The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. It was created to help further recipients' careers, including funding for voice lessons, vocal coaching, language lessons, related travel costs, and other professional assistance.
Meade made her Met debut in 2008 as Elvira in Verdi's Ernani, a role she repeats this season in a revival opening February 2. She has also sung the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (2009), as well as the title role in Donizetti's Anna Bolena earlier this season.
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