Anyone who values the rare opportunity they have here in Eureka Springs to enjoy the Opera in the Ozarks owes a huge debt of gratitude to General Director Jim Swiggart. Armed with music degrees in voice and trombone from Oklahoma City University, a master's degree from Wichita State University and doctoral work at Oklahoma University, Jim's Opera Talks have opened this world of music to thousands of visitors from dozens of states and several other countries since he became director in 1989. As his nominator put it so well, "I didn't even know I liked opera till I met Jim and experienced the Opera in the Ozarks. It changed my life." Thanks, Jim!