Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia Talk About Their New Opera, Opening This Week at Virginia Tech

October 14, 2014 1:28 PM

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The premiere of a new American opera is always a cause for celebration, and a work for children is especially heartening since today's youth should be tomorrow's audience. But the rehearsal phase of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia's The Three Feathers also offered "something rare," according to Ruth Waalkes, executive director of the Center for the Arts and associate provost for the arts at Virginia Tech, where the opera debuts this week.

"The idea of commissioning a children's opera," Ms. Waalkes says on the phone, "started with Ariana Wyatt, a voice faculty member, when she and Scott Williamson [general and artistic director of Opera Roanoke] were forming a partnership between our students and Opera Roanoke. This had instant appeal...

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