The 80th Annual Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, November 21, 2014. This year "Brava, Jessye!" paid Tribute to soprano JESSYE NORMAN with a Spoken Tribute by Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Prize recipient DR. TONI MORRISON. Musical Tributes were performed by Latonia Moore, Dolora Zajick, and Susan Platts who is mentored by Ms. Norman. Photography by Celebrity Photo Journalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY © All Rights Reserved.
The Honored Guests included George Shirley, Lucine Amara, Martina Arroyo, Harolyn Blackwell, Gwendolyn Bradley, Lawrence Brownlee, Nico Castel, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Tyne Daly, Rosalind Elias, Marcello Giordani, Christine Goerke, Bill T. Jones, Isola Jones, Isabel Leonard, Catherine Malfitano, Kurt Masur, Angela Meade, Arthur Mitchell, Maurizio Muraro, Eric Owens, Anna Deavere Smith, Julie Taymor, Edward Villella, Mark Markham, Rufus Wainwright, and countless others. "Brava, Jessye!" was to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled “Stand Up Straight and Sing!”