ARTHUR L. JOHNSON
Martina Arroyo, 2017 Award Recipient
7:00 – 7:50pm
Born in New York’s Harlem in 1937, soprano Martina Arroyo is admired internationally for her operatic roles, oratorio and recital performances, recordings, teaching, and commitment to young artists development. Arroyo has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages – New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, and the Buenos Aires Teatro Colón. Famous for her interpretations of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Mozart, the name Martina Arroyo is synonymous with music-making of the highest order. After winning a Met Audition in 1958, Ms. Arroyo substituted for an ailing Birgit Nilsson in 1965 in the role of Aïda, launching a decades-long career there in all major Verdi roles as well as Donna Anna, Cio-Cio-San, Liù, Santuzza, Gioconda, and Elsa. In 2003 she established the Martina Arroyo Foundation which assists emerging artists in the preparation of complete operatic roles.