Hitting the High Notes

  • It’s not every day that Metropolitan Opera legends like Susan Graham, Maestro James Levine and Renata Scotto get gussied up to break bread and sip wine, but that’s precisely who turned up for the 2014 Opera News Awards at The Plaza. The Sunday soirée honored singers Christa Ludwig, Nina Stemme, James Morris and Juan Diego Florez (sadly recovering from an illness) as well as paid tribute to director Patrice Chéreau who died last year. Joyce DiDonato and David Hyde Pierce made for entertaining hosts: “It was really my life line and my map to the beginning,” Ms. DiDonato explained about first discovering the opera music glossy.

    When he sent away for his first issue, Mr. Hyde Pierce joked that he thought it was called Opera Nudes. “I was so excited because I thought: ‘This is the side of the opera that we never see!’”

    “Which is not a bad thing,” his co-host warned.

    “There wasn’t even a center-fold!” he gripped with disappointment.

     

  • From left: David Hyde Pierce, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, James Morris, Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Renata Scotto, Luca Pisaroni, Susan Graham and director Francesca Zambell.

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: David Hyde Pierce, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, James Morris, Nina Stemme, Joyce DiDonato, Renata Scotto, Luca Pisaroni, Susan Graham and Francesca Zambello attend the 9th Annual Opera News Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on April 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

  • Susan Graham paid tribute to her icon Christa Ludwig.

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Susan Graham (L) and Christa Ludwig attend the 9th Annual Opera News Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on April 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

  • Nina Stemme and James Morris.

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Nina Stemme and James Morris attend the 9th Annual Opera News Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on April 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

  • Lorenzo Anselmi, Renata Scotto and Kristine Opolais.

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: (L-R) Lorenzo Anselmi, Renata Scotto and Kristine Opolais attend the 9th Annual Opera News Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on April 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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