Since 2005 the american music magazine has given out awards to artists in the world of classical music. Proceeds from this years gala will be given to the educational programs of the Metropolitan opera guild.
Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Ben Heppner are some of the previous honorees.
This years honorees are of high quality: Jonas Kaufmann tenor, Riccardo Muti conductor, Patricia Racette soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and bass baritone Bryn Terfel.
The editors of OPERA NEWS which is now celebrating it's 75th anniversary have offered brief pre-publication accolades to the recipients. You can read them here: http://www.operanews.com/operanews/templates/content.aspx?id=16734
From all of us at Classicalify our warmest congratulations to the recipients.