Opera and the military? National arts program hopes to open minds
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - None of the Marines seemed quite sure
what to expect when the strains of Figaro's aria from the Barber
of Seville filled the theater on this military base by the sea.
Instead of furs and tuxedoes, audience members wore desert
cammies. Then again, how many operagoers are preparing for their
third deployment to Iraq? And how many Marines go to the opera?
Not enough, according to the National Endowment for the Arts,
which is reaching out to a community it has overlooked in the
past: The 1.4 million men and women on active duty in the U.S.
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