NOA Lifetime Achievement Award

The NOA recognizes the achievements of those who have dedicated their lives to opera.  Recipients are selected by the Board of Directors on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Substantial international and national operatic career
  • Previous awards and/or recognition at the national or international level
  • Significant number of years in the profession
  • Attractive “name recognition” for convention
  • Demonstrated commitment or interest in fostering operatic/musical education

Recipients of the NOA Lifetime Achievement Award are:

1998 Kirke Mechem
Robert Ward
Jack Beeson
Carlisle Floyd
Ruby Mercer
Rudolph Fellner
Thea Musgrave
Seymour Barab
Ruth Martin
Mary Elaine Wallace
Robert Gay
1999 Sherrill Milnes  
2001 Regina Resnick Jon Vickers
2002 Anna Moffo Robert Merrill
2003 Gilda Cruz-Romo  
2004 Dominick Argento Colin Graham
2005 Phyllis Curtin
Joseph Volpe
Beverly Sills
2006 David DiChiera  
2007 Ryan Edwards Matthew Epstein
2009 Marilyn Horne Evelyn Lear
2011 Jonathan Pell  
2013 Speight Jenkins  
2014 Johanna Meier  
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Speight Jenkins

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