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*)
- One Act Opera – 75 to 80 minutes in length*
- Roles for 2-3 professional singers*
- Musical ensembles of between 6-8 instruments*
- Flexibility in scale and scope as the works will often be performed in smaller venues by companies of varying resources*
- 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
- Compelling true stories
- Content that challenges our audience
- Social Justice
- Strong female roles
- (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.
- (PDF) Bio/Resume from both the Composer and Librettist.
- (Audio/Video Files) Audio/Video examples that display distinguished compositional skills in at least  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  minutes. The more variety the better.
- (PDF) Score samples must be edited to correlate with submitted audio examples.
- (PDF) Please provide up to  libretto samples of varying styles (up to 1500 words total).
For more information, contact:
Opera for All Voices