Opera America Announces Recipients of 6 Opera Grants For Female Composers

By David Salazar

Opera America has announced the recipients for the grants given to female composers.

The recipients include Du Yun, for her opera “Sweet Land;” this work is set to be presented by The Industry in Los Angeles, California. The work was written by Douglas Kearny and Aja Couchois and will also be co-composed by Raven Chacon.

Next up is Caroline Shaw for an untitled work that will be presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It will appear as part of the company’s 2021-22 season.

Mary Ellen Childs’ “Stone Arch: A Walking Opera” was also a winner. This work is set for a world premiere with the Mill City Summer Opera. This opera will be performed at the historic Stone Arch Bridge.

Rene Orth’s “Ten Days In a Madhouse” will be showcased by Opera Philadelphia, while Opera Steamboat will champion Leanna Kirchoff’s “Cookie.” The former will be written by Hannah Moscovitch and is set to world premiere in 2021.

The final recipient of the grants is Rhiannon Gidden’s recently announced work revolving around the life of Omar Ibn Said; that opera will premiere at the Spoleto Festival USA in 2020.

This is the fifth cycle of Commissioning Grants from the organization’s Opera Grants for Female Composers. Recipients are given up to 50 percent of the composer’s fee for a full production of a commissioned work. The Opera Grants for Female Composers program was started in 2014 and has given almost $1.1 million to date.