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.
Still frame from Arkansas Story Vault video interview with James H. Swiggart at Opera of the Ozarks; Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 2019
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