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In the Works
Megan Young, Artistic Services Manager, OPERA America
Opera America Magazine

Editor's Note: While existing works remain an important staple at many opera companies, artists and audiences alike benefit from exploring contemporary repertoire. The decades that spawned some of the great masterworks, particularly in the mid- to late 1850s, saw the creation of thousands of new operas. By celebrating and encouraging today’s composers and librettists, we increase the chances of producing great works for the 21st century.

To raise awareness of operas and music-theater works being produced by organizational members or written by individual members, OPERA America maintains an online database of North American opera and music-theater works. The Baisley Powell Elebash Score and Recording Library, a non-circulating collection housed in OPERA America’s New York office, is available by appointment for members wishing to peruse materials.

Works in progress or completed less than two years ago, along with those that received a premiere or major workshop during that period, are featured in the fall and spring issues of Opera America magazine. More details about these works (including vocal/musical forces, contact information, and more) can be found online at

OPERA America members can submit listings to OPERA America’s New Works Directory by visiting

By Daron Hagen and Gardner McFall

Commissioned by Seattle Opera, Amelia is a two-act opera based on a story by the production’s director, Stephen Wadsworth. The piece uses the theme of flight as a motif to explore the human condition and takes place during the 30-year period from 1966 to 1996. Amelia addresses such issues as man’s fascination with flight, the Daedalus/Icarus myth and the American experience in Vietnam. Workshops will begin in December 2007, and a projected premiere is set for May 2010.

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