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of accomplishing with this new home and endowment for enhanced programming.” Hoomes says something else people might be astounded about with The Nashville Opera is how much they’d love it if they give it a chance. Stereotypical, inaccessible performances are a thing of the past. Supertitles scroll above the stage—in English—so audience members can keep abreast of the storyline. “People who say they don’t like opera often have just not seen one that works for them,” he says. “Don’t let a lack of experience with opera keep you away. Once we can get people into the theater for a production of Carmen or of La Boheme, they’re blown away by the drama and music working together. They had no idea they’d be so moved.” The opening production for the 2019–20 season is a great opportunity, he says. The company is getting back to its origins with a production of Madam Butterfly at TPAC in October. “If you’ve never tried opera before, that’s the time.”

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NOTA BENE: • The Nashville Symphony Orchestra League held a youth scholarship competition in Maestro Thor Johnson’s name until the mid 2010s. Prizes were awarded in middle school, high school and college-bound categories and totaled thousands of dollars over the life of the scholarship. • Mary Cortner Ragland, who died in 1999, set up a bequest to further the excellence of the Nashville Opera through the support of young artists. The Mary Ragland Emerging Artists program continues today. Applications are handled through yaptracker.com, and auditions occur in the fall. • The Noah Liff Opera Center, designed by renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates, is one of the city’s sleekest June–July 2019 | 372WN.com

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