Opera: FY2004 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
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Anchorage Opera Company
To support the Summer Opera Camp, a tour, and residencies in
communities throughout Alaska. During a 13-week fall residency,
Studio Theatre artists will tour to Barrow, to an Inupiaq village,
and to the North Slope of Alaska.
Arizona Opera Company
To support Opera Briefs, an in-school program that will be
presented throughout Arizona. The seven-week tour will feature a
condensed, 45-minute, English version of Rossini's La
Augusta Opera Association
To support the Outreach Program. Performances will be held in a
variety of venues including middle and high schools, assisted
living homes, and senior citizen centers throughout the Central
Savannah River area. The company will partner with school systems
in the area to expose students to the art of opera.
Boston Lyric Opera Company
To support outdoor performances of Verdi's Aida. Two free
performances of the opera, to be held on the Boston Common in fall
2005, will be accompanied by community programs designed
specifically for young adults and professionals.
Cincinnati Opera Association
To support touring of a new bilingual opera, and other outreach
programs. The family-friendly opera, How Nanita Learned to Make
Flan, will be mounted using full costumes and sets and
constructed so that it will adapt to a variety of venues.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support a consortium project comprising a series of access
programs. In partnership with New York City Opera, the series will
include the Summer Seminar Weekend, featuring co-productions of
Puccini's La Fanciulla de West and Gilbert & Sullivan's
Patience; the Young Artist Spring Tour; and workshops for
high school students.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support Discover America: Community Connections Initiative,
Phase II. The initiative will focus on opera performances that
reach a broad base of young and diverse audiences and are
reasonably priced or free to the public.
Intermountain Opera Association of Bozeman
To support performances of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
and related educational activities. Three performances will take
place at Wilson Auditorium utilizing a core group of six
professional singers from New York, augmented by instrumentalists
and singers from the community.
Lake George Opera Festival Association,
Saratoga Springs, NY
To support regional touring of opera for elementary, middle, and
high school students. The tour will include communities in Vermont,
Massachusetts, and upstate New York.
Mississippi Opera Association, Inc.
To support a staged production of The Gospel at Colonus,
composed by Bob Telson and libretto written by Lee Breuer.
Performance of the gospel oratorio will take place at Thalia Mara
Hall in Jackson.
Opera Idaho, Inc.
To support performances of Guiseppe Verdi's La Traviata. In
collaboration with the Rimrock Opera Company, the project will
present the production to artistically underserved populations in
Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
To support A Festival of Shakespeare in Song. The festival will
feature five performances of Charles Gounod's Romeo and
Juliet and four performances of Benjamin Britten's A
Midsummer Night's Dream.
Opera Omaha, Inc.
To support Opera Insights and Opera for Everyone. The two programs
are part of a community access initiative designed to bring opera
to the general public.
Pine Mountain Music Festival, Inc.
To support performances of Puccini's La Boheme and a tour
by the Young Resident Artists. Performances will take place in
Michigan's rural Upper Peninsula in Houghton at the Rozsa Center
for the Performing Arts, a three-year-old, state-of-the-art
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support a consortium project that will bring artist residencies
and opera performance touring to college campuses. In collaboration
with the Appalachian College Association, the company will provide
multi-day residencies on campuses in Kentucky, North Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
To support the production and tour of the opera Why Dinosaurs
Don't Litter by Susan M. Yankee. Community performances will be
accompanied by educational residencies in eight cities and
underserved areas throughout Louisiana and East Texas.
Tulsa Opera, Inc.
To support educational and outreach programs. The project will
include an Opera Express tour; a student matinee; Tulsa Youth
Opera; Opera Insights 101 & 102; Music! Words! Opera!; Literacy
Through Opera; Education Attic; and Opera Imaginaire.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Inc. (consortium)
To support a production of Nixon in China by John Adams with
libretto by Alice Goodman. In consortium with the Boston Academy of
Music, the New England premiere of this opera will feature two
fully staged performances at the Emerson Majestic Theater in
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
To support a production of La Traviata by Guiseppi Verdi.
Two performances of the opera sung in Italian with projected
English supertitles will be held at Theatre Cedar Rapids.
Central City Opera House Association
To support a new production of Le Jongleur de Notre Dame by
Jules Massenet. This regional premiere, sung in French, will have
11 performances at the Central City Opera House.
Chicago Opera Theater
To support the Young Artist Program. The performance-based training
program will engage young professionals for six to 15 weeks, during
which they will receive individual coaching, take part in master
classes with world-class coaches, and have the opportunity to
understudy principal roles.
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
To support Morton Feldman's opera Neither on a double-bill
with Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung. Ten performances of the
Neither/Erwartung project will be held at the 500-seat St.
Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.
