Carlisle Floyd
Price, Levine, Floyd, Gaddes to get NEA honors

Soprano Leontyne Price, conductor James Levine, composer Carlisle Floyd and administrator Richard Gaddes will be the initial recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors. The awards, patterned after the NEA Jazz Masters honors that were established in 1982, will be handed out during a ceremony Oct. 31 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington. Speaking at a news conference to announce the prizes, tenor Placido Domingo said he hopes it's a step toward establishing "the Oscars of the opera." What would they be called? "The Mozarts," he suggested. "The Verdis?" NEA Chairman Dana Gioia said only living Americans will be eligible for...