The Opera Honors, given by the National Endowment for the Arts, will feature a video message from the great mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens.

The world of opera will be saluted October 27 by the National Endowment for the Arts. Here is a scene from the Virginia Opera’s production of Verdi’s "Aida.” (Courtesy of Virginia Opera) (David Polston)

The other Honorees are costume designer John Conklin, director Speight Jenkins and composer Robert Ward. The evening celebration takes place at Sidney Harman Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The NEA announced that soprano Sarah Coburn, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson will perform. Nina Totenberg, the NPR legal affairs correspondent, will be the evening’s host.

The event is free and tickets can be reserved through, or by calling or going to the box office.