Speight Jenkins, director of Seattle Opera, is one of four recipients of the national 2011 Opera Honors awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The honors are the highest national award in opera, and come with a $25,000 monetary award. The other honorees are stage designer John Conklin, mezzo soprano Risë Stevens and composer Robert Ward. All four will be presented with the honors in a ceremony on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.
“These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman.
The NEA Opera Honors are nominated each year by the public and chosen by an NEA-convened panel of opera experts. Past honorees include composers Carlisle Floyd, Philip Glass and John Adams, singers Marilyn Horne and Leontyne Price, and conductor James Levine.
For more information, see www.nea.gov