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Timberlane Spotlight: Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point

Did You Know?

Did you know opera has had a fantastic Folk Music heritage in the Ozarks since 1950? Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, located northwest of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has taught students to perform in opera houses worldwide for over 70 years. But here in Mountain View, the idea of stage Opera has yet to be explored or celebrated as far as I know. ”But our neighbor to the east of us, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with its fantastic historic downtown, has a unique Ozark folk music heritage that includes Opera. However, the Opera music tradition is not a part of the folk music tradition here in Mountain View. I propose a cultural musician exchange. We send a group of our best musicians to Eureka Springs to perform, and they bring a one-night opera. An Ozark Mountain Culture music exchange. One thing is for sure opera is some of the world's most beautiful music. Many people would enjoy a group of opera singers from Eureka Springs performing in this type of exchange, like the Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival in Washington each year, A Ozark Mountain folk music heritage celebration of folk music traditional right here in Mountain View Folk Music Capital of the World.

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