Opera: FY2003 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Access | Creativity
Anchorage Opera Company
To support the Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre, a young artist
statewide touring program. In 2003 04 the project will include
programs, performances, and residencies in rural communities and in
the underserved Anchorage School District.
Baltimore Opera Company, Inc.
To support the Baltimore Opera Studio and education and community
programs. In order to advance an appreciation of opera, programs
will be developed during the 2003-04 season for audiences of all
ages and ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support a series of audience development and access programs,
including a tour to rural communities, high school partnerships and
residencies. A consortium with New York City Opera, the project
will focus on Handel's Orlando and Offenbach's
Bluebeard as the subjects of the Gala Weekend Symposium and
Summer Seminar Weekend, respectively.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support Discover America: Community Connections Initiative -
Phase II. In 2003-04, the initiative will focus on free and
discounted performances in order to reach a broader base of young
and diverse audiences.
Nashville Opera Association
To support the implementation of electronic technology for opera
education of children, K-12 educators and other adults. Digital
ISDN connection, computer equipment and special software will be
utilized to present programs via video conferencing.
New Cleveland Opera Company (aka Cleveland Opera)
To support the Intergenerational Initiative and activities
associated with core K-12 educational programs. The initiative will
feature the Great Works Student Matinee Program that brings
together students from the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights
and older adults from senior centers in underserved, urban
OPERA America, Inc. (consortium)
To support the development of Cornerstones, a permanent learning
resource for audiences and opera companies on the Internet. In
consortium with the Boston Lyric Opera, multimedia educational
materials will be designed in 2003-04 concerning 10 of the most
frequently performed operas.
Opera Omaha, Inc.
To support outreach activities associated with the opera, Cold
Sassy Tree, by Carlisle Floyd. A four week tour of scenes from
the opera and community programs that advance the public's
understanding of American opera will take place in 2003-04.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (aka OTSL)
St. Louis, MO
To support workshops and the world premiere of a one-act opera for
young people, titled Lewis and Clark: Dream of the
Pacific by Stephen Mager. The project will commemorate the
bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Pine Mountain Music Festival, Inc. (aka PMMF)
To support performances of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and
a tour of opera scenes by the Pine Mountain Music Festival Young
Artists. In 2003, the Young Artists will tour Highlights of the
Great Operas to three remote and underserved cities in the Upper
Peninsula: Iron Mountain, Marquette and Calumet.
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support the planning and implementation of a series of public
programs and forums to coincide with the first-ever performing arts
convention in Pittsburgh. The project, a consortium with Chatham
Baroque, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and the Children's Festival
Chorus of Pittsburgh, will highlight how music performances
contribute to a community's higher quality of life.
To support a tour of Corps of Discovery--Musical Journey, a
new opera by Michael Ching with libretto by Hugh Moffat,
celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.
Community performances and interactive educational residencies will
take place in eight cities and underserved areas throughout
Louisiana and East Texas in the 2003-04 season.
Austin Lyric Opera
To support the southwestern premiere of Dead Man Walking by
Jake Heggie with libretto by Terrence McNally. Performances will be
held in Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas
at Austin in January 2003.
Boston Early Music Festival &Exhibition, Inc.
To support the 12th biennial festival featuring the baroque opera
Die schoene und getreue Ariadne by Johann Georg Conradi.
This will be the first production of the opera since 1691.
Central City Opera House Association
To support a new production of Goyescas by Enrique Granados
to be sung in Spanish. This work has rarely been performed in the
United States since its American premiere at the Metropolitan Opera
Chicago Opera Theater
To support a double-bill production featuring Hans Krasa's
Brundibar and Bohuslav Martinu's Comedy on the
Bridge. In 2003, five performances of the operas will be given
with a variety of outreach events that will focus on the historical
and musical aspects of each opera.
To support a production of Pique Dame by Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky. Four performances of Richard Jones' 2000 Barclay Stage
Award-winning production will be given at the Music Hall at Fair
Park in 2003, reaching an estimated audience of 21,000.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc.
To support a new production of Good Soldier Schweik by
Robert Kurka and Lewis Allan. The opera will be given nine
performances during the summer of 2003.
