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Iowa's Opera Houses

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Though opera houses once meant a town held status, many have since fallen into disrepair. Today efforts are underway to renovate and shed light on Iowa’s opera houses, including Sam Knutson's project, the Iowa Opera House Project, which brings Iowa performers into these antique spaces for locals to experience.

Later, Richard Poole and George Glenn, co-authors of The Opera Houses of Iowa, share the history of the state’s opera houses.

Kevin McQuade, the executive director of Pella Opera House, and Ken Sidey, executive director of The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, also share their efforts to bring a variety of performances to their local stages.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa