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Wednesday, May 18 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
New Works Forum FULL

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The opera industry continues to identify and support the creators of new works while also working to address challenges and opportunities associated with producing in the 21st century. The New Works Forum is a series of sessions that offers insight, practical knowledge and networking opportunities for creators and producers of new opera and music-theater works. 

Advance registration required. No additional fee.

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. WELCOME
Laura Lee Everett, OPERA America’s director of artistic services, introduces the recipients of the Opera Grants for Female Composers and shares announcements about upcoming New Works Forum events. 

Creators and administrators in opera share a common vocabulary to discuss and critique canonic composers and their work. With contemporary opera’s genre-bending styles of composition and untraditional dramaturgical formats, it can be challenging to identify terminology to describe shared experiences and articulate your personal responses to a new piece. In this session, Ben Krywosz, artistic director of Nautilus Music-Theater, leads exercises on developing vocabulary that can help you define your personal aesthetic and translate it into programming choices for your company and your audience.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BESPOKE OPERA
While many theatrical works strive for global and timeless appeal, the most resonant stories often come from local or personal accounts. Three companies share their perspectives on developing works that are specific to their geographic area. Examine the unconventional paths that led to the creation of these projects and explore the communities’ responses to these tailor-made operas. Garnett Bruce (moderator); Brittany Duncan, programs director, HGOco; Ben Hilgert, U.S. Army Field Band; Andrea Walters, librettist.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NEW WORKS FORUM DISCUSSION
Participate in a facilitated discussion about other topics that arise in the course of the New Works Forum and provide input on what would be most helpful to your work going forward. OPERA America stands at the ready to hear your feedback and shape future programs to address your needs and suggestions.

The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Laura Lee Everett

Chief Programs Officer, OPERA America

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Garnett Bruce

Stage Director, Independent
Stage Director, (Recently San Diego, Utah, Chicago, San Francisco, Omaha) Faculty at Peabody/JHU and Aspen Music Festival & School
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Brittany Duncan

HGOco Programs Director, Houston Grand Opera
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Ben Hilgert

Producer, Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band
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Ben Krywosz

Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater
Producer/Director/Dramaturg BEN KRYWOSZ is the co-founder of Nautilus Music-Theater, for which he serves as Artistic Director. The company’s work blurs the distinction between classical opera, American musicals, and innovative alternative work. In addition to directing fully-staged... Read More →
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Andrea Walters

Administrative Coordinator, The Santa Fe Opera
Andrea Fellows Walters has been associated with The Santa Fe Opera for over twenty-seven years and Director of Education and Community Programs since 1993. She brings a deeply-rooted love and appreciation for the performing arts in her work as an administrator, educator, producer... Read More →


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