Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Atlanta Opera Introduces 24-Hour Opera Project

Initiative Part of OPERA America’s National Opera Week

Calling area composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers! The opera world is full of drama, intrigue, romance, comedy, and tragedy – how about experiencing all of those things in 24 hours? In celebration of OPERA America’s National Opera Week, opera organizations and educational programs in the Metro-Atlanta area will be hosting a 24-Hour Opera Project. Think of it as a creative science project where Verdi meets reality TV!

Composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers from all over may apply to join in the project. Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write an opera. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to participating stage directors, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have 8 hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 12 hours after the project begins.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2010.

Who can participate?

Composers, lyricists, stage directors, and singers may apply (experience required).
Download the appropriate application:
Composer Application (PDF)
Lyricist Application (PDF)
Singer Application (PDF)
Stage Director Application (PDF)

What are we talking about?

We’re talking about opera insanity! 24 hours to compose, rehearse, and perform an opera with strangers. Prizes will be awarded following the showcase-concert in the following categories: Best Use of Props, Most Diva-licious, Best Death Scene, and Best Overall Composition.

Where will the event take place?

The 24-Hour Opera Project will take place on the campus of Georgia State University.

When will this happen?
Saturday November 06, 2010
Sunday November 07, 2010
Why are we subjecting ourselves to such madness?

Because we’re crazy! (And we want everyone to see how cool opera is!)

Still have questions?

Please contact The Atlanta Opera education department at 404.881.8801 or

The Fine Print: 
Compositions must be 7-10 minutes in length, written and performed in English and scored for 4 singers (soprano/mezzo/tenor/bass) with piano, and composed around a specific theme (top secret until November 6!). Pre-existing compositions will not be eligible. Composition teams will be paired randomly, compositions will be assigned to stage directors randomly, and participating singers will be selected to perform through a singer “draft.” Submission of application in any category does not guarantee participation, and artists may only apply in one discipline; Applicants selected to participate will be notified by October 25.

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