FPA 2024 Cultural Diplomacy Dinner

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Thursday, May 9, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
St. Regis Hotel
2 East 55th Street
New York, NY
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Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association’s 2024 Cultural Diplomacy Dinner honoring Peter Gelb, General Manager, Metropolitan Opera; Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall; Susan Jaffe, Artistic Director & Interim Executive Director, America Ballet Theater; and Ian Wardropper, Director, the Frick Collection.

The Cutural Dipomacy Dinner will be held at the St. Regis Hotel. The dinner reception starts at 6:00pm with the dinner and awards ceremony to follow at 7:00pm. 

For questions about tickets, please contact [email protected] 

Dress Code: Business Attire 

Event Speakers

    • Peter Gelb - Honoree
      General Manager, Metropolitan Opera

      Peter Gelb’s career has followed a singular arc that began with his teenage years as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera and led to his appointment, in August 2006, as the storied company’s 16th general manager. Now in his sixth year at the helm at the Met, Mr. Gelb began to launch initiatives aimed at revitalizing opera and connecting it to a wider audience since the start of his tenure. One of his fundamental goals is to recruit the world’s great theater directors to enhance the theatricality of the Met’s productions and complement the extraordinary musical standards established by Music Director James Levine. Mr. Gelb is also committed to securing more engagements each season from the world’s top singers. One of the most successful and groundbreaking of his new initiatives is The Met: Live in HD, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live performance transmissions shown in high definition in movie theaters. The series has sold nearly eight million tickets since its inception in December 2006 and in the 2011–12 season will be seen on more than 1,700 screens in more than 54 countries across six continents.

    • Sir Clive Gillinson - Honoree
      Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

      Clive Gillinson became the Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in July 2005, having been appointed the previous season. He is responsible for developing the artistic concepts for Carnegie Hall presentations in its three halls—the celebrated Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage (cap. 2804), innovative Zankel Hall (cap. 600), and intimate Weill Recital Hall (cap. 268)—representing up to 170 performances each season, ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, solo recitals, to jazz, world, and popular music. He oversees the management of all aspects of the world-renowned venue, including strategic and artistic planning, resource development, education, finance, and administration and operations for the Weill Music Institute, which, every year, taps the resources of Carnegie Hall to bring music education and social impact programs to more than 800,000 people in the New York City metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world, in addition to many more online.

    • Susan Jaffe - Honoree
      Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre

      Declared by the New York Times as “America’s quintessential American ballerina,” Susan Jaffe led a renowned career as principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for 22 years. She performed on the international stage with the Royal Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet and the English National Ballet. Her versatility as a dancer brought acclaimed interpretations to ballet classics like Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as to the dramatic works of Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, John Cranko, Ronald Hynd and Kenneth MacMillian. After retiring from the stage in 2002, Ms. Jaffe served as an advisor to the chairman of the board of ABT until 2007, and became an ABT Rehearsal Director in 2010. Additionally, in 2003, she co-founded and co -directed Princeton Dance and Theater Studio and DanceVision in Princeton New Jersey. In 2012, Ms. Jaffe was appointed Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC – a position she held for eight years. In July 2020, Ms. Jaffe took the helm as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director. Now Ms. Jaffe is the Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre.

    • Ian Wardropper - Honoree
      Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, Frick Collection

      Ian Wardropper has served as the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director of The Frick Collection since the fall of 2011. After completing his Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, he was curator and later Head of the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Ancient Art at The Art Institute of Chicago for nineteen years, until returning to New York in 2001 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He has organized over twenty exhibitions in his specialties of European sculpture, earlier decorative arts, and twentieth-century design and decorative arts. He has taught art history at six universities and published numerous books, catalogues, and articles.  His most recent publications include European Sculpture, 1400-1900, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, Limoges Enamels at The Frick Collection, and Director’s Choice: The Frick Collection.

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