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May 04, 2009

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Photo: Grant Striegel met famed soprano Rosa Ponsell when he was a boy. She gave him this signed photo.
Grant Striegel met famed soprano Rosa Ponsell when he was a boy. She gave him this signed photo.

Swan Song For The Baltimore Opera

Earlier this year, The Baltimore Opera Company slipped from Chapter Eleven bankruptcy into Chapter Seven. That means it's closed and all that's left of a half-century of music and theater is being auctioned off. It's the same around the country. Opera companies from Connecticut to California are canceling performances and questioning what's ahead. 

For Grant Striegel the end of the Baltimore Opera Company is more than the passing of an era. He says it leaves a cultural void. Grant's own passion for opera began when he was 11. From the time he saw the singers on stage he was hooked. But Grant also had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to know a legend, soprano Rosa Ponselle. Grant joins Dick to talk about the past and the future of opera.

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