Says Jenkins, "I am honored to be a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, one of the leading music schools in the nation. It was particularly gratifying to me have been nominated for this award by Luretta Bybee, one of the distinguished and versatile artists who have often appeared at Seattle Opera."
Speight Jenkins with Luretta Bybee and NEC President Tony Woodcock.
Bybee, a mezzo-soprano and the Executive Director and Chair of Opera Studies at the NEC, made her Seattle Opera debut in the 1990 production of War and Peace, and has appeared in a dozen roles since then, including leading roles and supporting characters. In 2004, she sang both the title role in Carmen and the small part of Wowkle (in Puccini's Fanciulla del West) for Seattle Opera. Bybee was most recently seen in Seattle as Amanda in the world premiere of Amelia last year.
Have a look at a few pictures from this special day, below:
Speight Jenkins with his fellow honorees. From left to right: Steve Reich, Jenkins, Jorja Fleezanis, and Leo Treitler.
Bybee adorns Jenkins with the cowl during the graduation ceremony.
Jenkins receives his honorary doctorate and shakes the hand of NEC President Tony Woodcock.
Many thanks to NEC and photographer Miro Vintoniv for photos.