Attention all operatic composers and librettists!
Flourish is a new opera competition, launched by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.
The competition aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.
Submissions are invited for the first stage of the competition, which will showcase extracts from up to five short-listed operas at the King’s Head Theatre on Sunday September 30 2012.
The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday September 2 2012.
A panel of industry judges will choose a winner from the short-listed operas at the event on 30 September. The winning composer and librettist will then have a year to develop the piece, culminating in a full-length production, produced by OperaUpClose at the King’s Head Theatre for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn 2013.
OperaUpClose is known for work large in ambition yet small in scale, and the Flourish competition reflects this with composers and librettists invited to write a piece for up to six performers (divided between singers and instrumentalists as they wish).
The winning opera will be provided with a budget for six performers, a director, designers, stage management and marketing. OperaUpClose and Eclectic Opera will also provide a producer and extensive creative support for the project.
The competition application form can be found here.
Enter by sending your application to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via post to:
115 Upper Street
For more information, download the applicant information sheet here.
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