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Susan Graham honoured at the first annual Opera News Awards

Susan Graham honoured at the first annual Opera News Awards

The Metropolitan Opera Guild have announced the launch of the first annual OPERA NEWS Awards. Designed specifically to recognize distinguished contributions from leading figures in the world of opera, the awards salute some of the most admired and successful individuals working in the field. The 2005 honourees are conductor James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival and music director designate of Los Angeles Opera; soprano Régine Crespin; tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo, general director of both Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera; Warner Classics artist mezzo-soprano Susan Graham; and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick. “The five great artists who are our honourees have brought opera to millions of people all over the world and we felt is was high time to celebrate their extraordinary achievements,” says the magazine’s editor-in-chief, F. Paul Driscoll. “Our goal as a magazine has always been to bring the magic of opera to our readers, and these artists have communicated that magic brilliantly – all to the benefit of this art-form. We’re thrilled to honour them during the 70th anniversary season of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and OPERA NEWS.” The OPERA NEWS Awards will be presented at the ballroom of the Hotel Pierre in New York City on Sunday, 20th November, 2005. After dinner, the awards will be presented by some of the opera and theatre world's leading luminaries. The awards will be interspersed with special spoken, sung and film tributes to the five honourees, all of whom will be present. The award itself has been produced by Tiffany & Company, from a design by OPERA NEWS's art director, Gregory Downer. Proceeds from the awards ceremony will go to the Metropolitan Opera Guild's internationally recognized education programs. OPERA NEWS has been published by the Metropolitan Guild since 1936. OPERA NEWS is published monthly and is a winner of three ASCAP–Deems Taylor awards for excellence in music journalism. The OPERA NEWS Awards is the only awards program created by an American magazine devoted to opera.

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