Call for short opera scenes - NEW OPERA WEST

New Opera West is currently accepting composer submissions for NOW’s upcoming November 17th, 2019 “pop-up” opera performance in Los Angeles. 

  • Open to all composers regardless of age or nationality.
  • Opera scenes of about 5-10 minutes in length.
  • The scene may be on any topic.
  • Text must be in English. 
  • Scenes may be excerpted from a longer piece, but they must stand on their own with a complete, coherent dramatic arc.
  • 2-3 characters of standard voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone) in any combination. It is best if each character is a distinct voice type, but it’s not required.
  • Piano accompaniment.
  • Any staging requirements should be minimal. There will be no set, and props should be limited to easily acquired items.
  • Selected composers will have their scene performed by professional singers on the November 17 performance in Los Angeles with the possibility of further performances throughout the LA area.


  • There is no application fee.
  • Score should be in PDF format. Ideally, scores should be notated in Finale, Sibelius, or a similar computer notation program.
  • If possible, include an mp3 audio recording (MIDI realization acceptable).
  • Deadline is September 15, 2019. 
  • Selected composers will be notified in early October.
  • PDF scores and audio files should be sent to: with “[LAST NAME, FIRST NAME]: NOW November Pop-up” in the subject line. Example: SMITH, EMMA: NOW November Pop-up

Any questions may be submitted to
New Opera West:

15 Sep 2019