Metropolitan Opera Wins Opera America Grant For New Work ‘Eurydice’

By Francisco Salazar

 OPERA America has announced the grant awards for 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund.

A total of $225,000 was awarded to 11 opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming opera “Eurydice” by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl. The work will be based on the play by Sarah Ruhl and tells the Orpheus story from the perspective of Eurydice, using contemporary language to present the young lovers as quirky and conflicted. “Eurydice” was commissioned in 2015 by the Met Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program.

Other companies who also obtained grants included  American Opera Projects in partnership with Opera Parallèle for “Today It Rains” by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, Beth Morrison Projects for “Magda/Max” by composer Garrett Fisher and librettist Amy Schrader and the Boston Lyric Opera for “Schoenberg in Hollywood” by composer Tod Machover and librettist Simon Robson.

The Glimmerglass Festival was also awarded for “Blue” by composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson, while the Houston Grand Opera also obtained a grant for “The Phoenix” by composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist John Caird. The Long Beach Opera’s “Five” by composer Anthony Davis and librettist Richard Wesley was also among the winners.

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by composer Paola Prestini and librettist Mark Campbell for Minnesota Opera, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons for Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and “The Flood” by composer Korine Fujiwara and librettist Stephen Wadsworth for Opera Columbus, rounded out the winners.

The Repertoire Development Grants allow creators and producers to assess and refine works-in-progress. The grants may be used to offset creative fees and other costs associated with the development of a new opera or music-theater work, including lab productions, workshops, readings and revisions