Academic and Professional Titles

2017 Hugo-Wolf-Medaille for Thomas Hampson & Wolfram Rieger for their outstanding achievements in the art of song interpretation
2015 Honorary Doctorate from New England Conservatory
2015 “Award for Cultural Diplomacy” by American Ambassador Philip T. Reeker in Milan
2014 Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award by Opera Tampa (sponsored by Charles A and Faith S Simmons)
2013 Honorary Professor at University of Heidelberg (Faculty of Philosophy)
2013 Recipient of the first “Venetian Heritage Award”
2013 Inducted to Gramophone’s 2013 Hall of Fame
2013  “Goldenes Ehrenzeichen” of the City of Salzburg
2013 “International Mendelssohn-Prize” award in the category music
2012 Met Mastersinger Award
2012 Erwin Piscator Preis
2011 Concertgebouw Prize
2010 Library of Congress Living Legend Award
2010 Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2010 Award in recognition of “extraordinary artistic achievement, personal generosity and unique contribution to singers everywhere” from the International Vocal Arts Institute
2009 Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts from the Third Street Music School Settlement
2009 Honorary Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music
2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from The Atlantic Council
2008 Opera News Award for distinguished achievement from The Metropolitan Opera Guild
2008 Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America to the Library of Congress and Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress
2006 Officer of the Order “Pro Merito Melitensi” of the Order of Malta
2005 Honorary Member of the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft
Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Class III – Arts)
Honorary Chairman of RISM-Austria
2004 Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst (Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences) from the Republic of Austria
Honorary Member of the “Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper”
2003 Board Member of International Gustav Mahler Society
2002 Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic
of France
2000 Honorary Doctorate of Music, San Francisco Conservatory
Alumnus of the Year, University of Southern California
1999 Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper
Gustav Mahler Medal in Gold, International Gustav Mahler Society
1998 Adventist Alumni Achievement Award
1997 Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
Citation for Lifetime Achievement in Music and Education, National Arts Club, NY
1996 Honorary Member of Royal Academy of Music, London (HONRAM)
1994 Puccini Foundation Achievement Award
Distinguished Alumni Award (1st recipient), Music Academy of the West
1993 Honorary Doctor of Music, Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, Spokane
1992 Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Washington University
1990 Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Southern California School of Music
1984 Distinguished Alumni Award in Recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments,
Eastern Washington University
1981 First Prize, Metropolitan Opera Auditions
1979 Lotte Lehmann Medal, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, Spokane, Washington
1978 Young Artist Award (Voice Division) & Grand Award (Highest Achievement), Greater Spokane Music and’ Allied Arts Festival
1977 Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Washington University at Cheney,

Recording and Music Industry Awards

2017 “Le nozze di Figaro” wins Echo Klassik 2017 for Best Opera Recording
2011 “Singer of the Year”, Echo Klassik (Germany) for “Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
2008 Deutscher Schallplatten Prize
2005 Edison Award for Life Achievement
2003 Verdi, “Falstaff” (DG, Claudio Abbado)
Edison Award
2002 Wagner, “Tannhäuser” (Teldec, Daniel Barenboim)
Grammy Award, Best Opera RecordingArtist of the month, Yahoo Germany
2000 Szymanowski, “Krol Roger” (EMI, Simon Rattle)
Gramophone Award, Best Opera Recording
Diapason d’Or
Caecilia Prize
Classic CD Award
1999 Szymanowski, “Krol Roger”
Choc du Monde de la MusiqueBernstein, “Wonderful Town” (EMI, Simon Rattle)
Diapason d’Or
1997 Schubert, “Winterreise” (EMI, Wolfgang Sawallisch)
Choc du Monde de la MusiqueEMI Special Achievement Award – Artist of the Year
Yahoo “Five Star Web Site” for
Various Internet Awards including “Cool Site of the Month” for “I Hear America Singing” (
1996 “German Arias” (EMI, Fabio Luisi)
Grand Prix du Disque“Best Male Singer”, Echo Klassik (Germany)
Excellence Citation, St. Paul Sunday Morning American Song Broadcast Peabody Broadcasting Award
1995 Barber, “Secrets of the Old” – Complete Songs (DG, Cheryl Studer, John Browning)
Classic CD Best Vocal RecitalBBC Magazine Best Vocal Recital
Grammy Nomination“Singer of the Year”, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis
1994 Mahler, “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (Teldec, Geoffrey Parsons)
Toblacher Komponierhäuschen AwardBarber, “Secrets of the Old”
Grammy Award nomination
Gramophone Award, Best Vocal RecordingBernstein, On the Town (DG, Michael Tilson Thomas)
Gramophone Awards, Best Musical & Best Video“Best Male Vocalist”, Cannes Classical Award
1993 Thomas, “Hamlet” (EMI, Antonio de Almeida)
Grand Prix du Disque, Académie Charles Gros
Palmares des Palmares, Nouvelle Académie du DisqueWagner, “Götterdämmerung” (EMI, Bernard Haitink)
Edison Award“Male Singer of the Year”, Classical Music Awards
1992 Mahler, Rückert-Lieder, “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”, “Kindertotenlieder” (DG, Leonard Bernstein)Edison Award Rossini & Meyerbeer, Songs (EMI, Geoffrey Parsons)Grand Prix du Disque Delius, “Sea Drift” (London/Decca, Charles Mackerras)
Grammy Award nomination
Schubert, “Fierrabras” (DG, Claudio Abbado)
Grammy Award nomination“Stern des Jahres”, Solo Recital, Münchener Abendzeitung
“Vocalist of the Year”, Musical America
1991 Mahler, Rückert-Lieder, “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”, “Kindertotenlieder” (DG, Leonard Bernstein)
Grammy Award nomination
1990 Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” by various composers (Teldec, Geoffrey Parsons)
Grand Prix du Disque, Académie Charles Gros
Deutscher Schallplattenpreis
Edison Award
International Records Critics Award
Grammy Award nomination
1988 Puccini, “La Bohème” (DG, Leonard Bernstein)
Grammy Award nomination