The Metropolitan Opera Guild

The 17th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards: Honoring Denyce Graves, Quinn Kelsey and Elza van den Heever 
2022-04-03 7 PM
Grand Ballroom, The Plaza Hotel
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We are excited to invite you to the 17th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards

This year’s honorees—mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, baritone Quinn Kelsey and soprano Elza van den Heever—will be fêted at a black-tie gala on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, marking the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s return to live, in-person events.

Musical tributes by J’Nai Bridges and Piotr Beczała will be performed in honor of the recipients. The gala will also feature appearances by Nina Stemme and Christian Van Horn. 

Proceeds from the gala and its live and silent auctions will benefit the education programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, which has published OPERA NEWS since 1936.

Purchasing Options:

Gold Circle Table | $15,000 ($12,000 tax-deductible)
• Seats 10
• Includes program listing and premium seating

President’s Circle Table | $12,500 ($9,500 tax-deductible)
• Seats 10
• Includes program listing and prime seating

Benefactor Table | $10,000 ($7,000 tax-deductible)
• Seats 10
• Includes program listing and priority seating

President’s Circle Ticket | $1,500 ($1,200 tax-deductible)
• Includes program listing and priority seating

Benefactor Ticket | $1,250 ($950 tax-deductible)
• Includes program listing

Gala Ticket | $1,000 ($700 tax-deductible)   

Tickets must be purchased by March 1, 2022 to guarantee having your name listed in our printed program. 

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine, and a valid photo ID, will be required to attend the gala. Any updates to specific health and safety protocols will be communicated directly to ticket buyers and guests. 

All proceeds raised by the 17th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards support the Guild’s education programs. Please note that support of this special event does not constitute a Guild membership. If you would also like to become a Guild member, you may do so here.  

To purchase via phone, please call 212.769.7009 


The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s charitable purpose is to cultivate a wide, public, and passionate base of supporters for opera and its allied arts, and to further music education, appreciation and accessibility for all through a variety of school and community programs and publications. Your gift is very much appreciated and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law pursuant to IRC §170(c). A copy of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s latest financial report may be obtained by writing to the Metropolitan Opera Guild, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 or by calling 212-769-7041. New York residents may obtain information on charitable organizations and obtain a copy of our latest financial report from the New York Attorney General’s Charities Registry at or, upon request, by contacting the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or calling 212-416-8401.   

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