(Above: Blythe, Conlon and Hvorostovsky)
Mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe hosted the seventh annual Opera News Awards at The Plaza's Grand Ballroom last night.
Five artists (four singers and one opera director) were awarded for their contributions to opera -- Karita Mattila, Anja Silja, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Mattei and Peter Sellars. Opera News' Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll welcomed special guests James Conlon, Sherrill Milnes, Eric Owens, Kaija Saariaho, Deborah Voigt and HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Proceeds of the ceremony benefit the Metropolitan Opera Guild's educational programs.
(Above: the whole mishpocha)
(Above: Peter Mattei, family and H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden)