Sparks & Wiry Cries and National Sawdust Present Eighth Annual ‘songSLAM’

Co-Founders and Directors Martha Guth and Erika Switzer, together with National Sawdust present the eighth annual “songSLAM.” The “songSLAM” is fashioned after traditional poetry slams and storytelling events like “The Moth.” Teams present world premieres of art song and compete for audience-awarded cash prizes totaling up to $2,000 and a performance of the 2023 songSLAM Commission Prize Winner. This year’s {…}

‘Operatic Feminisms’ Symposium to be Held at Columbia University

The Columbia University School of Music will present a symposium on March 25, 2023, titled “Operatic Feminisms,” which aims to explore the possibilities for feminist opera studies and the role of women in opera in the 21st century. The symposium will include public panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions featuring scholarly works and cross-disciplinary exchanges. The New Opera Workshop and Columbia {…}

Center for Contemporary Opera to Workshop-Premiere Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s ‘We, The Innumerable’

The Center for Contemporary Opera will present the workshop-premiere in concert for Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s “We, The Innumerable.” The work, which features a libretto by Lisa Flanagan, will be presented on Oct. 21, 2022 at the National Sawdust. The work is set during Iran’s Green Movement and features one woman’s fight for freedom in the face of state-sanctioned violence. “The October {…}

Elizabeth Gartman & Niloufar Nourbakhsh Named Finalists of BMP: Next Gen Competition

Beth Morrison Projects has announced the finalists of its “BMP: Next Gen” competition. The winners include Elizabeth Gartman and Niloufar Nourbakhsh. Each winner will be awarded a $5,000 commission for the second round competition in which the two will present an original 30-minute composition next year. The winner will then receive a full commission for an evening-length work which will {…}