Opera America Announces 20 Winners of Major Innovation Grants

By David Salazar

Opera America has announced the recipients of the second cycle of Innovation Grants.

The grants, which are “generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation,” were launched in 2016 in support companies that have shown tremendous innovation in diverse areas of the art form. The grants total $1.5 million.

This year, 20 companies were awarded the prestigious grants. They include American Opera Projects, Anchorage Opera, The Dallas Opera, Haymarket Opera Company, Nashville Opera, Nautilus Music-Theater, New Orleans Opera, On Site Opera, Opera Columbus, Opéra de Montréal, Opera in the Heights and Pacific Opera Project, Opera Memphis, Opera North, Opera on Tap, Opera Philadelphia, Opera San Luis Obispo, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Pittsburgh Opera, and San Diego Opera.

“Thanks to the profound generosity of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, our member companies have received support to explore new strategies and experiments — to expand the boundaries of their current practices and nimbly adapt to an ever-changing field,” stated Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America in a press release. “These grants benefit more than just the recipients; through the lessons learned from the funded initiatives, companies throughout North America will be able to replicate and adopt good ideas, and ultimately contribute to a stronger art form.”

Five of this year’s grant recipients were also awarded in 2017; they include American Opera Projects, Anchorage Opera, The Dallas Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Philadelphia.