2007 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ March 13, 2006 deadline ]
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Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Anchorage Opera Company
To support the commissioning and presentation of an opera by composers Michael Ching and John Pingayak and librettists David Hunsaker and Jack Dalton. Based on Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, the new work will fuse elements of indigenous Alaskan mythology and storytelling traditions with Western operatic composition.
To support the Student Matinee Program. The company will provide program excerpts of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette to ninth-grade students of area public schools.
Austin Lyric Opera
To support the American premiere of Waiting for the Barbarians by composer and librettist Philip Glass. An education symposium and additional education and outreach activities will accompany the performances.
Boston Early Music Festival, Inc.
To support the North American premiere of Psyché by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The fully staged performances will include early music performers, choristers, and dancers, and will serve as the centerpiece of the 14th biennial festival.
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
To support a production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). An admission-free performance will be included for youth and adults served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, Osada, and the McAuley Center for Women - nonprofit organizations supporting underserved communities.
Central City Opera House Association
To support the world premiere of Poet Li Bai by composer Guo Wenjing and librettists Diana Liao and Xu Ying. The new opera is inspired by the work of Li Bai, a revered Chinese poet who lived 1,200 years ago during the Tang dynasty.
To support a production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Activities held in conjunction with the African American Museum will delve into the genesis of the opera and its place in American history and contemporary musical history.
Florida Grand Opera, Inc.
To support the world premiere of Anna Karenina by composer David Carlson and librettist Colin Graham. The two-act opera, based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, will take place during the annual OPERA America conference and will be performed in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami's new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.
Fort Worth Opera Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
To support the world premiere of Frau Margot by composer Thomas Pasatieri and librettist Frank Corsaro. The opera will be the company's first world premiere and will anchor the company's first summer festival season, as it makes a shift from nearly 60 years of fall-spring programming.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc.
To support The Orpheus Project. The summer-long festival will examine the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through opera, film, music, literature, and public discourse.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support the commissioning and premiere of Love, Success, and Other Disappointments by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Based on an original text by playwright Terrence McNally, the musical theater work will combine spoken text, solos, and ensembles with an onstage chamber orchestra, and will feature American mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade.
Intermountain Opera Association of Bozeman
To support performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and related educational activities. Three performances will take place at Willson Auditorium utilizing a core group of professional singers, augmented by instrumentalists and singers from the local community.
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
To support faculty costs for a comprehensive singer training and professional development program. Faculty will provide a multidisciplinary program of study to prepare young artists for professional operatic careers.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
To support a production of Doctor Atomic by composer John Adams, with the libretto by Adams and Peter Sellars. The opera examines the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, and explores the moral dilemmas and global ramifications of the nuclear bomb.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
To support a new production of Jake Heggie's opera The End of the Affair. Based on the Graham Greene novel, the opera will be adapted for smaller-scale performances by regional opera houses.
Merola Opera Program
San Francisco, CA
To support a professional training program for singers, apprentice coaches, and an apprentice stage director. Participants will receive private coaching and attend master classes that serve as forums for intergenerational exchange between opera's veterans and newcomers.
Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. (aka the Met)
New York, NY
To support a new production of Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. The production will be conducted by James Levine, and produced by Mark Morris, with sets by Allen Moyer, costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, and lighting by James Ingalls.
Michigan Opera Theatre
To support the world premiere of Cyrano by composer David DiChiera and librettist Bernard Uzan. The project is a collaboration between Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Minnesota Opera Company (Consortium)
To support a consortium project for the premiere of the new opera The Grapes of Wrath by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie. Co-commissioned and co-produced with Utah Symphony & Opera, the project will bring John Steinbeck's 1939 novel to the opera stage.
New York City Opera, Inc. (aka City Opera)
New York, NY
To support a new production of Rossini's La donna del lago. The opera is set in 16th-century Scotland and is based on Sir Walter Scott's 1810 poem The Lady of the Lake.
OPERA America, Inc.
New York, NY
To support publications and online services for opera companies and artists. The national service organization for opera will provide essential support to member artists and companies in realizing artistic excellence and service to their local communities.
OPERA America, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support a project to build capacity for the creation, presentation, and appreciation of opera in the tri-state region of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. In partnership with Fort Worth Opera, OPERA America will increase public awareness of the opera art form by conducting workshops and seminars that will be tailored to local needs.
To support the Young Artist Program for singers. In its 25th season, the professional development project will provide opportunities for singers to perform in supporting operatic roles, primary roles in family matinee productions, and community outreach activities.
Opera Omaha, Inc.
To support the commissioning and world premiere of Blizzard Voices by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Ted Kooser. The opera will be the centerpiece of the company's 50th anniversary season.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support the development of a new production of The Ghosts of Versailles by composer John Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman. The company will work closely with the composer and publisher G. Schirmer to develop an alternative version of the opera that mid-size and smaller companies can successfully produce.
To support a production of The Trumpet of the Swan by Evelyn Swensson. The work is based on E.B. White's 1970 book by the same title, chosen from the list of required reading from the Delaware Department of Education.
Pine Mountain Music Festival, Inc.
To support performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti and a tour by the Resident Opera Artist Program. The touring program will serve opera audiences in the remote region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the creation of a new production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Co-produced with Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, the project will draw upon both companies' shared expertise and technology and will provide a unique creative opportunity that will strengthen both organizations.
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.
To support a production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. The company will develop education and community engagement programs and corresponding written materials created to focus on the theme and content of the opera.
Portland Opera Association Inc.
To support the production of Die Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner. A study guide and admission to the final dress rehearsal will be made available for students, and public outreach programs will expand community awareness of the musical and historical significance of the work.
San Diego Opera Association
San Diego, CA
To support a new production of Wozzeck by Alban Berg. Activities designed around the production will include a student dress rehearsal for youth from San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico, schools; pre-performance lectures; and an Artists' Roundtable, where the public will have an opportunity to meet the singers, conductor, and director.
San Francisco Opera Association
San Francisco, CA
To support the world premiere of Appomattox by composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton. The opera is based on the final encounter of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the last days of the Civil War.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
To support the American premiere of Tea: A Mirror of Soul by Tan Dun with libretto by Xu Ying and the composer. Education and outreach programs will include free public lectures about the opera and a symposium involving the composer, librettist, and director.
To support a production of Handel's Guilio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Casear in Egypt). Performances of the opera will be accompanied by preview talks, lectures, and radio broadcasts.
Tulsa Opera, Inc.
To support An American Trilogy as part of the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration. The company will produce Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Robert Ward's The Crucible, and an adaptation of David Carlson's Dreamkeepers, titled The Trail of Tears Oratorio.
Virginia Opera Association, Inc.
To support a production of Handel's Agrippina (1710). Performances will take place in Norfolk, Fairfax, and Richmond, Virginia.
Washington National Opera
To support a new production of Verdi's Macbeth. The production will be part of a citywide Shakespeare in Washington festival.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
To support a professional training program for singers. Participants will receive individualized training from music and language coaches, directors, and conductors.
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