Today is officially the beginning of National Opera Week 2009! So pull out those Wagnerian horns from your costume box and wear them proud. (Note: this is a stereotype, not all opera singers wear horns... some carry magic flutes, others heavy axes!) Here in DC, home of the Washington National Opera, there is plenty to see (and hear) for opera's sake.
Saturday, November 14th at 7:30 pm the National Endowment for the Arts (see 700.973 N277 - "NEA: A History 1965-2008") hosts the 2009 Opera Honors at Harman Center for the Arts. This year's honorees include composer John Adams, notable for his contemporary operas "Nixon in China" (CD 782.1 A214N2 and score M782.1 A214N) and "Death of Klinghoffer" (CD 782.1 A214D).
For those of you who are looking to save a buck, there are several FREE events this week for people of all ages. You can hear live opera, see an orchestral rehearsal at the Kennedy Center, or participate in the Ward 7 Community Arts Collaboration. Check out www.operaamerica.org for more information.
Whether a well-schooled opera buff or a green-thumbed beginner, we have plenty of resources in the Arts and Humanities Division here at MLK. Take a look at the "National Opera Week" Display in the West Lobby of the second floor! My personal favorites are "Great Operatic Disasters" (782.1 V637) and "Opera Adaptations" (741.5973 R966AD), a collection of famous opera stories adapted into graphic novels.