Perspective: A Time to Rejoin
At the Awards, Elza van den Heever, Christian Van Horn, and Susanna Phillips were in attendance.
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Denyce Graves, Quinn Kelsey, and Elza van den Heever are the three NEWS Award awardees for 2022, as announced in this issue.
It would be a great pleasure for us to commemorate the artistry of this remarkable trio of singers at any time of year. The seventeenth annual Awards gala will be very special.
Our party at the Plaza on April 3, 2022, will be the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s first live. In-person celebration since November 2019, when we honored Martina Arroyo and Teresa Stratas on the sixty-fifth anniversaries. Met debuts at our annual luncheon, which has been a tradition for eighty-five years.
The Covid epidemic forced the cancellation of the fifteenth annual NEWS Awards in April 2020. Since then, our spectacular virtual celebrations have kept the Guild’s and members’ spirits high. We have all missed the opportunity to meet together in person because of NEWS’ crucial ties to the opera industry and the entire community of opera-lovers.
We had no idea what the next seventeen years would hold for our industry. When we first presented the NEWS Awards in November 2005. Certainly, no one could have predicted a health and humanitarian crisis that would silence the world’s theatres, concert halls, and opera houses for more than a year and a half.
Covid was and continues to be a blight on everyone, but its impact on the arts was particularly severe. “We lost our identity so rapidly,” says bass-baritone Christian Van Horn in this month’s cover story, “Devil-May-Care.” Audiences and artists were abruptly separated; artists were not.
We have all missed the opportunity to meet together in person because of NEWS’ crucial ties to the opera industry and the entire community of lovers.
The theatres were silent, but the artists were not; singers, dancers, actors, and musicians all throughout the world discovered methods to present their work digitally with eager audiences. We all hope that the world makes further progress in regulating. Finally conquering the virus that has claimed so many lives.
For the time being, we’re all thankful that we can all come together in person to commend and celebrate the artists’ labor and optimism.