The Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award celebrates, supports, and propels the artistry of rising opera singers in the industry.

The Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award recognizes artists with deep connections to LA Opera and serves as an expression of gratitude for past, present, and future contributions to the company's creative endeavors. The honorific prize will assist artists with the many significant expenses required by a professional career in opera, including language studies, travel, coaching and preparation.

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This new award was created with the intention of recognizing one or two artists each year for extraordinary artistic service. However, in consideration of the unparalleled financial peril endured by performing artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's $50,000 prize money has been divided between five outstanding singers: soprano Angel Blue, soprano Janai Brugger, bass-baritone Craig Colclough, tenor Joshua Guerrero and mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey.

Learn more about the award, its recipients, and its founders below.