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Invitational & Jury

Opera For All Voices: Stories Of Our Time

Opera for All Voices (OFAV) is an initiative committed to co-commissioning and co-producing new operatic works for audiences of all ages that bear the same artistic integrity and depth of storytelling as mainstage works. There is additionally a commitment to social impact and the representation of diverse voices through the development of these new and important works.


The first submissions were received in 2015. OFAV was guided by a consortium of opera companies led by the Santa Fe Opera including Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Seattle Opera — resulting in the commission of four new works, flexible in both scope and scale, which can be performed in a variety of venues away from the mainstage. The teams behind the commissioned works were selected through an invitational process and adjudicated by a jury of twelve distinguished individuals in the field of opera.

Projects selected through the invitational are moving through the creation process. Each will receive a workshop, the opportunity to premiere the opera at one of the partner companies listed above, as well as the opportunity for subsequent performances at other partner companies. Additionally, each composer and librettist team selected for the invitational will have the opportunity to be mentored by one of the lead composer and librettist teams. Established, emerging and non-classical composers and librettists are encouraged to submit a proposal.


Opera for All Voices is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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Podcast: Key Change

Key Change │ Creating Opera For All Voices

What if we fail? What if we succeed? What if we keep imagining? These and other questions guide us through the ups and downs of a new initiative called Opera for All Voices. Join us as we explore the commission and creation of new operas and their connection to our industry, our communities, and our future.

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For more information, please contact:

Anna Garcia
Community Engagement Assistant