Kentucky Opera Association
To support a new production of Don Pasquale by Gaetano
Donizetti. As a centerpiece of the 50th anniversary season, two
performances will be given at the Kentucky Center for the Arts'
Whitney Hall with a final dress rehearsal targeted for
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
To support faculty costs for the singer training and professional
development program. The multidisciplinary curriculum includes
language, theatrical and voice instruction as well as master
classes and career development guidance.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
To support a new production of Benvenuto Cellini by Hector
Berlioz. Ten performances of the opera at the Civic Opera House's
Aardis Krainik Theatre will reach an estimated audience of 35,000
Madison Opera, Inc.
To support a consortium with Opera Pacific for a new production of
Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini. In 2003,
performances will be held at the Oscar Mayer Theatre which is being
expanded to an 850-seat house.
Minnesota Opera Company
To support the North American premiere of the Handmaid's
Tale by Danish composer Paul Ruder. Five performances of the
opera at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts are expected to
reach an audience of more than 9,200.
New Orleans Opera Association
New Orleans, LA
To support the commissiong and production of The Baroness by
Thea Musgrave. This historical opera, based on the life of the
Baroness Micaela Almonaster Pontalba of New Orleans, will be the
centerpiece for the celebration of the Louisiana Purchase
New York City Opera, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a new production of The Rape of Lucretia by
Benjamin Britten. Four performances of the opera will be held at
Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.
To support a production of Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle
Floyd. Three performances of this east coast premiere will be given
at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and are expected to reach
an audience of 4,200.
Orlando Opera Company, Inc.
To support the expansion of the Resident Artist Program. During a
nine-month residency, eight singing-actors will be given stylistic
training in the zarzuela, launching a new artistic
initiative targeted to reach the Hispanic population
OTSL (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis)
St. Louis, MO
To support a new production of Nixon in China by John Adams
with libretto by Alice Goodman. Six performances at Webster
University's Loretto-Hilton Center are expected to draw an audience
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.
To support the regional premieres of A Midsummer Night's
Dream by Benjamin Britten and The Three Penny
Opera by Kurt Weill. Four performances of A Midsummer
Night's Dream will take place at the Byham Theatre; two
performances of The Three Penny Opera will be performed at
the Brew House.
Portland Opera Association Inc.
To support the west-coast premiere of A View from the Bridge
by William Bolcom. Adapted from the play by Arthur Miller, the
opera's libretto is by Mr. Miller and Arnold Weinstein.
San Diego Opera Association
San Diego, CA
To support production costs for Therese Raquin by Tobias
Picker. Four performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre are
expected to reach an audience of more than 9,300 with an additional
2,500 high-school students attending a student dress rehearsal.
San Francisco Opera Association
San Francisco, CA
To support a production of Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us
All, with libretto by Gertrude Stein. Six performances at the
War Memorial Opera House in 2003 are expected to reach an audience
of more than 17,500.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
To support the world premiere of Madame Mao by Bright Sheng
with libretto by Colin Graham. Four performances at the Santa Fe
Opera House in 2003 will reach an estimated audience of 10,000.
Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.
To support the commissioning of a children's opera by John Kennedy.
Designed for the company's Youth Opera Program, all roles in this
opera will be sung by children.
To support a new production of Mourning Becomes Electra by
Marvin David Levy. Eight mainstage performances in Marion Oliver
McCaw Hall, related community and education events, and live radio
broadcasts are expected to reach an audience of more than
Skylight Opera Theatre Corp.
To support workshops of the opera Midnight Angel by David
Carlson. Two two-day workshops with orchestral reduction by Ronald
Foster will be held in 2003.
The Met (Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.)
New York, NY
To support a new production of Les Troyens by Hector
Berlioz. In 2003, nine performances of this opera will celebrate
the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer.
Tulsa Opera, Inc.
To support production costs for I Capuleti e i Montecchi by
Vincenzo Bellini. Three performances in Chapman Music Hall of the
Tulsa Performing Arts Center are expected to reach a capacity
audience of 7,100.
Utah Opera Company
Salt Lake City, UT
To support a new production of Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle
Floyd. Five performances at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City
are expected to reach an audience of 9,500 from the Wasatch Front
and neighboring states.
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