OPERA America Awards IDEA Opera Grants to Support Two New Works by Composers & Librettists of Color

OPERA America awarded the second cycle of IDEA Opera Grants (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) to composer/librettist Damon Davis; and composer Liliya Ugay and librettist Sokunthary Svay. The winning teams receive a total prize of $25,000 along with high-quality video recordings of workshops, working performances for promotional use, a feature on OPERA America’s digital and social platforms, and in Opera {…}

Opera America Announces Commitment to Engaging Biden-Harris Transition on Major Issues

Opera America has announced that it is committed to engaging the Biden-Harris Transition Team on several major issues essential for the arts community. In a press release, the organization noted that it has engaged the transition team during the current lame-duck session with increased FY2021 appropriations for all federal arts and cultural-related programs, as well as initiatives to provide more {…}

Grace Bumbry, Simon Estes, George Shirley Among Inductees to Opera America’s Opera Hall of Fame

Opera America has announced the inaugural group of inductees to its Opera Hall of Fame, meant to recognize outstanding achievements of American artists, administrators, and advocates. The establishment of the Opera America Hall of Fame comes on the organization’s 50th anniversary, and celebrates the progress of the art form. The inductees are Patricia K Beggs, General Director Emerita of Cincinnati Opera; {…}

Opera America Announces Recipients of Commissioning Grants for Female Composers

OPERA America has announced the nine companies that will be awarded $100,000 in grants for commissioning operas by female composers. The recipients include Beth Morrison Projects for Du Yun’s “In Our Daughter’s Eyes,” which is written by Michael Joseph McQuilken; Boston Lyric Opera for Ellen Reid and librettist Christopher Oscar Peña’s “The Desert Inn;” Guerilla Opera for “HER: alive / {…}

Opera America Announces Winners of 2020 Discovery Grants

OPERA America has announce the recipients for the 2020 Discovery Grants, which include over $100,000 for Female Composers. This year’s recipients include Lisa Bielawa for “Centuries in the Hours;” Justine F. Chen for “Seven Sisters;” Melissa Dunphy for “Alice Tierney;” Johanny Navarro for “¿Y los Pasteles? Ópera Jibara en Dos Actos;” Milica Paranosic for “Penelope and the Geese;” Kirsten Volness {…}