Performance Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 9 PM

Julio Iglesias

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time in 25 years for a one-night-only performance. This concert is part of the 2014 Medal of Excellence Gala, honoring legendary fashion icon and philanthropist Oscar de la Renta.


  • Julio Iglesias

  • with Special Guest Artist
    Vittorio Grigolo


  • Julio Iglesias

    Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of his 80 releases worldwide, which make him the best-selling Latin artist in history. Throughout an unstoppable career that spans 46 years, he has received 2,600 platinum and gold records, and has performed more than 5,000 concerts in 600 cities around the world with a combined audience of over 60 million people. In 1983, the Guinness Book of World Records honored him with a one-time Diamond Disk Award, recognizing Mr. Iglesias as the artist who has sung and recorded in the most languages in the history of music.

    Mr. Iglesias has collaborated in duet with such acclaimed artists as Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Plácido Domingo, Dolly Parton, Art Garfunkel, Paul Anka, Charles Aznavour, Sting, The Beach Boys, and Alejandro Fernández.

    Mr. Iglesias has earned awards, accolades, and honors from around the globe. He won a Grammy Award in 1988, followed one year later with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also the recipient of an American Music Award and the prestigious ASCAP Pied Piper Award-the highest award of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, whose past awardees include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barbra Streisand. In 1989, Mr. Iglesias was named UNICEF Special Ambassador for the Performing Arts, a title he holds with much affection and respect, and which he continues to carry in great esteem. He is the only foreign artist honored by China's Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his record-breaking album sales in that country. In 2007, France awarded Mr. Iglesias the decoration of Knight of the Legion of Honour; three years later, he received Spain's Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts.

    Last April in Beijing, Mr. Iglesias was named the First and Most Popular International Artist of All Time in China, an award that was presented to him by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. He was also named the Best-Selling Male Latin Artist in History by the Guinness World Records.

    Julio Iglesias is one of the first five artists inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, inaugurated in Miami last April. He also received La Musa Award on that occasion. In 2012, he received a Gold Medal from the Community of Madrid, the city in which he was born.

    Mr. Iglesias's current world tour includes performances on several continents in countries such as Panama, the United States, Nicaragua, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom (two concerts at Royal Albert Hall), Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Lebanon, Israel, Monaco, Spain, and more to follow.

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  • Vittorio Grigolo

    Italy announces a formidable return to the opera stage with the young Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo. His exceptional vocal and dramatic talents have been widely praised since his 2010 debut at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Chevalier des Grieux in Manon.

    Born in Arezzo, Tuscany, and raised in Rome, Mr. Grigolo was only four years old when he discovered his passion for music; a few years later, he was made a soloist in the Sistine Chapel Choir. Having made his debut as the Shepherd in Tosca at the age of 13, he began his vocal training in earnest; at 23, he became the youngest tenor ever to perform at La Scala, Milan. Within a few years, he was appearing around the world under the batons of Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Antonio Pappano, and others.

    Mr. Grigolo's repertoire includes leading roles from Italian and French operas such as La traviata, La bohème, Rigoletto, L'elisir d'amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Manon, Les contes d'Hoffmann, and many others. As one of the leading tenors of his generation, he now performs in the world's most prestigious opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera; Opéra Bastille in Paris; and Vienna State Opera, among others.

    Mr. Grigolo brings the same passion and energy into his live concert performances, including the 2013 Concert pour la prise de la Bastille that took place under the Eiffel Tower with an audience of more than 800,000 people.

    His big screen appearances include Andrea Andermann's 2010 highly acclaimed, worldwide live broadcast of Rigoletto from Mantua, where Mr. Grigolo performed the leading tenor role of the Duke of Mantua alongside Plácido Domingo's portrayal of Rigoletto. He was also a part of the Metropolitan Opera's recent Live in HD broadcast of La bohème to 66 countries around the world.

    Mr. Grigolo has been honored with recognitions that include the European Border Breakers Award for his first solo album In the Hands of Love (Polydor), a 2010 Diapason d'Or de l'Année for his album The Italian Tenor, and a 2011 ECHO Klassik. He was also winner of the Best Tenor award in 2011 from Italy's L'opera magazine for his performance as the Chevalier des Grieux in Manon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    This May will see the release of Vittorio Grigolo's new album The Romantic Hero (Sony Classical), a collection of his favorite French arias.

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Honorary Gala Chair
Sanford I. Weill
Chairman, Carnegie Hall


Gala Chairs
Mercedes T. Bass
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Annette de la Renta
Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller
The Charles Engelhard Foundation
Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis
Ralph and Ricky Lauren
Catie and Donald Marron
Frank and Haydee Rainieri
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Anna Wintour 

Gala Details

6:30 PM  
Cocktail Reception
The Plaza
7 PM  
Dinner and Award Ceremony
The Plaza
9 PM  
Concert Performance
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Festive Cocktail Attire


Carnegie Hall is proud to honor legendary fashion icon Oscar de la Renta with the seventh Medal of Excellence in recognition of his internationally renowned business leadership and exceptional philanthropy.

The gala evening begins with a dinner and award program in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza. Guests then proceed to Carnegie Hall for a concert by renowned singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

The proceeds raised for the gala will directly support Carnegie Hall's artistic and educational programs in recognition of Mr. de la Renta's incomparable contributions to New York and around the world.

Gala Benefit Tickets

Gala dinner tables start at $15,000, which includes a table of 10 and Parquet seating at the concert. Individual gala tickets are also available at $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000. All gala table and tickets include a partially tax-deductible donation. Please note that exact seating assignments will not be determined until the month of the event.


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Underwriting support provided by Grupo Puntacana
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