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NEA and opera

Sondra Radvanovsky. Image courtesy of Ms. Radvanovsky "Singing really is my drug of choice!" --- Sondra Radvanovsky According to Illinois native Sondra Radvanovsky , she fell in love with music thanks to a timely purchase by her mother of a Karen Carpenter record. Music is still...
New York City, New York Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera, in the HD truck. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Today we're talking with Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, about why you don't need to be in New York City to attend a performance...
Washington, DC David DiChiera is intricately tied to the city of Detroit, Michigan. Starting his academic career at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan---north of Detroit---DiChiera started the program Overture to Opera in 1963 to introduce audiences to opera by producing scenes in English...
Washington, DC Composer John Adams at the 2009 NEA Opera Honors celebration. Photo by Henry Grossman In 2009 composer John Adams was honored in our second class of NEA Opera Honorees. More than 20 years earlier, having just written his first opera, Nixon in China , Adams contributed an essay to an...
Washington, DC Martina Arroyo's career is so dramatic it could be an opera. Growing up in Harlem, she first worked as a teacher and social worker before auditioning at the Metropolitan Opera (unsuccessfully the first time; winning the radio competition the second). Her big break was replacing...