American Opera Projects (AOP) is proud to announce the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2017-2019 season. We will select 6 composers and up to 2 librettists for a two-year fellowship. The primary focus of Composers & the Voice is to give composers and librettists extensive experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage.
There will be a total of 15 workshop sessions between October 2017 and May 2018, working with the company’s Resident Ensemble of Singers and Artistic Team. The 2017-18 sessions also include courses for composers and librettists in acting, improv games, and libretto development.
There will be two public performances of work created during the series. In May 2018 there will be a concert performance of solo works written during the course of the workshop. In September 2018 there will be a culminating public performance of new scenes written during the summer.
During the 2018-19 season, AOP will provide continued mentorship and career guidance for its C&V fellows. Select C&V operas-in-progress will potentially receive continued development workshops, such as staged readings at The Manhattan School of Music (part of a fourteen-year AOP partnership), as well as with other partners.
The second year of the cycle will also include a new partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat that nurtures creativity in mid-career writers, painters, poets, playwrights, composers, translators, sculptors, and artists. A C&V Fellow (or Fellowship team) will be selected to receive a 6-week residency to continue opera development at the Hermitage’s Florida estate.
2017: October 11, October 25, November 8, November 15, December 6, December 20
2018: January 3, January 17, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 14, April 4, April 18, May 2.
All workshop sessions will begin at 2:00 and end at 10:00. All sessions will be in New York City.
All participants must be present for all of the workshop sessions.
First Glimpse Concert: May 18 & 19, 2018
Six Scenes First Chance Concert: September 28 & 29, 2018
PROGRAM AND APPLICATION DETAILS
AOP is encouraging applications from both composers and librettists working alone, and from composer/librettist teams. Composers and librettists applying jointly need not have prior collaborative projects. Please note: if a composer and librettist apply as a team, the panel reserves the right to select only one of the applicants for an individual fellowship.
Applications are reviewed and fellowships are selected by the C&V Artistic Director, the Director of Drama and Director of Music, and a panel of industry professionals.
There is no age limit for participation.
The fee for application is $50; there is no fee for participation.
There is no stipend for selected composers or librettists.
All participants must be in New York City for all workshop dates.
The application deadline is April 28, 2017.
Notification of participants will be made by July 1, 2017.