New Opera West “Pop-Up” Call for Scores

New Opera West is currently accepting composer submissions for NOW’s annual “pop-up” opera performance in Los Angeles featuring multiple opera shorts by different composers.

Performance dates are tentatively planned for beginning of November 2020, with the chance of postponement to Spring 2021.

Criteria:
• 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.
• If the text is not original or in the public domain, composers must submit a letter confirming that permission has been given from the author, poet, or rights holder to set the text to music.
• 2-4 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 elaborate set, and props should be limited to easily acquired items.
• Selected composers will have their scene staged and performed by professional singers in Los Angeles with the possibility of further performances throughout the LA area. Exact performance date TBA.

Application:
• 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, 2020.
• Selected composers will be notified in early October.
• PDF scores and audio files should be sent to: newoperawest@gmail.com 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 newoperawest@gmail.com.
New Opera West: https://www.newoperawest.org

15 Sep 2020