Saturday, April 20, 2019

American Opera Projects: "Composers & the Voice," Tuition-free Training Program

Composers & the Voice, a tuition-free training program, is a competitive two-year fellowship offered to composers and librettists. AOP welcomes applications from musicians of all backgrounds interested in composing for opera and music theatre and seeks to present a group of fellows that represent the diversity of our community and country. Applications are reviewed and fellowships are selected by the C&V artistic team and a panel of industry professionals chosen with an emphasis on diversity.


Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, American Opera Projects (AOP) is at the forefront of the contemporary opera movement through its commissioning, developing, and producing of opera and music theatre projects, training programs for student and emerging composers and librettists, and community engagement.
The company is recognized for its cross-genre experimentation in works such as Darkling (Weisman/Rabinowitz, 2006), an interdisciplinary work combining poetry, music and projection, and the dance chamber opera Hagoromo starring Wendy Whelan (Davis/Pelsue, BAM, 2015); stories of African-American history including The Summer King (Sonenberg/Nester/Campbell, Pittsburgh Opera, 2017) and Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom (Okoye, Irondale, 2014); and numerous groundbreaking works on LGBTQ themes like Paul's Case (Spears/Walat, UrbanArias, 2015), Patience & Sarah (Kimper/Persons, Lincoln Center Festival, 1998) and As One (Kaminsky/Campbell/Reed, BAM, 2014), the most widely produced contemporary opera in the U.S. and Canada during the 2017-2018 season.
Recent AOP world premieres include Savage Winter (Pittsburgh Opera, 2018), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE Festival 2018), and Three Way (Nashville Opera & BAM 2017). Later this season, AOP will present the world premiere of the Georgia O'Keeffe opera Today It Rains,in a co-production with San Francisco's Opera Parallèle, and a collection of performances in New York City that will honor the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising including four mini-operas about Stonewall made in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts, a new production of Patience & Sarah at Hunter College, and a touring version of As One. A celebration of AOP's thirty years will be held in the spring and hosted by AOP Board Member Anthony Roth Costanzo.

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