The art of loving and serving others

The high standards maintained by many performing artists—onstage as well as offstage—have enriched the quality of contemporary performances. Yet the arts are often associated with competitiveness and ego. Is there room for only a certain number of artists—no matter how good they may be? What should be the real moving force in an artist's career?

Ardis Krainik, general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and a member of the company since 1954, has taken on those questions in various forms over the years. Her love of God, which has grown through her study of Christian Science, brings some inspired yet remarkably simple answers. Miss Krainik's achievements— among which is an artistically successful as well as a financially stable opera company—are well known in the international opera world. This interview explores the basis of her approach to the people she works with in opera.

Words to live by
October 17, 1988

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