OPERA America Announces Recipients of The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development Grants
Nine Opera Companies Receive a Total of $225,000 to Develop New North American Operas
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to nine opera companies through The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development grant program. These grants provide vital financial support to opera companies developing new North American opera and music-theater works.
Repertoire Development grants allow creators and producers to assess and refine a work-in-progress. The grants may be used to offset creative fees and other costs associated with the development of a new opera or music-theater work, including lab productions, workshops, readings and revisions.
A total of $225,000 is being awarded to the following nine opera companies: American Lyric Theater (New York, NY), Beth Morrison Projects (New York, NY), Cincinnati Opera, HERE (New York, NY), Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Parallèle (San Francisco, CA), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and The Dallas Opera.
OPERA America’s long tradition of supporting the creation and development of new works led to the formation of The Opera Fund endowment, which allows OPERA America to sustain a number of grant programs. Since The Opera Fund’s inception, OPERA America has granted nearly $13 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with creating and developing new works, as well as related audience engagement initiatives. The Opera Fund has supported such works as Akhnaten (Philip Glass), Bel Canto (Jimmy López), Cold Sassy Tree (Carlisle Floyd), Elmer Gantry (Robert Aldridge), JFK (David T. Little), Little Women (Mark Adamo), Moby-Dick (Jake Heggie), Nixon in China (John Adams), Silent Night (Kevin Puts) and A Streetcar Named Desire (André Previn).
"Fostering the creation of new works is a cornerstone of OPERA America’s mission, and we’ve seen a remarkable flowering of new American opera over the past two decades," stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America. "Through the generosity of Opera Fund donors, Repertoire Development grants continue to support creativity and innovation across the field.”
Recipients of the Repertoire Development grants were selected by a panel of industry leaders consisting of Lucy Arner, conductor; Paulette Haupt, artistic director, National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill Theatre, and artistic director, PREMIERES; Joan La Barbara, composer and performer; Matthew Lata, professor and stage director, Florida State Opera; and Royce Vavrek, librettist.
The Opera Fund was launched by the National Endowment for the Arts, and it is funded by The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Lee Day Gillespie, Lloyd and Mary Ann Gerlach, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.