Monday, April 27, 2009

NEA Opera Honors 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the second crop of winners of the new NEA Opera Honors, established last year under then-NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. With this second crop of winners, the awards come a step closer to Gioia's goal to create a kind of American opera Hall of Fame. The NY Times ArtsBeat reports that composer John Adams and the mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne were among the five recipients. The three other recipients are Julius Rudel, the veteran conductor of New York City Opera and the founding artistic director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the director and librettist Frank Corsaro; and the general director Lotfi Mansouri, who introduced the use of supertitles in opera.

The awards -- which include $25,000 grants -- will be officially conferred at a ceremony at the Harman Center for the Arts on Nov. 14. For more information on the recipients, check out the NEA website.

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