17 Jan 2006
FIRST ANNUAL BEVERLY SILLS ARTIST AWARD AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA GIVEN TO NATHAN GUNN
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
[The Metropolitan Opera, 16 January 2005] The first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at The Metropolitan Opera has been given to 35-year-old baritone Nathan Gunn. The new award of $50,000 was recently established by an endowment gift from Agnes Varis, a managing director on The Met board, and Karl Leichtman, her husband, in honor of Ms. Sills. It is the largest award of its kind in the United States.