Soprano Janai Brugger wins Marian Anderson Vocal Award

4 March 2016

American soprano Janai Brugger is unstoppable: this week, she wins the prestigious Marian Anderson Vocal Award, only a few months after being listed by Opera News as one of their ‘top 25 Brilliant Young Artists’.

The prize is awarded on an annual basis by Washington National Opera (WNO) and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honour the achievements and memory of contralto Marian Anderson. It consists of a $10,000 cash prize and recital at the Kennedy Center, which has been scheduled for September 8, 2016. Additionally, Ms Brugger will establish an educational residency at the opera workshop program of Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The rising star was absolutely thrilled to learn she was the winner of the distinguished award: ‘“I am delighted and humbled to receive such a prestigious award that honours one of my heroes! I can only hope to continue the legacy that Ms. Anderson started!”

The Marian Anderson Vocal Award is not the first award to acknowledge Ms Brugger’s exceptional vocal qualities: In 2012 she was the winner of Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition, taking all three prizes, and also won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Read more about the award and Ms Brugger’s impressive career so far in WNO’s press release.

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