West Edge Opera Unveils ‘Aperture’ Program

By David Salazar

West Edge Opera has unveiled “Aperture,” a new online platform to create new opera and music.

The program will provide new opportunities for composer/librettist teams with each group receiving commissions of $60,000 and a life performance of the new work when it is safe to gather once again.

Those who subscribe to Aperture will receive two weekly emails updating them on the progress of each work. Other subscribers will get a chance to interact with the artists and a staff of eight curators will even get a chance to provide perspective and context for the artists. Finally, subscribing members will also get the chance to provide feedback.

Curators for the project include Streshinsky, Music Director Jonathan Kuner, associate producer Brian M. Rosen, and Director of Advancement Emilie Whelan. Additional staffers include conductor Michael Morgan, dramaturg Leigh Rondon-Davis, conductor Mary Chun, and Artsitic Producer Alexa Anderson.

“Aperture is an exciting extension of what we’re trying to accomplish at West Edge Opera,” Khuner noted in a press release. “With a history of championing new and recent works, now we’ll be able to see the whole process though with hands on and ears open.”