Leaders in the opera industry would be remiss to not acknowledge the financial need many artists are currently facing.

An unprecedented amount of performers are out of work due to COVID-19, but that doesn't mean their operatic training (along with all of the expenses that go along with major careers in opera) stops all together. 

Enter Marc and Eva Stern, two of LA Opera's most generous supporters who have been involved in nearly every aspect of the company over many years. Marc Stern, the company's board chairman of 20 years, and his wife Eva wanted to give back to the operatic community in an incredibly special way. 

The Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award provides extra assistance to rising talent in this beloved industry, and intends to recognize the lasting artistry of those who have contributed to the company's creative endeavors in a significant way. While this year's award was split between five incredible artists, future awards will be given to one or two honorees annually in the springtime. Recipients of the award were selected by members of LA Opera's artistic staff in consultation with Marc and Eva Stern. 

Watch the video below to learn even more about this incredible award.