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The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius to be Featured on IPR's Opera in October

CROpera's April 2019 world premiere production of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius will be featured on Iowa Public Radio's "At the Opera with IPR" Saturday, November 2 at 8 pm and again Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm. Please look for this show on IPR's classical broadcast frequency, or online through its streaming media player at

The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius features three original one-act operas by Iowa composers Robert Lindsay Nassif (American Gothical), Jean-Francois Charles (Grant Wood in Paris), and Michael Ching (Eight Woods and a Van). The IPR recording took place at Theater Cedar Rapids on April 14, 2019. Tenor Nicholas Nestorak sings the role of Grant Wood in all three works. Other principal cast include: Thaddeus Ennen, Jessica Grigg, Melanie Long, Jessica Pray, Jhe Russell and Alex Soare. CROpera Young Artists included in this production include: Elizabeth Barry, Jay Burken, Avery Felton, Bryce Genovese, Vincent Gover, and Braeden W. Irvine.

Production of The Grand Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius was made possible by the generous support of Nan Riley, Giacoletto Foundation, McGrath Automotive, Virginia Michalicek, Cedar Rapids Toyota, Hills Bank and Trust, Mark and Tracy Zimmerman, and CROpera's season sponsors City of Cedar Rapids Hotel/Motel Fund, Collins Aerospace, CRST, Inc., Divine Engineering, Jared & Carol Hills Foundation, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, UFG Insurance, and Myron & Esther Wilson. Additional support for this production was provided by Berthel Fisher & Company, Acumen Benefits Advisors, US Bank, and Carousel Motors/Iowa City.

IPR Classical broadcast frequencies:

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids   91.7

Cedar Falls/Waterloo   89.5

KUNI 90.9 HD 2

Pleasantville   96.3

Mitchellville   88.9

Mason City   90.7

Ottumwa   91.1

Ames   90.1 HD 2

Dubuque   101.7

Central Des Moines   97.7

SE Des Moines 96.3

NE Des Moines   88.9

Patterson/Des Moines 105.9


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