OPERA America Awards Grants to Opera Organizations and Artists
$225,000 in Opera Fund: Repertoire Development Grants Awarded to Ten Opera Companies
Four Artist Teams Selected as Finalists in the 2013 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 10 opera companies and four teams of artists through two funding programs: The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development and the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. These grants support the production of new North American opera and help develop the careers of promising directors and designers, respectively.
“Fostering the creation of new works by American composers is a cornerstone of OPERA America’s mission,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO. “Through the generosity of Opera Fund donors, Repertoire Development grants assist in increasing the vitality and diversity of our art form,” he continued.
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development
Over the past 20 years, OPERA America’s Opera Fund has provided grants totaling more than $11 million to assist companies with the creation and development of works such as Akhnaten (Philip Glass), Cold Sassy Tree (Carlisle Floyd), Dead Man Walking (Jake Heggie), Elmer Gantry (Robert Aldridge), Frau Margot (Thomas Pasatieri), Little Women (Mark Adamo), Margaret Garner (Richard Danielpour), Nixon in China (John Adams), Shining Brow (Daron Hagen) and A Streetcar Named Desire (André Previn).
Repertoire Development grants of The Opera Fund assist OPERA America Professional Company Members (PCMs) and their partners in meeting the special costs incurred by developing and producing new North American opera and music-theater. Repertoire Development grants allow the creators and/or producers to assess and refine a work in progress. The grants may be used to offset creative fees, recording expenditures for evaluation and archival purposes or other costs associated with the development of a new opera/music-theater work, including lab productions, workshops, readings and revisions.
A total of $225,000 was awarded in Repertoire Development Grants to the following organizations: