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National Endowment for the Arts awards OperaDelaware $15,000


Wilmington, Del. — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded OperaDelaware $15,000 to support the company’s production of the East Coast staged premiere of Amleto (Hamlet), a work by Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito.

This opera was revived and reconstructed by Maestro Anthony Barrese, who discovered the work hidden in Italy after 145 years.

OperaDelaware is one of two organizations – and the only presenting arts organization — in the state to receive an ArtWorks grant this year.

“We are delighted that NEA is supporting OperaDelaware and Amleto,” said Brendan Cooke, general director of OperaDelaware.  “This was a highly competitive process involving hundreds of organizations nationwide.  In granting this award to us, NEA recognizes the presentation of Amleto is a once in a generation opportunity by a growing and increasingly vibrant opera company. This will not only mark our return to full-scale grand opera productions at the Grand Opera House, but also will put our company on the national stage.”

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. The NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including the Art Works grant to OperaDelaware.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

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