2009 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ March 10, 2008 deadline ]
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Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
American Opera Projects, Inc.
To support the commissioning and development of Heart of Darkness by composer Tarik O'Regan and librettist Tom Phillips. Based on the 1902 novella by Joseph Conrad, the work will be transformed into a one-act opera for 8 singers and 13 instrumentalists.
To support the commissioning and premiere of In the Beginning, by composer Enrique Gonzalez-Medina and librettist Campbell Geeslin, and related outreach activities. After the opera's premiere on the Navajo Nation, an eight-week tour will introduce the production to high schools and community theaters throughout Arizona.
To support the performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Educational programs will include an Opera 101 course open to the public that will provide a synopsis of the plot, musical highlights, and production anecdotes.
Boston Academy of Music, Inc. (aka Opera Boston)
To support a new production by Opera Boston of The Nose (1928) by Dmitri Shostakovitch. The Russian community will be targeted through educational and outreach activities related to the production.
Boston Early Music Festival, Inc.
To support the production of Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, as well as the chamber operas Venus and Adonis by John Blow and Acteon by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Central City Opera House Association
To support a new production of Handel's Rinaldo. The work underscores the company's mission to program familiar works with refreshing, imaginative new productions.
Chicago Opera Theater
To support performances of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito. Outreach activities will include lectures, panel discussions, and performances.
Cincinnati Opera Association
To support a production of Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar, with accompanying outreach activities. Performed in Spanish, the project will be part of the company's Spanish-themed season and will include free preview talks and lectures.
To support a new production of Verdi's Otello, with accompanying outreach activities including lectures, panel discussions with the artists, and a radio broadcast on Classical WRR about the creation of the work. The performances will mark the inaugural production at the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc.
To support artist fees for the Opera Iowa Touring Educational Troupe. The 13-week program will reach students in underserved rural Midwestern schools.
Encompass Theatre Company, Inc.
To support workshops of Acts I and II of the The Theory of Everything by composer John David Earnest and librettist Nancy Rhodes. By rehearsing and examining the score, the creative team will receive feedback to evaluate needs for further development toward the goal of a full-scale production.
Florentine Opera Company, Inc.
To support a new production of Handel's Semele. As part of the company's 75th anniversary season, the work represents the first baroque opera performed for Milwaukee audiences.
Florida Grand Opera, Inc.
To support performances of Lakmé by composer Léo Delibes, with related outreach activities. Artist recitals, lectures, in-school programs, and a family day will coincide with the opera performances.
Fort Worth Opera Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
To support performances of Dead Man Walking by composer Jake Heggie and libretto by Terrence McNally. The work underscores the company's commitment to present new or lesser-known works in an effort to expand the repertoire as well as reach new audiences.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc.
To support production costs of principal artists, directors, and designers for construction of sets and costumes for the 2009 festival. Productions include Verdi's La Traviata, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Menotti's The Consul, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Gotham Chamber Opera, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a new production of Haydn's Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon). The production will take place at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, as the protagonist is an amateur astronomer.
Hawaii Opera Theatre
To support performances of the production of Georges Bizet's Carmen on the island of Maui. In addition to the performances, the company will offer Opera for Everyone for Maui students.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support the premiere of Chorus!, a new fully staged production comprising chorus scenes from opera, musical theater, and religious works. Educational components will include pre-performance lectures, teacher workshop events, choral workshop events for area choir directors and choir members, and lecture presentations.
Ignoti Dei Opera, Inc. (aka American Opera Theater)
To support performances by the American Opera Theater of composer John Adams and poet Alice Goodman's The Death of Klinghoffer. A panel forum including artists, religious, and political leaders will follow performances to discuss the work.
Intermountain Opera Association of Bozeman
To support performances of Puccini's La Bohème with related educational outreach activities. The performances will take place at the Wilson Auditorium utilizing a core group of professional singers, augmented by instrumentalists and singers from the local community.
Los Angeles Opera Company
Los Angeles, CA
To support the commissioning and premiere of Il Postino, by composer and librettist Daniel Catán. The work fulfills the company's core mission: to create new productions by integrating the traditional operatic art form with the creativity of Hollywood directors, writers, production designers, and musical artists.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
To support a new production of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. Francesca Zambello will direct, Sven Ortel will provide projection designs, and Sir Andrew Davis will conduct a cast led by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Marguerite), tenor Paul Groves (Faust), and bass-baritone John Relyea (Méphistophélès).
Martina Arroyo Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Prelude to Performance. The professional development program provides vocal and theatrical training to emerging opera artists.
Merola Opera Program
San Francisco, CA
To support master teachers and instructors at the professional training program for singers, apprentice coaches, and an apprentice stage director. Participants will receive private coaching and attend master classes between opera's veteran and emerging artists.
Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. (aka the Met)
New York, NY
To support a new production of La Sonnambula by composer Vincenzo Bellini. The opera will be conducted by Evelino Pidò in his Met debut, directed by Tony Award-winning theater artist Mary Zimmerman, with set design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Mara Blumenfeld, and lighting design by T.J. Gerckens.
Michigan Opera Theatre
To support a new production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love). Performances will be accompanied by educational outreach activities.
Minnesota Opera Company
To support the American premiere of Pinocchio, by composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton. The opera is based upon the book by Carlos Collodi.
