Denyce Graves Awarded Opera for Peace Prize at International Opera Awards

12th May 2021

We at Opera for Peace are very proud to announce that this year’s Opera for Peace Prize in collaboration with the International Opera Awards 2021 has been awarded to an immense artist: American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.


Denyce’s career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls, and she continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as “an operatic superstar of the 21st century,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, “If the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves.”


She has recently created the Denyce Graves Foundation which has taken a lead role in educating the public about the historic National Negro Opera Company and its remarkable founder, Mary Cardwell Dawson – all in connection with the effort underway to preserve and restore the original Pittsburgh headquarters known as the National Opera House, now on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of its Most Endangered Historic Places in America.


The Denyce Graves Foundation