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Anchorage Opera (AO) was selected by OPERA America (OA) to participate in a two-year initiative designed to build the field’s capacity for strengthening communities through opera and increase their capacity to work collaboratively with other organizations to address civic priorities.
Anchorage Opera to serve on national panel, announces veterans engagement project 011817 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Anchorage Opera (AO) was selected by OPERA America (OA) to participate in a two-year initiative designed to build the field’s capacity for strengthening communities through opera and increase their capacity to work collaboratively with other organizations to address civic priorities.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Anchorage Opera to serve on national panel, announces veterans engagement project

Anchorage Opera (AO) was selected by OPERA America (OA) to participate in a two-year initiative designed to build the field’s capacity for strengthening communities through opera and increase their capacity to work collaboratively with other organizations to address civic priorities.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts through its Our Town program, which supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core.

As members of the newly minted national civic action group, Opera announced a special project, AK Vet Stories, honoring Alaska’s veterans. On Feb 10, 12, 16 and 18, Anchorage Opera presents the Alaska premiere of “Glory Denied” by Tom Cipullo at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the book of the same title by Tom Philpott, the show relates the poignant true story of America’s longest-held POW, the agonies faced by his family, and the larger story of a nation divided during the Vietnam era.

“Glory Denied” relates the story of one particular veteran, but with AK Vet Stories Anchorage Opera hopes to make an evening of theater more real, and bring a bit closer to home.Alaska veterans who wish to be a part of this project are invited to share a story, a memory, a feeling, or a thought about their time in the service.

To participate and/or find out more about AK Vet Stories, contact Anchorage Opera at 907-279-2557 or email Judy Berry, Marketing & Development Director at jberry@anchorageopera.org.