New Orleans Opera Association
New Orleans, LA
To support performances of Bizet's Carmen. The production will mark the opening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, damaged and closed since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
New York City Opera, Inc. (aka City Opera)
New York, NY
To support a new production of Ester by Hugo Weisgall
OPERA America, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the continued provision of publication and online services to opera companies and artists. The national service organization for opera will provide essential support to member artists and companies in realizing artistic excellence and service to their local communities.
OPERA America, Inc. (consortium)
New York, NY
To support programming that will build capacity for the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. In consortium with Cincinnati Opera, the organization will lead a series of workshops and seminars.
To support a new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. The production also will be used by the education and outreach departments to reach and inspire new and younger audiences.
Opera Company of Philadelphia
To support performances of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Education and outreach activities will be offered for audiences.
Opera for the Young, Inc.
To support the performing artists costs for a multi-state tour of a new production of Dvorak's Rusalka. The company condensed and adapted this 45-minute opera.
Opera Memphis, Inc. (aka Opera Memphis)
To support performances of Scott Joplin and Treemonisha, based on the opera by Scott Joplin. The revised opera will include additional scenes and musical elements in an effort to make Treemonisha more approachable to a wider audience.
To support the Young Artist Program for singers. The professional development project will provide opportunities for singers to perform in supporting operatic roles for mainstage productions and other primary roles in family matinee productions and community outreach activities.
Fort Washington, PA
To support the premiere of Transitions (Sung Stories), by composer Leslie Savoy Burrs and librettist Jules Tasca. The newly created opera, created in partnership with NewCourtland Elder Services, will feature stories of the local residents.
Opera Omaha, Inc. (consortium)
To support a new production of the children's opera Brundibár composed by Hans Krasa with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister. Performances will be held at the 900-seat Rose Theater, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Omaha Institute for Holocaust Education.
Opera San Jose, Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support performances of a new production of Bizet's Carmen. An admission-free student matinee and family evening at the opera will be offered, and preview lectures at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont San Jose Hotel will feature musical excerpts from the work.
Opera Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
To support the commissioning, development, and premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the 1961 novel by Mark McShane and the award-winning screen adaptation by Bryan Forbes, the opera will be directed by Scott Schwartz and conducted by maestro Valery Ryvkin.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support a new production and adaptation of The Ghosts of Versailles, by composer John Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman. The company will produce this alternative version specifically developed for small and mid-size companies.
Orlando Opera Company, Inc.
To support OperaEvery1, an outreach and education program. The company's endeavors will focus on both mainstage productions and presentations in alternative venues throughout the community.
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center (aka Lyric Opera Center for American Artists)
To support the Rising Stars in Concert. The program will be presented by artists in the singer training and professional development program at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.
Pensacola Opera, Inc.
To support performances of Verdi's Aida. In addition to the production, innovative educational projects will be implemented including historical perspectives on civilizations, slavery, and Egyptian culture.
Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Inc. (aka Opera Theater of Pittsburgh)
To support a production of Gershwin?s Porgy & Bess .
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.
To support a production of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri. The company will develop education and community engagement programs and corresponding written materials focusing on the theme and content of the opera.
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support the student matinee performance of Puccini's La Bohème. In partnership with Pittsburgh public schools, the opera will bring thousands of students from more than 25 area high schools to view the performances.
Portland Opera Association, Inc.
To support the Portland Opera Studio Artists (POSA) and the POSA Chamber Opera. The training program provides education and performance opportunities for young artists, while the chamber ensemble provides audiences access to more intimate chamber operas.
San Diego Opera Association
San Diego, CA
To support a new production of Massenet's Don Quichotte. Activities designed around the production will include a student dress rehearsal for youth from San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico, schools; pre-performance lectures; and an Artists' Roundtable, where the public will have an opportunity to meet the singers, conductor, and director.
San Francisco Opera Association
San Francisco, CA
To support performances of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West and related educational outreach activities.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
To support the commissioning and premiere of The Letter, by composer Paul Moravec and libretto by Terry Teachout. Education and outreach programs will include free public lectures about the opera and a symposium involving the composer, librettist, and director.
To support a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). Performances of the opera will be accompanied by preview talks, lectures, and radio broadcasts.
Syracuse Opera Company, Inc. (consortium)
To support performances of Puccini's La Bohème and a series of art song recitals, L'heure exquise. In partnership with the Everson Museum of Art, the project is a community-wide celebration to present works from the Impressionism art movement in performance and exhibition.
Syracuse Opera Company, Inc.
To support a new production of Mark Adamo's Little Women. Outreach activities will include free previews, pre-performance talks, and a special panel discussion called Living Opera that will explore what makes the opera relevant today.
Washington National Opera (consortium)
To support a new production of Wagner's Siegfried. The production will be created in partnership with San Francisco Opera.
Washington National Opera
To support the production of a concert version of Wagner's Gotterdammerung
Wichita Grand Opera, Inc.
To support a new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Education and outreach activities will include workshops and seminars at Wichita State University and for the Young and Resident Artists. Rossini's The Barber of Seville, including outreach activities with local schools.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (consortium)
To support the commissioning and workshops of The Government Inspector, by composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell. In partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the opera will be based on the Russian comedy by playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency
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