To support a production of Jenufa by Leos Janacek. Four
performances of the opera will be given at the Music Hall at Fair
Florida Grand Opera, Inc.
To support the American premiere of Szulamit by Hungarian
composer Ede Donath. This new production will receive five
performances at the Dade County Auditorium in Miami and two
additional performances at the Broward Center for the Performing
Arts in Fort Lauderdale.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc.
To support the world premiere of The Refugees by Stephen
Hartke with libretto by Philip Littell. Based on Guy de
Maupassant's short story Boule de Suif, the opera will have
nine performances during the company's 30th festival season.
Kentucky Opera Association
To support a new co-production of Cendrillon by Jules
Massenet. Two performances of this production, set in mid-20th
century, will be held at Whitney Hall in the Kentucky Center for
Knoxville Opera Company
To support the The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini
and The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The
operas will be performed as the centerpiece of the third Rossini
Festival in Knoxville.
Long Beach Opera
Long Beach, CA
To support a new production of Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent
Woman) by Richard Strauss. Two performances of the opera will
be held at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
To support faculty costs for the singer training and professional
development program. The year-long vocal instruction program
includes language, theatrical and vocal instruction, as well as
master classes and career development guidance.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
To support the world premiere of A Wedding by William Bolcom
with the libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Robert Altman. Based on
Robert Altman's 1978 film of the same name, the opera will be a
major highlight of the company's Golden Jubilee Season.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
To support a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by
Benjamin Britten. Five performances will be held at the Lyric
Theatre in Kansas City reaching an estimated audience of 4,500.
Madison Opera, Inc.
To support a production of Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. The
opera will be performed in the new 2,250-seat Overture Hall in
Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a new production of Don Giovanni by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart. Maestro James Levine will conduct 15 performances
at the Lincoln Center Opera House.
Minnesota Opera Company
To support a new production of Lucretia Borgia by Gaetano
Donizetti. Five performances will be held at the Ordway Center for
the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, MN.
New York City Opera, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a new production of Morning Becomes Electra by
Marvin David Levy. Five performances will be given at Lincoln
Center's New York State Theater.
Opera Orchestra of New York, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the specialized training and professional development of
opera singers in the Young Artist Program. The program will offer
individual instruction and ensemble training, provide technical and
professional skills, and teach work habits necessary for a
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support a new production of Gloriana by Benjamin Britten
with libretto by William Plomer. Six performances will be given at
the 987-seat theater at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton
To support, through a Chairman's extraordinary action award,
production of educational material and performances of THE HOBBIT
by the Family Opera Theater. Students, teachers, and families will
be introduced to opera through this adaptation of J. R. R.
Tolkien's novel, THE HOBBIT. This classic fantasy is a core
book for Delaware schools and the company will integrate state
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.
To support the regional premiere of Dead Man Walking by Jake
Heggie. Six performances of this new American work will be featured
at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh.
San Diego Opera Association
San Diego, CA
To support a new production of The Pearl Fishers by George
Bizet. Four performances with sets and costumes by British fashion
icon Zandra Rhodes will be held at the Civic Theatre.
San Francisco Opera Association
San Francisco, CA
To support the United States premiere of Le Grand Macabre by
Gyorgy Ligeti. Six performances of the opera will take place at the
3,148-seat War Memorial House.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
To support the commission of a new opera Bel Canto by Aaron
Jay Kernis with libretto by Philip Littell. Based on the American
novel of the same name by Ann Pachett, the opera will be written
for seven principal soloists, a mixed chorus of 24-36 singers, and
To support a new production of George Bizet's Carmen. Twelve
performances will be held in the new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Syracuse Opera Company, Inc.
To support a new production of The Magic Flute by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart. Two performances will be held at the 2,000-seat
Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center
Theaters at Oncenter.
Teatro de la Opera de Puerto Rico, Inc.
San Juan, PR
To support a production of Tristen und Isolde by Richard
Wagner. Two performances of the opera will be held at the
1,800-seat Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center in San Juan.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
To support the world premiere of Volpone, a new chamber
opera by John Musto with libretto by Mark Campbell. Commisioned by
the Wolf Trap Foundation, the opera will have three performances at
The Barnes of Wolf Trap, a 352-seat venue.
Heritage & Preservation
Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the recording and distribution of a two compact-disc
set of the opera Amistad, composed by Anthony Davis with
libretto by Thulani Davis. The two-act opera is based on the
Amistad revolt of 1839, a successful uprising of captives on a
slave ship en route to America.
Services to Arts Organizations and Artists
Opera America, Inc.
To support information service print publications and online
databases. Nine print and online resources provide pertinent
artistic, financial and programmatic information to the
organization's 117 company members and individual singer
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