Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Renaissance Research Nation's Capital 'Conservatory Project' Assignment

'Renaissance Research Conservatory Project' Assignment:

A distinguished American conductor has posted a comment below suggesting that our Washington National Opera should consider staging American operas by American classical composers Deems Taylor, William Grant Still, Howard Hanson, Robert Ward, and Nicolas Flagello -- among others.

Which American operas would you like to see staged by our Washington National Opera in each of the upcoming 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20 seasons?

Remember, our Washington National Opera promised the Congress of the United States, and the American people, that it would stage one American opera each and every season.

Photo credits: Copyrighted materials. Some rights reserved. William Grant Still and Deems Taylor photos by the great American portrait photographer Carl Van Vechten and part of the Collection of the United States Library of Congress. With thanks.


Extra credit assignment: What do you think American President's Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy would have thought about the Washington National Opera's promise to the Congress of the United States and to the American people to produce one American opera each and every season?


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