Thursday, October 21, 2010

National Opera Week 2010

It's that time again, Chickadees! National Opera Week is coming!

From October 29 through November 7, OPERA America, the National Endowment for the Arts and opera organizations across the United States invite you to participate in a variety of fun, free activities such as backstage tours, flash performances and YouTube contests.

National Opera Week celebrates the vitality of opera in America as a contemporary cultural expression. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through a variety of free and accessible activities for opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. Coinciding with the presentation of the NEA Opera Honors in Washington, D.C., organizations nationwide offer a range of free programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts. From open houses, lecture/demonstrations and community performances to the presentation of the nation’s highest award in the field, National Opera Week brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a broader national audience (see below for examples).

National Opera Week is an opportunity to highlight the astounding energy and creativity of opera activity across the United States today,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president & CEO of OPERA America. “There is something for everyone during National Opera Week, providing both the seasoned attendee and newcomer a chance to learn about, experience and enjoy the art form in an informal setting.”

In addition to celebrating the exciting ongoing opera activity in the United States, National Opera Week honors the outstanding careers of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors recipients: Soprano Martina Arroyo, General Director David DiChiera, Composer Philip Glass and Music Director Eve Queler. The 2010 NEA Opera Honors will take place tomorrow - October 22nd - at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

For more information about National Opera Week, please visit Opera America's website. To learn more about the NEA Opera Honors, including current and past recipients, please visit www.neaoperahonors.org.

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