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“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...
The 2010 Supreme Court luncheon. Bottom row (l-r): Eve Queler, David DiChiera, Martina Arroyo, Philip Glass. Top row (l-r): Justice Kagan, Justice Scalia, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Kennedy, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shikegawa. Photo by Michael G. Stewart After months of preparation, the 2011...
Katerina Souvorova. Photo by Alexandre Souvorova With a career that has spanned from the Bolshoi Opera to the Baltimore Opera, Katerina Souvorova has become something of a Jill-of-all-trades for the opera world. She is a performing pianist, coaches vocal students at Catholic University, and has...

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