On Site Opera Awarded $15,000 Art Works Grant

By Francisco Salazar

On Site Opera has received a 15,000 Art Works grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, which approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.

The grant was received to support the commission of “Stay,” a new, immersive opera composed by John Glover with libretto by Kelly Rourke. The site-specific opera is being devised for a 19th-century house on Governors Island just south of Manhattan.

“Stay” will be the third commissioned new work by On Site Opera, which previously presented “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” and Murasaki’s “Moon.”

The new grant marks the second time that the National Endowment for the Arts has been awarded to On Site Opera. The company previously obtained a grant for the 2017 production of Milhaud’s “The Guilty Mother.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their support towards our new commission of ‘Stay.’ This project is not only an opportunity to support the creation of new work by imaginative and bold artists, but also to experiment with what opera is and can be,” Piper Gunnarson, Executive Director of On Site Opera, said, in a press release. “Governors Island is a fascinating pocket of NYC, and the invitation to produce work there invites and inspires so many exciting opportunities to explore how space, music, story, and audience interact with one another.”

On Site Opera will present workshop performances of the new opera in September 2019.