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Free tickets offered for NEA Opera Honors

Set your personal alarms for 10 a.m. Monday. That's when free tickets will be distributed to a program saluting recipients of the first NEA Opera Honors -- billed as the highest national recognition in the opera field -- on Oct. 31. The lineup includes the electrifying soprano Leontyne Price; James Levine, the exceptional music director of the Metropolitan Opera (and Boston Symphony); Carlisle Floyd, composer of Susannah and other great American operas; and Richard Gaddes, a revered administrator who guided companies in Santa Fe and Saint Louis.

Presenters of the awards include stellar tenor Placido Domingo, general director of Washington National Opera. Members of the company's young artists prorgam will perform during the event, along with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Hosts for the concert are actress Sarah Jessica Parker and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Spoken and video tributes will be part of the evening. All of the honorees are scheduled to be on hand.

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The program is at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington. The box office will start distributing free tickets at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 in person at 610 F Street NW or at 450 7th Street NW; or by phone, 202-547-1122 or (toll-free) 877-487-8849.

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