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The Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala 2016 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala, JW Marriott Essex House, New York, November 7, 2016. Honorees: Actress & singer Christine Ebersole, fashion designer Adrienne Landau, and composer & musical arranger Jeanine Tesori.


Opera spinto soprano Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Martina Arroyo was born in New York City on February 2, 1937. A spinto soprano who had a major international opera career from the 1960s through the 1980s. She was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success, and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. She made her début on the opera stage at the Metropolitan Opera on March 14, 1959 rising to prominence at the Zurich Opera 1963–1965 after becoming one of the Metropolitan Opera’s leading sopranos 1965–1978. Martina was notably the first black person to portray the role of “Elsa” in Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin in 1968, not just at the MET, but in all of opera history. She was also a regular presence at the world’s greatest opera houses including La Scala, Covent Garden, Teatro Colón, Opéra National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, to name just a few. She is best known for her performances of the Italian spinto repertoire, and in particular, her portrayals of Verdi and Puccini heroines. Her last opera performance was in 1991, after which she has devoted her time to teaching singing. She has received countless awards and accolades. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Opera Honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, and received a Kennedy Center Honor on December 8, 2013. She founded The Martina Arroyo Foundation June 2003.
Website: http://www.martinaarroyofdn.org/

Photography by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.


Plácido Domingo and Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


Opera spinto soprano Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


Opera spinto soprano Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


Opera spinto soprano Martina Arroyo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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