Five artists were recognized in New York on Sunday for their international musical achievements: German tenor Jonas (YOH’-nuhs) Kaufmann, American soprano Patricia Racette (ruh-SEHT’), New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa (KEER’-ee teh KAH’-nah-wah), Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel (TEHR’-vehl) and Italian conductor Riccardo Muti (MOO’-tee).
The awards were created in 2005 by Opera News, whose circulation of more than 100,000 makes it the world’s most popular magazine in the field.
Previous winner and top mezzo-soprano Susan Graham jokingly calls the magazine “our Bible, our porn” for its passionate fan following.
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