Isabel Leonard, Angel Blue & the Metropolitan Opera Win Grammy Awards

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

The company won for its recording of “Porgy and Bess” which was conducted by David Robertson and starred Angel Blue and Eric Owens. The cast also included Latonia Moore, Ryan Speedo Green, Alfred Walker, Golda Schultz, Denyce Graves, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Sarah Brailey and Dashon Burton won the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for “Smyth: The Prison” while Isabel Leonard and Michael Tilson Thomas won the Best Classical Compendium category for Thomas’s “From the Diary Anne Frank and Meditations on Rilke.”

Meanwhile, David Frost won Producer of the Year, Classical while the Best Classical Engineered Album went to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’” which was conducted by Riccardo Muti and featured the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Danielpour’s “The Passion Of Yeshua” featuring James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann, and Matthew Worth won the Best Choral performance.