- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Opera singer Soloman Howard is slated to be honored for raising voting rights awareness.

The Anti-Defamation League is scheduled to present Howard with its “Making a Difference Award” for raising awareness of threats to voting rights through his performance in the opera Appomattox at the Kennedy Center last year.

Composer Philip Glass and playwright Christopher Hampton first wrote Appomattox in 2005 but rewrote it after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key protections of the Voting Rights Act.

In the new opera, African-American leader Frederick Douglass visits Abraham Lincoln in the White House in 1865 to advocate for voting rights.

Howard is debuting at the Santa Fe Opera this summer as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette.

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