- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Conductor Riccardo Muti, sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa and Patricia Racette, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and tenor Jonas Kaufmann have won this year’s Opera News Awards.

The five will be honored at a dinner on April 17 in New York, with proceeds going to the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s education programs.

Muti, former music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, made his Metropolitan debut this year conducting Verdi’s “Attila” and becomes music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this season.

Terfel and Kaufmann are to star in a new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle that starts with the first two installments at the Met this season.

Te Kanawa made her Met debut in 1974, and Racette has sung at the Met since 1995.

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