OPERA America has announced the inductees of its Opera Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
The inductees include Arts Administrator and producer Michael Bronson, Arts Leader and Administrator Wayne S. Brown, composer and teacher Anthony Davis, arts funder and advocate Susan Feder, trustee and philanthropist Frayda B. Lindemann, baritone Sherrill Milnes, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.
“The contributions to the field of the 2023 Opera Hall of Fame recipients cannot be overstated,” said Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America in an official press statement issued by the company. “We look forward to saluting these remarkable individuals who have shaped the field through their talent, dedication, and generosity. They have paved the way to a bright future for opera.”
Bronson was the technical and business administrator at the Met Opera where he produced 10 years of the Live from the Met television series. He also consults the Electronic Media Association which represents over 120 opera companies and symphony orchestras in the implementation of Integrated Media Agreement. Brown was the president and CEO of Detroit Opera between 2014-2024, while Davis is renowned for such operas as “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” and “The Central Park Five,” among others. Feder was program officer in the Arts and Culture program at the Mellon Foundation and is also the vice president of G. Schirmer and editorial coordinator of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Lindemann is a board member of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was elected chair of OPERA America in 2012. She is also president emerita of the Metropolitan Opera Association.
Milnes has performed all around the world and was a mainstay on the Met Opera stage where he appeared over 650 times. Von Stade is also a renowned opera star and appeared at the Met 300 times following her debut in 1970.
The inductees will be honored at a private event on Jan. 26, 2023. Also present at the event will be the recipients of the 2023 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award including Sarah Moulton Faux of The American Opera Project; Keith Geeslin of San Francisco Opera; Aline Kline of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Russell McColman of BARN OPERA; Francis Price of Edmonton Opera; and Nadege Souvenir of Minnesota Opera.