching the art form with their commitment to new pieces as well as the classics of the repertoire. All of the editors of OPERA NEWSand all of the staff of the Metropolitan Opera Guild—join me in congratulating our five honorees and look forward to celebrating with them in person in April. 

One of the singular pleasures of the OPERA NEWS Awards is the chance to salute artists in mid-career alongside some of opera’s legendary names. Nobody who was at the Plaza last April will forget Fiorenza Cossotto’s show-stopping response to the standing ovation that she received when her OPERA NEWS Award was presented to her by Dolora Zajick. I was standing on stage next to Cossotto’s grandson, Emanuele Vinco, who is in his twenties and knew nothing of the adoration that the opera audiences in New York and elsewhere had for Cossotto. It would be an understatement to say that Vinco seemed flabbergasted when the crowd went wild for his grandmother. 

In the 1970s and ’80s, when I first saw her at the Met, I believed that Cossotto towered over her colleagues; her Amneris, for example, was a huge performance, literally and figuratively. When I met her in 2018, she looked like a million dollars, impeccably coiffed and gowned, although at eighty-three she seemed almost diminutive. But when she took the stage and acknowledged the audience’s applause with a heart-stopping combination of modesty and grandeur, Cossotto was every bit as towering as I remembered. spacer 

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F. PAUL DRISCOLL
Editor in Chief 


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