James H. Swiggart was the general director of Opera in the Ozarks for more than twenty-five years. His guiding influence on the program led to its prominence in the world of opera and to a rehearsal hall bearing his name. After attending the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony program as a teenager, Swiggart maintained a deep connection to Opera in the Ozarks, leading him to impart his knowledge to hundreds of students over the years.

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