A $15,000 dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will help Opera Roanoke collaborate with a production from Knoxville, Tennessee called “Glory Denied,” a new opera about Colonel Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held prisoner of the Vietnam war.  Opera Roanoke calls “Glory Denied” – which is sung in English – “a powerful, heart-wrenching story of loss, loneliness and hope.” Its on stage at Jefferson Center February 24 and 26. Brooke Tolley is Opera Roanoke’s General Director: