American mezzo Vivica Genaux received the Christopher Keene Award from New York City Opera on 17 April 2007. The award, created in 1998 in memory of City Opera's general director (1989-1995), is worth US$ 5,000, and is given annually to an artist performing in new or unusual repertoire. In this case, according to Robin Thompson, New York City Opera's Associate Artistic Director, the award recognised Genaux's achievement in the role of Juno/Ino in Semele.
Vivica Genaux has just made her feature film début in Fracture, a thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, and directed by Gregory Hobbit. Characters in the film attend a Genaux recital, filmed at Walt Disney Hall, and she is seen and heard singing 'Ombra fedele anch'io' from Idaspe (1730) by Riccardo Broschi. Fracture will be released on 20 April 2007 in the USA, 27 April in Italy and the UK, 9 May in Belgium and France, 10 May in Australia and Denmark and 17 May 2007 in Germany.
Posted: 19 April 2007
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