Palm Beach Opera recently announced a $1 million gift from the Edward H. Benenson Foundation. The gift will fund the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program for the next four years and secure its position as a nationally recognized training program for emerging professional opera singers.
In recognition of the Foundation’s past and future generosity, the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program will be known as “The Benenson Young Artist Program.”
“I am immensely grateful to the Edward H. Benenson Foundation for their substantial gift,” said Palm Beach Opera General Director Daniel Biaggi. “The Young Artist Program is of vital significance to Palm Beach Opera’s success, and the Foundation’s commitment assures its future. Being able to give future opera stars the training and performance opportunities they need to grow into refined artists is paramount to a vibrant opera scene worldwide. ”
“Being associated with the Palm Beach Opera and seeing these wonderful young artists grow has given me a great amount of joy. I’m delighted that the Edward H. Benenson Foundation is able to help further their careers,” said Gladys Benenson, President of the Foundation.
The Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program is a stepping stone to a successful career as an opera singer for post-graduate and emerging singers. During their five-month residency in Palm Beach they develop and polish essential stagecraft and performance skills, aided by musical and career guidance from Palm Beach Opera’s experienced artistic staff. The Young Artists are Palm Beach Opera’s community ambassadors, performing throughout the area in education and outreach concerts as well as covering lead roles and performing comprimario roles on the mainstage.
Graduates of the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program have gone on to successful careers singing in major opera houses in the US and abroad including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Berlin State Opera, and Theater an der Wien.
Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents main stage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.