New Company, Opera NexGen, Announces Virtual Benefit Gala & Audition Call for ‘Cosi fan tutte’

By Logan Martell

A newly-formed company, Opera NexGen, seeks to bring the next generation of artists to the forefront while pioneering into virtual performances and events.

Led by CEO Jaime Sharp, the team is comprised of a diverse body of members from all backgrounds, the majority of whom are also singers.

“Our mission is to put the voice before all other credentials and discover the next generation of operatic talent,” writes Sharp. “As a queer Black woman, it is extremely important to me that I create an inclusive and welcoming space for all artists. Change begins with those in administrative positions allowing marginalized voices to lead.”

On November 21, the company will present a concert, titled “What Did I Miss? Opera NexGen Benefit Gala.” Featuring two-time Grammy Award winner Sasha Cooke and tenor Limmie Pulliam will be joined by emerging artists. The event will highlight works canceled by Covid-19, as well as underrepresented composers.

Opera NexGen has also announced an audition call for its upcoming production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” with the deadline for submissions being December 4, 2020. The production is currently set for March 12 and 14, 2021, and will be conducted by Jesse Leong and directed by Lauren Lenz.