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Tyne Daly and Ben Vereen lend their support for The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 11th Annual Gala

by Photo of Paul Hansen

Tyne Daly and Ben Vereen lend their support for The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s 11th Annual Gala

Tyne Daly and Ben Vereen lend their support for The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 11th Annual Gala

Martina Arroyo

A glittering crowd recently assembled at the Essex House on Central Park South to celebrate The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s 11th Annual Gala.   Ms. Arroyo is a world famous American soprano who was a recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.     She has had an illustrious career, having performed in virtually all of the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera,  La Scala and the Vienna State Opera.  She also made numerous recordings with such luminary conductors as Leonard Bernstein,   Zubin Mehta and Thomas Schippers.  

Born in 1937 in New York, Martina originally intended to be a teacher and graduated from Hunter College at the age of 19.  She won the Metropolitan Opera’s Auditions of the Air in 1958 and made her Carnegie Hall debut in the same year.  In 1965 she was greatly acclaimed when she stepped in at the Met at the last minute for an ailing soprano and sang the  title role of Aida.

In retirement Ms. Arroyo has been devoting her energies to her Foundation which prepares young singers to perform complete opera roles.   In the summer of 2016 the Foundation will  present two complete and fully staged operas in New York – Puccini’s La Boheme and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.  Honorary Benefit Committee members for the Gala included  Tyne Daly and Ben Vereen.  Also honored at the event was the musical group MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale - an organization founded by the legendary Robert Shaw) and the couture designer Joanna Mastroianni.  

As part of the festivities, an auction took place to support the Foundation. One of the prizes was a poker night with Martina, Marilyn Horne and Tyne Daly.  Now that is a poker game I  wish I could sit in on!


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