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Five years ago when Met Opera planned to do the “Ring” cycle they knew that the most difficult single role to cast was the role of Siegfried. When their first choice fell ill, Texas native Jay Hunter Morris stepped into a role with five weeks until curtain that only a handful of men in the world can pull off.

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PROFILES & INTERVIEWS

Five years ago when Met Opera planned to do the “Ring” cycle they knew that the most difficult single role to cast was the role of Siegfried. When their first choice fell ill, Texas native Jay Hunter Morris stepped into a role with five weeks until curtain that only a handful of men in the world can pull off.

The actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith has been credited with creating a new form of documentary theater. In this SundayArts Profile, Paula Zahn speaks to Ms. Smith about her latest work, "Let Me Down Easy."

Designer Oscar de la Renta and fashion editor Andre Leon Talley discuss the exhibit "Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress" at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, which analyzes the history of Spain’s regional clothing styles through the paintings of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.

The creative genius of Jim Henson crossed into the worlds of film, television and puppetry. In this profile, SundayArts speaks to some of Jim Henson's former colleagues as well as the curators of “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” on view now at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

Violinist Caroline Goulding performs on the occasion of her 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Rafael Pi Roman visits the House of Swing, otherwise known as Jazz at Lincoln Center, where young people are getting their first taste of what many consider America’s true classical music: jazz.

Bob Monk, Director of Gagosian Gallery's Uptown Gallery, introduces the private collection of Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most exuberant, charming artists of the 20th Century.

Drawn from the Met’s collection of over 12,000 works of Islamic Art, this new installation reflects a cultural vista of great breadth and singular beauty.

Morrison Hotel Gallery represents some of the most admired names in fine art music photography, bringing together buyers and connoisseurs with photographers in intimate shows at their Soho space. SundayArts visited Morrison Hotel throughout its 10th anniversary year, speaking to legends like Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, and Joel Bernstein.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the MTA's "Arts for Transit" program, SundayArts focuses on Faith Ringgold’s “Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines" at the 125th 2 & 3 station.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.