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 West Edge Opera
Summary:Opera Opportunity
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Date Posted: 18 July 2018
Details: West Edge Opera (in Berkeley CA) is soliciting excerpts of unproduced works in progress to present in Snapshot - a series of new works in a professional concert/workshop setting.

Collaborating with San Francisco-based Earplay (www.earplay.org) as the instrumental ensemble, Snapshot is an opportunity to get shorter works or exceprts of longer works on their feet with world class vocalists and instrumentalists. The performances are well attended by the general public and reviewed by high profile publications.

Read about previous year's festival here:
https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/west-edge-opera/west-edge-opera-serves-a-tantalizing-sampler-of-promising-new-operas
https://www.kdfc.com/2018/02/snapshot-operas-progress/
http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/West-Edge-mounts-an-eclectic-operatic-showcase-10946862.php
https://www.sfcv.org/preview/west-edge-opera/snapshot-takes-west-edge-opera-into-new-territory

Deadline for submission September 30, 2018

The program will be during the weekend of Jan 19-20, 2019

Criteria:
• Works must have not received a staged public performance
• Works must have had no public performance (staged or otherwise) in the Bay Area
• Either the composer or lyricist must have resided on the west coast (CA, OR, or WA) for at least 4 years in the last 20.
• Excerpts should be between 10 and 20 minutes long and use a maximum of 4 performers/singers.
• Excerpts should be (re)scored for piano and a selection of up to 6 additional instruments, selected from the following: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet (1 of each).
• Excerpts that show dramatic interest are preferred. 15 minutes that show a development of character or situation are preferred to static or expository arias.
• Submissions are limited to ONLY the excerpt that we are to consider. If there are multiple excerpts from the piece that you think would work, you may suggest up to TWO excerpts. If you are attaching the entire score, make it very clear which excerpts are to be considered.
• Composer or Lyricist must be present in the San Francisco Bay Area for the week of the performance (we are unable to offer a travel stipend).
• Vocal Scores must be completed by Nov 1, 2018.
• Score and parts (reduced for Snapshot ensemble) must be completed by Dec 1, 2018.
• Applicants may be of any age or nationality.

Web Site:westedgeopera.submittable.com/...

 Sarasota Opera Request For Submission of New Youth Works
Summary:Opera for Young People
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 15 April 2015
Details: Sarasota Opera is pleased to invite composers to submit works for a new opera for possible production in November 2017 by Sarasota Youth Opera, one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States.

This invitation is open to any living composer or librettist, of any age, who is a United States citizen.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 5 pm.

Click HERE to download submission form

About Sarasota Youth Opera:

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions.

Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.

Since 1986, five commissioned world premieres and over 20 additional youth opera productions have been presented. Past commissions include:

2012 Little Nemo in Slumberland (music by Daron Hagen, libretto by J.D. McClatchy)
2004 The Language of Birds (music by John Kennedy, libretto by Peter Krask)
1998 Eye of Ra (music by Tom Suta, libretto by Diana Colson)
1993 Her Lightness (music and libretto by Polly Pen)
1989 Deadline

Our most recent commission, Little Nemo in Slumberland, featured over 106 young people and used a ground-breaking projection technology called SCRIBE (Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment) to bring Winsor McCay’s comic strips to life. Since it’s 2012 premiere, Little Nemo in Slumberland has been performed by The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, Tulsa Youth Opera, La Sierra University, and Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts.

In November 2014, SYO presented Dean Burry’s The Hobbit. Based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic adventure was brought to life with a cast of over 95 young people and 12 professional musicians on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.

Both Little Nemo in Slumberland and The Hobbit performed to sold-out audiences.

Basics:

-English Libretto
-60 minutes of playing time. One Intermission optional.
-10 to 15 solo youth roles in treble voice
-Optional 1 to 3 adult players. Adults may portray more than one character.
-SSAB youth chorus ensemble that is featured predominately throughout the work
-Chamber orchestration of no more than 13 instruments, may include piano
-Roles with specific physical requirements are best avoided
-Entirely sung (minimal spoken narration or dialog optional)

Aesthetics:

"Sarasota Opera is dedicated to performing classic works of opera in a manner that is true to the composer’s intentions. In the years that we have been doing productions with our Youth Opera, I have found there are few works of substantial musical value for young people to perform. In our desire to increase the repertoire we are looking for music that is rooted in the classic music style, reflecting how that music is written today without the influence of other genres such musical theater, jazz or other popular idioms.

"The Youth Opera was begun as a way to get young people interested in art music. The works we are looking for should help achieve that goal and be musically sophisticated enough to appeal to adults while still accessible to children."

--Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director, Sarasota Opera

Guidelines:

-Copyright clearance must obtained prior to entry
-Submissions must be unpublished works not currently accepted by a publisher for publication or rental
-Works may have been workshopped, but should not have received a premiere performance
-Works should show an awareness of the practical realities of rehearsal and performance
-Sarasota Opera will hold the rights for the premiere performances and one subsequent production

Submission:

-Piano-Vocal format
-Minimum 30% complete (approximately 20 minutes of music)
-Submission must include at least one (1) chorus ensemble number
-Each composer may submit up to three (3) works
-Manuscripts should be legible if hand-written

Submission should include:
-Submission Form
-Letter of Introduction
-Resume
-PDF of PV and Libretto
-Each score must have a title page containing characters, voice types, and brief synopsis for proposed work
-If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return
-Inclusion of a recording of work-shopped scenes, full opera, or midi recording is optional

If no entry is deemed appropriate, the panel reserves the right to not make a selection and no fee will be awarded.

Submissions May Be Sent To:

Sarasota Opera
New Youth Works Submission
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

youthopera@sarasotaopera.org

Materials may be submitted electronically via this Dropbox link: Submit Materials.

If submitting electronically, please include “Composer Last Name, Composer First Name” at the beginning of each file name (eg: "Doe_Jane_Opera_Title").

Timeline:

September 2015 Submission Deadline
December 2015 Finalists Announced
May 2016 Finalists Submitted Completed PV
August 2016 Final Selection(s) Announced – Winner(s) Complete Orchestration
November 2017 Premiere Production

Fee:

Composer $15,000
Librettist $10,000
Composer/Librettist (wrote both) $20,000
Web Site:www.sarasotaopera.org/Request_...