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Julius Rudel

Julius Rudel to be Honored with Distinguished Achievement Award
by Opera Index at its Annual Winter Gala Sunday, January 11, 2009

On Sunday, January 11, 2009, Opera Index will present its 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award to Julius Rudel at its annual Winter Gala to be held in the Grand Salon at the Jumeirah Essex House, the luxury hotel on Central Park South. Opera Index is a non-profit organization that since 1984 has boosted the careers of more than 250 young singers through its annual vocal competitions. Each year it also recognizes the opera legends of our time with its Distinguished Achievement Award.

The Opera Index Winter Gala is the highlight of the organization's year of activities. Under the artistic direction of celebrated opera soprano Elaine Malbin and hosted by New York City Opera dramaturg Cori Ellison, the Winter Gala is a black tie affair where attendees, including many opera and theater stars, will celebrate the extraordinary career of Julius Rudel and have the opportunity to hear Opera Index's major competition winners – the opera stars of tomorrow – accompanied by James Besser. The Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Rudel by his son, Anthony Rudel, writer, broadcaster, and classical music expert, whose new book Hello Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio has just been published by Harcourt.

Tickets for the Opera Index Winter Gala range from $300 to $1000 and will be available beginning mid-November by contacting Opera Index Executive Director Robert F. Crosby at or 212-721-9828. Read more about this at the Opera Index website: