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Urban Arias Opera Company

Contemporary opera for contemporary audiences.

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Composer, Conductor, and 2009 NEA Opera Honoree

Creating American music that’s intense, sensual, and meaningful.

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Director and Playwright

Tazewell Thompson may be wowing critics and audiences with his direction of the opera Appomattox, but he’s an equally brilliant theater director and playwright.

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Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn
Artistic Directors of Squonk Opera

Find out about the artistic exuberance that is Squonk Opera.

NEA Director of Music and Opera

Meet a woman who crawled under barbed wire to get on a professional stage.

Historian

Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30-minute concert by Marian Anderson that helped move a nation forward.

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Jane Chu

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Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.

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Robert Ward

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Composer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree

Toward the end of his life, Robert Ward discussed his remarkable career in music. [29:15]

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Marc Scorca

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President and CEO of Opera America

Marc Scorca celebrates opera in America and the 2011 NEA Opera Honorees. [31:02]

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Kerry Henderson

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Baritone, Executive Director of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Kerry Henderson talks about co-creating a festival from scratch in a small mountain town with little money and a lot of help from friends and neighbors. [25:31]

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