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"Why do people need opera? To feel that they are people, human. Opera, like no other art form, 'talks, sings' to people using a language of noble emotions, without triviality, and teaches us important lessons without moralizing. The beauty of the music is intensified by acting, and the...
"... I grew up with an open mind and an open spirit and I think that’s extremely important for any young person and particularly an artist who then wants to play other characters and open their thoughts to being another person."-- Martina Arroyo Want to hear more from Martina Arroyo...
“I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together, and to tell a universal story through the arts.” -- Laurie Rubin Click here for the full Art Talk with Laurie Rubin. Want to hear more from singers? Check out our...
“On a civic level, especially in areas needing revitalization, art works to give citizens a sense of pride and shared investment in their community.” — Renée Fleming Did you know that Renée Fleming had planned to be a jazz singer? Lucky for us “The People’s Diva...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2011 NEA Opera Honoree Robert Ward. When Ward passed away last April, the world of opera lost one of its most remarkable composers. However, Ward didn't limit himself to composition: he spread his talents throughout the musical realm, working as a music...
Two singers face each other, microphone in hand. In the background is the band
The usually hushed voices of visitors to the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery gave way to soaring sopranos and tender tenors this past September as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)...
"I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together.' --- Laurie Rubin Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has been blind since birth. While her disability has at times proved challenging in her chosen profession, it hasn't...
Rehearsal for Fallujah . From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as "Lalo," Nickolas Meyer as "Rocks," Christopher Mayell as "Taylor," and Ken Lavigne as "Philip." Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret)...
This week's podcast celebrates opera in America and the 2011 NEA Opera Honorees who are receiving their award tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Washington DC’s Harmon Hall. (It’s going to be webcast live--- click here to join us ). The NEA’s partner in the awards ceremony is OPERA...

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