MassOpera in Boston, MA is building on their past success with their New Opera Workshop (NOW) in launching what they refer to as a “re-envisioned” iteration of the initiative in partnership with OperaHub. This partnership aims to support the development of “new chamber operas that reflect and examine our current world, or hope for the future.” They are now accepting submissions of applications until July 15th for the opportunity to be part of a three stage development process of a chamber opera. The workshop process will pay special attention to the drafting and development of the libretto, the musical development of the work, and ultimately will see the work through to its premiere and publication.
The mission requires a commitment to “exploring innovative ways of storytelling” and requires “a majority of roles be for women, including a broad variety of roles for diverse women.” The most exciting part of this initiative is NOW’s desire to discover “underrepresented” voices in the operatic community that have an interest to “tell unconventional stories about women and minorities, or stories that can be told by a variety of performers regardless of singer identity or physical appearance.”
This mission is important as opera continues to struggle with gender parity and elevating minority voices.
More information on the project and how to apply can be found at: