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Angel Award 2017

2017 ANGEL Award Recipient

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Sarah Billinghurst SolomonSarah Billinghurst Solomon

Sarah Billinghurst Solomon retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2014 after a distinguished 42 year career in opera administration.  Her career began at the San Francisco Opera in 1972 as assistant to the artistic administrator.  Sarah was named artistic administrator in 1982.  In addition to her duties as artistic administrator she undertook numerous special projects including co-productions with the Kirov Opera and producing concerts, recitals and special presentations sponsored by the San Francisco Opera.  In August of 1994, Ms. Billinghurst Solomon became the Assistant General Manager, Artistic of the Metropolitan Opera.  There she worked with the General Manager, Joe Volpe followed by Peter Gelb, and Music Director, James Levine on the planning and casting of present and future seasons.  She was also responsible for supervising the artistic budget, and directing the company’s artistic and music staff departments which include the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and National Council Auditions.  Ms. Billinghurst Solomon also organized the Kirov Opera and Ballet Festivals at the Metropolitan Opera, the tour of the Met Opera to Japan, the MET Orchestra’s tours in Europe and the United States, and the Orchestra’s annual season at Carnegie Hall.  Special events she has organized include the James Levine 25th Anniversary Gala, the Joe Volpe Gala, the annual Pension Fund Concerts, the Metropolitan Opera’s New Year’s Eve Galas, and the Met’s anniversary celebrations - honoring artists such as tenors Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. 

Sarah Billinghurst Solomon retired from The Metropolitan Opera as the Assistant General Manager, Artistic in July of 2014.  She is currently serving on the boards of the Mariinsky Foundation, The Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The English Concert in America, International Women’s Health Coalition and is currently the Chair for the Women’s Health Care Council at Columbia University Medical Center.

Sarah was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, and is a graduate of Victoria University with a degree in political science.  She is married to Howard Solomon and is the mother of a son, Alexander and a daughter, Rebecca.  In May 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in music from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.  

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