The opera industry continues to identify and support the creators of new works, while also working to address challenges and opportunities associated with producing in the 21st century. The New Works Forum is a series of sessions that offers insight, practical knowledge and networking opportunities for creators and producers of new opera and music-theater works. The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Advance registration required. No additional fee.
Opera NOW! Does opera always have to be behind the times? How can composers balance writing pieces meant to be timeless, while also timely. With commissioning and production cycles that can take years, how can new opera be more responsive to contemporary events?
Dramaturgs – A Necessity, Not a Luxury Companies producing new work are increasingly seeing the importance of bringing a dramaturg into the development of a piece — but the pool is still very small. How do we approach the task of identifying and engaging more dramaturgs in opera?
NextGen Family Opera In the last decade, “operas for all ages” have expanded from simply engaging the next generation of young audiences, becoming increasingly focused on messages or goals that have changed the way they are commissioned, produced and presented. This session will look at several companies creating new family operas, exploring both their reasons and their ability to incorporate them into the larger season.
New Work: Trustees and BoardAdvocates Preconceptions about new music and esoteric industry jargon have created unnecessary boundaries to engaging board members and funders in new work. This session will offer ways to translate “inside” lingo and demystify the creation process to help recruit board members and encourage their support for commissioning and producing of new works.