Thirty-Four U.S. Opera Companies to Feature American Operas over the Next Two Season
During the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, 34 U.S. opera companies both large and small and from coast to coast will perform works — including nine world premieres — by American composers, announced OPERA America, the national service organization for opera. With subjects ranging from classic novels and plays to recent political history and powerful love stories, these works offer enormous variety, reflective of the opera activity in the United States today.
Companies presenting works by American composers include The Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Center City Opera Theater (Philadelphia, PA), Chicago Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera, Eugene Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Florentine Opera (Milwaukee, WI), Florida Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY), Gotham Chamber Opera, Greensboro Opera, Long Beach Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Music-Theatre Group (New York, NY), Nashville Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Idaho, Opera Memphis, Opera New Jersey, Opera Roanoke, Opera San José, Opera Southwest (Albuquerque, NM), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Portland Opera, San Diego Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Tacoma Opera, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and Virginia Opera. This list will continue to grow as additional productions by American artists currently in the planning stages for the 2011-2012 and future seasons are announced in the coming months.
“Over the last two decades, an American opera repertoire has become firmly established and American composers continue to have a tremendous impact on our art form. We are delighted to see their work being performed on stages of all sizes throughout the United States,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “We are particularly pleased to highlight this tremendous vitality during National Opera Week — a time when companies across the country are introducing opera to new audiences in fun, accessible ways.”
National Opera Week began on October 29 and runs through November 7, 2010. More information on activities provided by the more than 100 participating organizations may be found at www.operaamerica.org/now.
In conjunction with National Opera Week, on October 22, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed our nation’s highest honor on four American artists for their outstanding achievements in opera: Soprano Martina Arroyo, General Director David DiChiera, Composer Philip Glass and Music Director Eve Queler. For more information about the NEA Opera Honors, visit www.neaoperahonors.org.
OPERA America has a long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and presentation of operas by North American artists, through such programs as The Opera Fund. Since the program’s inception, OPERA America has made grants of nearly $11 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with the creation and development of new works. OPERA America has also encouraged second productions of new works by providing grants to help offset the cost of reviving or re-mounting productions.
For additional information about the operas below, visit OPERA America’s North American Works Directory at www.operaamerica.org/nawd. The Directory is the online hub for data on over 1,200 North American operas, with information on vocal/musical forces, musical style, length, source materials, synopsis contact information and premiere dates and locations. Each opera’s Directory record also includes information on past and future performances produced by OPERA America’s organizational members.