SOLDIER SONGS has been awarded OPERA America’s inaugural Award for Digital Excellence in Opera, recognizing the best work created for digital platforms by individual producers and organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

Audiences are invited to watch the winning projects at Videos will be available for a limited time through February 5, 2023. Videos of the finalist projects will be available through December 7, 2022.

The Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera are made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, with special gratitude to foundation trustees, Joe Erdman and Melissa Young.

“With the Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera, we celebrate a new vehicle for creating, distributing, and experiencing opera,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “Opera on digital platforms — a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic — has proven to be an invaluable addition to the field, inviting new levels of innovation and service to audiences. We are pleased to be able to share these remarkable projects with the public.”

OPERA America received applications from 93 organizations and 24 individuals for the inaugural awards, representing work from 24 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Expert judges reviewed the submissions and identified 14 finalists across the four categories.