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Philip Glass among the recipients of the 2010 NEA Opera Awards

Philip Glass, the extraordinary, Baltimore-born composer who helped to define and popularize the reiterative style dubbed minimalism, is one of four recipients of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors.

Glass has left a sizable mark on the history of contemporary opera with such epic works as "Einstein on the Beach," "Satyagraha"  (see excerpt below) and "Akhnaten."

Also being honored for "their significant lifetime contributions to American opera" are Martina Arroyo, a soprano whose rich voice and expressive intensity earned her a distinguished career and who established a foundation for the training of young singers; David DiChiera, whose guidance as general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre put that company on the national map; and Eve Queler, music director of the adventurous Opera Orchestra of New York.

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The Opera Honors were launched three years ago by the National Endowment for the Arts. Previous recipients of the $25,000 award include singers Leontyne Price and Marilyn Horne, composers John Adams and Carlisle Floyd, and conductors James Levine and Julius Rudel. The $25,000 award is the highest national honor recognizing contributions to opera.

The 2010 awards ceremony, open to the public, will take place on Oct. 22 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Information on free tickets will be made available online on Sept. 20 at arts.gov.

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