OPERA America Announces Recipients of Repertoire Development Grants
Eleven Opera Companies Receive a Total of $225,000 to Develop New 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 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. These grants provide vital financial support to opera companies developing new American opera and music-theater works.
Repertoire Development Grants allow creators and producers to assess and refine works-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 has been awarded to the following 11 opera companies: American Opera Projects (New York, NY) in partnership with Opera Parallèle (San Francisco, CA); Beth Morrison Projects (New York, NY); Boston Lyric Opera; The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY); Houston Grand Opera; Long Beach Opera; The Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY); Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis, MN); Opera Columbus; and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
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 inception of its granting programs, OPERA America has awarded nearly $13 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with creating and developing new works, as well as related audience initiatives.
The Opera Fund has supported such works as Akhnaten (Philip Glass), Bel Canto (Jimmy López/Nilo Cruz), Cold Sassy Tree (Carlisle Floyd), Elmer Gantry (Robert Aldridge/Herschel Garfein), Fellow Travelers (Gregory Spears/Greg Pierce), JFK (David T. Little/Royce Vavrek), The Grapes of Wrath (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie), Little Women (Mark Adamo), Moby-Dick (Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer), Nixon in China (John Adams/Alice Goodman), Silent Night (Kevin Puts/Mark Campbell) and A Streetcar Named Desire (André Previn/Philip Littell).
“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 director and visual artist Laine Rettmer, conductor and coach Stephanie Rhodes, composer and conductor Huang Ruo, librettist Joan Ross Sorkin, and soprano Talise Trevigne.
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.