OPERA America Selects Four Teams for the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize
To Bring New Creative Talent to Opera Stages
Generously Supported by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund
OPERA America has awarded the seventh cycle of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize to four teams of creative artists for their skill in bringing operatic works to life for contemporary audiences. The prize is designed to bring new talent to the forefront of the opera field and connect rising directors and designers with producers who can advance their careers. See below for information on the winning teams and projects. The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize is generously supported by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.
The biennial prize is awarded to teams of stage directors and designers who have yet to develop a significant body of work in the field of opera. Applicants are invited to create a production concept for an opera chosen from a curated repertoire list.
Four winning teams are awarded $2,000 each to further develop their concepts. The winning teams then present their concepts to producers at the Director-Designer Showcase, held as part of the annual Opera Conference, and in exhibitions at OPERA America’s National Opera Center. This cycle’s production concepts will be featured in digital form at Opera Conference 2021, taking place May 10–27, and in person at Opera Conference 2022. Winners will also be introduced to the field through Opera America Magazine and OPERA America’s social and digital channels.