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The last time New York's Metropolitan Opera presented a work written by a woman was 113 years ago. It's a drought that lasted longer than the years between the Cubs' World Series victories. That situation has finally been rectified this week with the New York premiere of the opera L'Amour de Loin by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Sessions from Studio A - Nick Urb

Dec 1, 2016
Carl Nelson

Nick Urb performing "Emily" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Nick Urb performing "Until the End of Days" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Nick Urb performing "Brothers" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Christmas is coming, and soon TV screens everywhere will light up with that 1946 holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. But the same story is coming a little early to the stage of the Houston Grand Opera. That's right: An operatic version of George Bailey's struggle with life and death opens this Friday.

Librettist Gene Scheer admits that adapting such a beloved movie has sometimes felt like a fool's errand. "It's almost secular scripture, this piece," he says. "Everyone knows all the lines."

Sessions from Studio A - Aaron Williams

Nov 24, 2016
Carl Nelson


Aaron Williams performs "Promised Land" in WNIJ's Studio A.

You can find Aaron on Facebook at Facebook.com/awband.

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