Voice Instructor Claudia Pinza was the recipient of the Renaissance Award during the Pittsburgh Opera's Maecenas XXXII Gala. The gala took place at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District on May 14. Held in anticipation of the Pittsburgh Opera's production next spring of The Summer King: The Josh Gibson Story, the event also featured Pirates owners Bob Nutting and Frank Coonelly. According to the Post-Gazette,
"…Claudia Pinza, an expert in the Italian Bel Canto and former leading soprano with the Metropolitan Opera…recounted how her father, Ezio Pinza, was Emile de Becque in South Pacific, which was considered a risk at the time because he was an opera singer. But, he stole the show with his rendition of 'Some Enchanted Evening' and set the tone for Ms. Pinza’s legacy. 'We must keep opera alive in Pittsburgh! I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent,' she said to a standing ovation."
Congratulations to Claudia Pinza for this much deserved recognition and for her ongoing work to keep opera a vital artistic force.