Performing Arts: Operatic Legends Honored

by Editorial

The National Endowment for the Arts Pays Tribute with Speeches and Song.

By Ann Geracimos


Brian Stokes Mitchell and Denyce Graves. Photo by Henry Grossman.

No shy guy, that Rocco Landesman, the top Broadway producer who has come to Washington to head up the National Endowment for the Arts. Asked at the second annual NEA Opera Honors at the Harman Center on Nov. 14 how he was adjusting to the local scene, he conceded the move was “a culture shock” since he found the capital to be all about cultivating “the power of access” in a town focused on politics.

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