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The Houston Grand Opera is bringing something very special to Houston, the world premiere of a new opera, ‘Intelligence.” The production is based on a little-known true story of two unlikely pro-union, civil war spies, Mary Jane Bowser who was born into slavery and Elizabeth Van Lew, a woman from a prominent confederate family. Houston Life’s Melanie Camp went backstage at rehearsals and spoke with soprano Janai Bruger who plays Mary Jane and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton plays who plays Elizabeth about what it means to be part of this HGO-commissioned opera.

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