With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Manhattan, Copland's "Quiet City," at night. Joseph Gareri/iStock hide caption

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Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony. SFS Media hide caption

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