The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 13th annual gala honors James Morris, a bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera; Ailyn Pérez, a Metropolitan Opera soprano; and Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, Tony Award-winning actors. Award presentations and a live auction will accompany a dinner, to be followed by dessert and a performance by young artists and special guests. The event is black tie optional.
The mission of the Martina Arroyo Foundation is to counsel young singers in the interpretation of roles for public performances. The foundation guides each singer through the preparation of an entire operatic role through a formal educational process that covers the background of the drama, the historical perspective, the psychological motivation of each character, and language proficiency.