Support for New Works in Canada
Opera America Magazine •
Opera.ca recently awarded a total of $185,000
for the development and production of seven
new Canadian operas through the Canadian
Opera Creation Fund. Funding decisions are made by an
independent panel of Canadians; the most recent panel
met in Toronto in November and consisted of Mel Braun,
baritone and educator, University of Manitoba; Sophie
Galaise, general director of Orchestre symphonique de
Québec; Morris Panych, playwright and dramaturge; and
Canadian composers Abigail Richardson and James Rolfe.
Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre received
$10,000 toward the development of Svadba, to be composed
by Ana Sokolovic with a libretto by Antoine Laprise.
Vancouver Opera received $15,000 for Lillian Alling, by
composer John Estacio and librettist John Murrell.
Chants libres received $10,000 toward Alexandra, to be
composed by Zack Settel with a libretto by Yan Muckle.
Pacific Opera Victoria received $15,000 for the development
of Mary’s Wedding, by composer Andrew P. Macdonald and Wedding
librettist Stephen Massicotte.
Soundstreams Canada of Toronto received $30,000 toward
the June 2009 production of The Children’s Crusade by R.
Murray Schafer, in partnership with Luminato and The
Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera Works received $30,000 for
its May 2009 production of The Shadow, by Omar Daniel and
librettist Alex Poch-Goldin.
Montreal’s Chants libres received $75,000 for their
November 2009 production of Opéra Féerie, L’oiseau qui dit
la vérité, by Gilles Tremblay, in partnership with Nouvel
Ensemble Moderne (NEM).
“Supporting our members in the development and
production of new operas is a priority for us,” says Christina
Loewen, Opera.ca’s director of operations. “Through the
Canadian Opera Creation Fund, we enhance the quality,
quantity and creativity of new opera works, ensuring our art
form remains vibrant, engaging and on the leading edge of
Additionally, Opera.ca has launched a new initiative, Creative
Connections, in collaboration with The Banff Centre and the
Banff Opera Colloquium. Creative Connections is designed
to foster team-building and shared learning in the sustained
development of full-length Canadian operas. Four composer/
librettist/producer teams will be selected to participate in
round-table and panel discussions; a one-week workshop
process in Banff in summer 2009; and a final showcase
presentation in February 2010 in which excerpts from the
works in progress will be performed with orchestra. Creative
Connections is made possible by funding from the George
Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.
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