Application

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

Any proposal received after November1, 2017 will not be considered. This request for proposals represents the requirements for an open and competitive process.

  • Composers and librettists must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • The works must be written primarily in English, but multi-language works are welcome.
  • If the source material is not original or in the public domain, specify what efforts have been made to gain underlying rights.
  • Works that have already been presented by way of a workshop or performance will not be considered.
     
Proposal elements (required*)
  1. One Act Opera – 75 to 80 minutes in length*
  2. Roles for 2-3 professional singers*
  3. Musical ensembles of between 6-8 instruments*
  4. Flexibility in scale and scope as the works will often be performed in smaller venues by companies of varying resources*
  5. Performance opportunities for children in featured roles and as chorus. (Modular sections for featured children’s roles and children’s chorus are desired)

CORE THEMES TO CONSIDER
  • Identity
  • Compelling true stories
  • Content that challenges our audience
  • Social Justice
  • Empathy
  • Democracy
  • Resiliency
  • Diversity
  • Relevance
  • Whimsy
  • Strong female roles

Submission Materials

  1. (PDF) A summary/synopsis (200-250 words) and a scene by scene treatment detailing major plot points (up to 1500 words) as well as a listing of all characters by voice type (principals, featured roles, youth roles, and chorus) for the entire work.
  2. (PDF) Bio/Resume from both the Composer and Librettist.
  3. (Audio/Video Files) Audio/Video examples that display distinguished compositional skills in at least [2] of the suggested mediums: solo vocal music, chamber music, adult choral ensemble, children’s chorus (up to 3 parts), opera. Audio/Video examples may not exceed [15] minutes. The more variety the better.
  4. (PDF) Score samples must be edited to correlate with submitted audio examples.
  5. (PDF) Please provide up to [3] libretto samples of varying styles (up to 1500 words total).

NOTE: Please submit all pdf and audio/video files by Dropbox to operaforall@santafeopera.org.