Opera America Unveils 2022 Repertoire Development Grants

By David Salazar

Opera America has announced the recipients of its 2022 Repertoire Development Grants.

The recipients for the grant include American Lyric Theater, Beth Morrison Projects, Houston Grand Opera, MassOpera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pensacola Opera, OperaDelaware, and Virginia Opera.

In sum, the nine companies will receive $225,000 to develop eight new American operas.

“Fostering the creation of new works is a cornerstone of OPERA America’s mission,” Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America, said in a press statement. “By relieving a portion of the financial burden of developing new works, Repertoire Development Grants allow producing companies to invest the time and resources required to realize an opera’s full potential before opening night.”

The operas include American Lyric Theater’s “Splintered – A Nutcracker Adventure” by composer Justine F. Chen and Jorge Sosa, with a libretto by Lila Palmer; Beth Morrison Projects’ “Sybil on the Rhine” by composer / librettist Sarah Kirkland Snider; Houston Grand Opera’s “The Tango Singer” by composer Pablo Ziegler and librettist Leonard Foglia; Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “The Factotum” by Will Liverman and K-Rico; MassOpera’s “Caravana de Mujeres” by Nicolas Lell Benavides and Laura Barati; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ new work by Damien Sneed and Karen Chilton; Pensacola Opera and OperaDelaware’s “Fearless” by Derrick Wang; and a new work to be announced by Virginia Opera.