Grant to Support Development of Opera Composers

The Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts in New York City, home of the Metropolitan Opera.(Photo: niallkennedy)
The Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts in New York City, home of the Metropolitan Opera.(Photo: niallkennedy)

If boiling down an opera plot to 140 characters or fewer in the Twitter #operaplot contest doesn’t do it for you, now might be your chance to compose a full-length opera of your own.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given a $90,000 grant in support of the American Lyric Theater‘s Composer Librettist Development Program, according to an article in The New York Times.

Funds will go to mentor the program’s composers, librettists-to-be and to mount productions of newly created operas.

So, I’m just curious. If you were to compose a new opera, what subject matter would you choose? Write in with your plot ideas. (And while you’re at it, tell us what you’d wear to the world premiere!)

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