Opera Fusion: New Works welcomes applications for new operatic works at various stages of development, but focuses on work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically in a well-funded and conducive environment. Works are reviewed and selected by the co-artistic directors in tandem with an advisory board made up of artists and professionals from the world of opera and theatre.
The Opera Fusion: New Works workshops take place at both CCM and Cincinnati Opera locations. Both organizations are equipped with state-of-the art facilities, well-designed and spacious rehearsal rooms, private studios and performance venues. Performers will be cast from CCM Opera and the University of Cincinnati’s OMDA (Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama, Theatere Design & Production and Arts Administration) Division, one of the foremost opera and theatre training programs in North America, in addition to casting professional singers as necessary. Cincinnati Opera provides administrative and logistical support. The composer or composer/librettist team receives an honorarium and per diem, as well as round-trip transportation and accommodations for the duration of the workshop.
The goal of Opera Fusion: New Works is to provide an environment where the composer or composer/librettist team can focus on the development of their work. The residency environment is designed to be inspiring and collaborative, and encourage exploration, innovation, and artistic growth. To that end, all workshops are presented as "readings." Video recordings will be made at different times throughout the workshop to document the process. The composer or composer/librettist team is provided with the following human resources to support the workshop and artistic process: music director, stage director, dramaturg, stage manager, workshop coordinator, 7-10 principal singers and two pianists. In the case of choral writing, every effort will be made to provide at least an SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) ensemble to represent the vocal parts. At the conclusion of the 10-day workshop, there will be a final reading at which a professional audio/visual recording will be made as an archive, developmental resource and promotional tool. The invited audience will include professionals from the field, representatives from opera companies and potential co-producers, in addition to the advisory panel, as available. The residency will conclude with a "next steps" meeting with the composer or composer/librettist team and co-artistic directors. In select cases, a piece may be invited to return for a second developmental workshop the following year.
Opera Fusion: New Works is open to composers or composer/librettist teams of proven artistic merit who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. There are no age restrictions. Completed works and works-in-progress will be equally considered, provided an excerpt of at least 20 minutes in length accompanies this application. A completed libretto and an example of vocal writing must accompany the submission.
Works which have not received a U.S. premiere are eligible to apply. All entries will be reviewed by the co-artistic directors and an advisory panel comprised of opera professionals and experts from the field of opera and theater.