The Verdi Bust Award
The Society periodically presents a bust of Giuseppe Verdi to outstanding artists and other emissaries of opera. Past recipients of the Verdi bust are: sopranos Shirley Verrett and Janet Williams; mezzosopranos Cecilia Bartoli and Irina Mishura; tenors Luciano Pavarotti and George Shirley; bassos Ara Berberian and Michele Pertusi; conductors Leslie Dunner and Suzanne Mallare-Acton; and Michigan Opera Theatre's Director David DiChiera and the Director of MOT's Community Programs Karen VanderKloot DiChiera.

"Libiamo, libiamo", from La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi
(Archive recording from a Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan live performance)


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Conductor Steven Mercurio