Beverly Sills - From First note to last

"I can sing 22 arias...I have an extraordinary voice for my age." - Interview on the Major Bowes Capitol Family Hour - November 19, 1939 (age 10)

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1960's

1969
Sills was given the nicknames "La Fenomena" (the phenomenon) and "Il Mostro" (the incomparable) by the Milanese after the opening night of "L'Assedio di Corinto" at La Scala on April 11.
 
1969
Grammy Nominee - Best Classcial Performance/Vocal Soloist - "Scenes and Arias from French Opera"
 

1970's

1970 Grammy Nominee - Best Classical Performance/Vocal Soloist - "Mozart and Strauss Arias"
 
1970
On October 27, President Richard Nixon appointed Sills to the National Council of the Arts, a body that plays a key role in determining how the funds of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities are spend.
 
1970
Musical America Magazine - Musician of the Year
 
1971
Europe's "Edison Award" for the Studio Recording of Massenet's "Manon". Julius Rudel,conductor. Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gerard Souzay, Gabriel Bacquier, Nico Castel, Michel Trempont, Patricia Kern, Michele Raynaud, Helia T'Hevan, artists. Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Opera Orchestra.
 
1972
Honorary Doctorate in Music from Temple University
 
1973
Handel Medallion Handel Medallion from New York City for achievement in the arts
 
1973
OHonorary Doctorate in Music from New York University and New England Conservatory of Music.
 
1974
Honorary Doctorate in Music from Harvard University
 
1975
Emmy Award in the Category Outstanding Classical Music Program for the television Special "Profile in Music: Beverly Sills Festival" that aired on Public Broadcast Station. The producer was Patricia Foy
 
1976
Grammy Award in the Category Best Classical Vocal Soloist in the recording of "Herbert: Music of Victor Herbert" at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards.
 
1977
Emmy Award Nominee in the Category Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music for the television show "Sills and Burnett at the Met" which aired on CBS. - Joe Hamilton, Producer; Carol Burnett, Star; Beverly Sills, Star.
 
1978
Grammy Award in the Category Best Opera Recording in the recording of Lehar's "The Merry Widow" Julius Rudel,conductor. George Sponhaltz & John Coveney, producers. Alan Titus & Beverly Sills,artists. New York City Opera Orchestra,orchestra.
 
1979
Sills received the Recording Industry Association of America Culture Award in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts and the entertainment community. The award was given at a dinner at the Washington Hilton on March 20.
 
1979
The first annual Pearl S. Buck Woman's Award was presented to Sills at New York's Plaza Hotel on April 22. The award, honoring a woman who has achieved success in the arts, government or business while rearing a family, was presented as part of the 15th-anniversary celebration of the Peal S. Buck Foundation.
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1980's

1980
Emmy Award Nominee in the category Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts for the television show "Beverly Sills in Concert" which aired on Public Broadcasting Station. - Thomas L. Merklinger, Executive Producer; Beverly Sills, Star
 
1980
Recipient of the Gold Baton Award, the American Symphony League's highest honor, given annually for distinguished service to music and the arts
 
1980
On February 1, President Jimmy Carter announced the members of his President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties. Sills was one of the 29 appointees.
 
1980
Recipient of The Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter. The ceremony took place at the White House on June 9.
 
1981
Emmy Award Nominee in the category Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts" for the television show " A Lincoln Center Special: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance" which aired on Public Broadcasting Station. - John Goberman, Producer; Beverly Sills, Star
 
1981
On June 5, President Ronald Reagan announced the appointees to his Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities, which included Sills. The Task Force was to recommend ways in which private support for the arts and humanities might be enhanced.
 
1982
B'nai B'rith Women gave Sills its Perlman Award for Human Advancement for the singer's work with the March of Dimes crusade against birth defects. The award was presented at the Sheraton Washington Hotel on February 21 as part of the BBW's biennial convention.
 
1985
Kennedy Center Honoree for her lifetime achievement and contribution to the arts.
 
1987
Sills was inducted into the Working Woman Magazine's Hall of Fame. The announcement, made on October 26, cited Sills' abilities as hands-on manager of the New York City Opera and as fund-raiser.
 
1989
Sills is inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, along with 19 others, including Maya Angelou and Madeleine Albright. The Women's Hall of Fame was established in 1969 in Seneca Falls, New York to honor the achievements of American women.
 
1989
The administration of Lincoln Center honors Sills' tenure at NYCO general director by establishing the Beverly Sills Award, allowing Sills to award $5000 to a member of the NYCO company once a year for five years. The first award was given in 1990 to Christopher Keene, Sills' successor as general manager.
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1990's

1990
President George Bush gave the National Medal of Arts to Sills in a ceremony at the White House on Sept. 10.
 
1994
Recipient of the Heinz Award for her lifetime contribution to the arts.
 
1994
Sills wins the Bess Wallace Truman Ward, established in 1990 to honor nationally know women who exemplify the character of Bess Truman, wife of President Harry Truman. The award was given at a ceremony on May 6 at the Truman High School in Independence, Missouri.
 
1997
Sills received the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award on April 6 on stage at the Benedum Center, the opera company's home, as part of its 13th annual Maecenas Benefit Gala. The award is given to those who embody the company's artistic vision.
 
1998
Recipient of the Multiple Sclerosis Hope Award for her contribution and work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 
1998
The American Jewish Historical Society presented its Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award to Beverly Sills at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan on April 26, 1998. The award, which has been presented only five times in the organization's 106-year history, honored Ms. Sills for a ''lifetime of achievement in the arts and humanitarian causes.'' The society is the oldest ethnic historical center in the United States, with  archives, a library and a museum containing the world's largest collection of materials depicting the Jewish experience in the United States.
 
1998
Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Commission honoring the Achievements of Women
 
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2000 - Present

2000
Recipient of the Order of Arts and Letter medal by the French Government for her vision and commitment to the arts.
 
2002
Recipient of the New York Heroes Award, the highest honor bestowed by the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy, given to individuals whose creative talents and accomplishments cross all musical boundaries.
 
2005
The Metropolitan Opera establishes the $50,000 Beverly Sills Artist Award for aspiring American singers.
 
2006
Recipient of New York University's Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City
 
2007
Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame
 
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