Patti LuPone and Stephanie Blythe Will Host Sixth Annual Opera News Awards on April 17 at The Plaza in NYC

Broadway icon Patti LuPone and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe will co-host the sixth annual Opera News Awards, which will take place on April 17 at The Plaza in New York City. The two stars will headline a gala awards dinner celebrating the achievement of five extraordinary artists who have made an invaluable contribution to the art form: tenor Jonas Kaufmann, conductor Riccardo Muti, soprano Patricia Racette, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. The event will feature celebrity presenters speaking about the awardees and performance videos for each honoree. Tributes to the five awardees will also figure prominently in the April 2011 issue of Opera News, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season.

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