Opera on Tap Announces Winner of Tik Tok Composition Competition

By Chris Ruel

Opera on Tap has announced the winner of its Tik Tok Composition Competition.

Laura Jobin-Acosta’s “I Am Lying in the Bed” won. Vocalist Eugenia Forteza performed the work.

Voting was done via Instagram and Tik Tok with the winner receiving $500.

Laura Jobin-Acosta is a New York City-based multicultural composer and soprano. She was recently named the American Opera Initiative composer at Washington National Opera and the OPERA America IDEA Resident Opera Composer. She has composed “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” a chamber oratorio, and “Breaking the Barrier,” which sets poems by Claude McKay for choir, soloists, and jazz instruments. Acosta’s recent accomplishments include American Opera Initiative (AOI) composer at Washington National Opera (WNO), 2023-2024; OPERA America IDEA Resident Opera Composer at the National Opera Center, 2021-2022; and Finalist in BMP: “Next Gen” as part of Beth Morrison Projects, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza has performed with various organizations, such as Teatro Grattacielo and Hudson Opera Theatre, and founded 360° of Opera. Forteza is a writer for Classical Singer Magazine and serves as an Ambassador for the Barcelona Festival of Song. Forteza made her international debut in the title role of the Singapore premiere of Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia,” directed by Stefanos Rassios with The Opera People. Film credits include a feature film directed by Alejandro Monteverde and produced by Academy Award Winner Jonathan Sanger and an upcoming Colombian-American feature film, “Colibrí.” Forteza serves on the boards of Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra and Frisson Films, among others, and has taught masterclasses and workshops.

Opera on Tap (OOT) started in 2005 at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn and was incorporated in 2007 to promote opera. OOT exposes new audiences to classical music by performing in alternative venues, supports young performers by giving them opportunities to perform, and promotes new works by contemporary classical and operatic composers.