For Immediate Release
Contact: Patricia Kiernan Johnson;

June 2, 2006

OPERA America presents a Composer/Librettist Workshop June 10, 2006

New York, NY--OPERA America announces the next program in the San Francisco Bay Initiative—the Composer/Librettist Workshop to be held June 10, 2006 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA. The Composer/Librettist Workshop is presented in partnership with San Francisco Opera and made possible with generous support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Registration is as low as $40 for OPERA America members. For information on how to register, contact Anne Choe at 212-796-8620 extension 202 or via email at

The Composer/Librettist Workshop will immerse artists in the business of opera and teach them skills that prepare them for the future. A number of high caliber panelists will address topics that are essential to the career development of creative artists in opera. The discussions will include:
  • Finding creative partners & ideal projects
  • Self-publishing and the role of the publisher
  • Self-producing and marketing your opera
  • Getting the first and second production
The Workshop will put composers and librettists in direct contact with the leaders of the opera field and acclaimed artists. These include: David Gockley, General Director, San Francisco Opera, Norman D. Ryan, Head of Contemporary Music, Schott Music & European American Music Dist. LLC, Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland East Bay Symphony, librettist Gene Scheer, and composers Paul Dresher, Jake Heggie, Joan La Barbara, and Conrad Susa. Registrants will have the chance to meet panelists during sessions, breaks, and a networking lunch at the opera house.

The San Francisco Bay Initiative is a series of programs designed to build capacity for the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in Northern California. The San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant opera community, anchored by San Francisco Opera, is home to a number of other opera companies, several educational institutions that train singers, and a strong cadre of creative artists — including composers, librettists, singers, and technical personnel, making it an ideal location for OPERA America’s varied programs. The Bay Area Initiative allows OPERA America to present core programs and develop new events to meet the needs of different constituent groups.

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OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical, and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.

Founded in 1970, OPERA America’s worldwide membership network includes nearly 200 Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and more than 16,000 subscribers to the association’s electronic news service. In 2005, OPERA America relocated from Washington, D.C. to New York as the first step in creating the first-ever National Opera Center. With a wide range of artistic and administrative services in a purpose-built facility, the Opera Center is dedicated to increasing the level of excellence, creativity and effectiveness across the field.

OPERA America’s long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of The Opera Fund, a growing endowment which allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since its inception, OPERA America has made grants of nearly $11 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with the creation and development of new works.