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Thursday, May 4 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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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.

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Dramaturgs —A Necessity, Not a Luxury
Companies producing new work increasingly are 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?
  • Cori Ellison, Dramaturg American Lyric Theater
  • Paul Hopper, Assistant Artistic Director/Dramaturg, Houston Grand Opera
  • Pete McCabe, Dramaturg, HERE
  • Imani Mosley, musicologist/dramaturg
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
NextGen Family Opera
In the last decade, “operas for all ages” have expanded from simply engaging the next generation of young audiences to 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 abilities to incorporate them into their larger seasons.
  • Andrea Walters, Director of Education, Santa Fe Opera
  • Ruth Nott, Director of Education, San Francisco Opera
  • Jamie Andrews, Community Education Director, Minnesota Opera
  • Cayenne Harris, Director, Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opera NOW!
Does opera always have to be behind the times? How can composers write pieces meant to be timeless, while also timely? With commissioning and production cycles that can take years, how can new operas be more responsive to contemporary events?
  • Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry (moderator)
  • Kim Whitener, Producing Director, HERE
  • Rick Burkhardt, composer
  • Kamala Sankaram, composer

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Jamie Andrews

Education Director, Minnesota Opera
Jamie Andrews is currently the Education Director for the Minnesota Opera. In this position he has developed award winning programs that engage audiences of all ages, such as Music Out Loud, an opera-based El Sistema-inspired social development program, and Project Opera, a vocal... Read More →
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Rick Burkhardt

Playwright, n/a
Rick Burkhardt studied music composition at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2006. | | He has received commissions, grants, and performances from organizations and performers such as the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, the La Jolla Symphony, Ensemble Surplus, the Boswil Foundation... Read More →
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Cori Ellison

Dramaturg, n/a
Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and serves on the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School, as well the faculties of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and the Crested Butte Opera Studio. She was staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010, where she was a curator of the VOX American Opera Showcase. Active in developing contemporary opera, she teaches dramaturgy for American Lyric... Read More →
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Cayenne Harris

Lyric Unlimited Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – it... Read More →
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Paul Hopper

Assistant Artistic Director, Houston Grand Opera
Paul Hopper serves as Assistant Artistic Director at Houston Grand Opera where he manages special artistic initiatives, assists in long term artistic planning, and guides a variety of audiences in learning more about HGO and opera. As principal dramaturg for the company he has worked closely with composers and librettists such as Jake Heggie, Carlisle Floyd, and Ricky Ian Gordon in the commissioning and development of new works. Paul has forged new working relationships with Houston Methodist Hospital, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rothko Chapel, and the... Read More →
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Pete McCabe

Resident Dramaturg, HERE
A life-long theater artist has worked as an actor, playwright, librettist, Drama Desk nominated producer, and Dramaturg.  In his career he has worked with such notables as Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson and Max Roach, Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis. He is currently working as Dramaturg on the multi-media concert Silent Voices, with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and also with Damien Gray and Kip Winger on the new Musical Get... Read More →
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Imani Mosley

Dramaturge and Musicologist, Duke University
Imani Mosley is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology at Duke University. After receiving two Masters degrees from Peabody (Bassoon Performance/Musicology), she began PhD work at Columbia where she received a Master of Arts in Musicology before attending Duke. She is a Britten scholar, also specializing in contemporary opera, feminist and queer theory, reception history, and British and American music from 1890 to 1945. She has presented papers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Her dissertation focuses on the reception history of men, male voice, and performance in Britten's... Read More →
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Ruth Nott

Director of Education, San Francisco Opera
Ruth Nott is San Francisco Opera Association’s first full-time Director of Education, overseeing a department that provides opera education programs for K-12 schools, universities, families and adults of all ages throughout the bay area. Ms. Nott has over 20 years of experience... Read More →
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Kamala Sankaram

Composer, Manhattan College
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (The Wall Street Journal.) Recent commissions include Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice, Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. She has performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects, Anthony Braxton, and the Wooster Group, among others, and is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble whose debut was named Best Eclectic Album by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop. Kamala's opera THUMBPRINT will receive its West Coast premiere at LA Opera this June. In addition to her musical pursuits, Kamala holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and can be heard as a voice on the Cartoon Network... Read More →
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Yuval Sharon

Artistic Director, The Industry
Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera. His productions have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News). He is the recipient of the 2014... Read More →
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Andrea Walters

Director of Education and Community Programs, The Santa Fe Opera
Andrea Fellows Walters has been associated with The Santa Fe Opera for over twenty-seven years and Director of Education and Community Programs since 1993. She brings a deeply-rooted love and appreciation for the performing arts in her work as an administrator, educator, produce... Read More →
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Kim Whitener

Producing Director, HERE
Kim Whitener joined HERE as Producing Director in February 2007. She works in partnership with Artistic Director Kristin Marting to co-curate and produce HERE’s performance programs and activities. During her tenure, HERE’s budget has nearly doubled, and she was instrumental... Read More →

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Thursday May 4, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Remington, 4th Floor

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