Thursday, September 17, 2009

National Opera Week

According to a press release from Patricia Kiernan Johnson at OPERA America:

November 13 – 22, 2009

Opera has become such a vital part of the American musical fabric, that over 90 companies & organizations from Alaska to Texas, from New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between (32 states to be exact/see attachment for full list), will be participating in and celebrating the first ever NATIONAL OPERA WEEK from November 13-22, 2009. NATIONAL OPERA WEEK is organized by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

NATIONAL OPERA WEEK will officially be launched with the presentation of the 2009 NEA Opera Honors to Marilyn Horne, John Adams, Frank Corsaro, Lotfi Mansouri and Julius Rudel on November 14 at the Harman Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C..

The National Opera Week celebration will reach from coast to coast with over 90 opera companies from 32 states (plus the District of Columbia). These opera companies will offer a range of free programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts and will be accessible to both opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. These events, showcasing the strength and diversity of established companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs, will range from open houses, lectures/demonstrations and community performances to the presentation of the nation’s highest award in the field, the NEA Opera Honors. National Opera Week has been created to bring the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a broader national audience (see attachment for examples).

Other noteworthy events of National Opera Week include in New York City the fifth annual Opera News Awards on November 19; the November 22 annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, showcasing some of today’s most promising young singers; the New York City Opera dedicating all performances from November 14-22 to National Opera Week, with special tributes to Julius Rudel and Frank Corsaro; and the Metropolitan Opera providing special free access to Met performances available on Met Player, the company’s new online streaming service, during National Opera Week.
Now, THIS is progress! Great work!

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