Festival Napa Valley Honors Gordon Getty

By David Salazar

Festival Napa Valley presented composer Gordon Getty with the Angels of the Arts Award during a March 7, 2024 ceremony.

The event included performances by such artists as sopranos Alexandra Armantrading and Lisa Delan; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; tenor Nathan Granner; baritone Lester Lynch; baritone/librettist Curt Branom; clarinetist David Barnett; pianist Kevin Korth; and pianist/composer Jake Heggie. There were also special tributes by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, composer John Corigliano, and several politicians including Representative Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Getty is a renowned composer who has created such operas as “Plump Jack” and “Usher House,” among others.

The award is the festival’s highest honor.