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Banff Centre | Opera in the 21st Century Online

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This intensive and exploratory online residency is devoted to extending practical skills and development for emerging professional performers. The program offers classes in voice, acting, cultural leadership and entrepreneurialism, online auditioning, and business with senior professionals. Extensive time will be devoted to shop-talk amid a rapidly evolving opera industry landscape that is characterized by COVID-19’s global disruption, and by social change. 

Throughout the program, participants will tackle technology and work towards a project inspired from their learning, which can include a workshop of new works, and engaging with the director, conductor, and composer. Opera in the 21st Century’s 2020 co-directors Karen Slack (Soprano, USA) and Ian Cusson (Composer, CAN) join director Joel Ivany (Founder, Against the Grain Theatre, Canada) and guest faculty from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. This year’s iteration of the program will place special emphasis on under-represented voices in the opera world.

What does the program offer?
There are three main questions that will be a through-line within each of the online sessions: 

  • Where have we been? (The past, historic structures of opera companies, decision-making, creation, the canon, Black and Indigenous work, historic Black and Indigenous inclusion in opera)
  • Where we are now? (The current climate of the opera world, working in the field, new questions about diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racisim)
  • Where we are going? (Imagining possible futures, accountability structures, who makes decisions? - Considering community engagement and community representation, etc.)

 
Through one-on-one lessons, masterclasses, discussions, and lectures participants will explore special topics that will attempt to find answers to the above questions. Some examples of these special topics are:

  • Staging the Canon (A director’s perspective) 
  • De-colonized methodologies of opera creation 
  • Topics of opera: Staging/dramatizing trauma, challenges, pains, supports required to do this work, could the future of opera from marginalized voices examine stories of resilience?
  • A look at the history of Black and Indigenous opera performers 
  • Who tells whose stories? (Can/should a non-BIPOC person write a BIPOC opera? If so, what parameters should be in place? Who should be consulted? Can a non-Black singer sing a spiritual or Black/Indigenous art song? What about a fully-staged work?)
  • Representation on stage
  • Agency and Change -many of us feel powerless and voiceless in the massive ‘industry’ of opera. What are the strategies and places to have an increased say and power in this environment?
  • LGBTQ representation in opera (Non-binary and trans identity and experience in opera, the journey of a non-binary artist) 
  • Being an ally (What does ally-ship look like for non-BIPOC people?What does allyship look like within BIPOC communities? What are the challenges of lateral violence?)
  • Diversification of your career and life planning

 
Who should apply?
We invite applications from post-secondary students and emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of artistic exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Note that applicants must be available for all four online program sessions.  No partial attendance will be considered:

November 23 - December 4, 2020
February 1 - 19, 2021
May 3 - 21, 2021
July 5 - 30, 2021

Program Dates: November 23, 2020 - July 30, 2021
Application Deadline: October 28, 2020
Apply online: https://bit.ly/355oMGn

Deadline: 
10/28/2020
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Opera in the 21st Century: Creators Lab

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The Opera in the 21st Century: Creators Lab residency will provide teams of up to five members the exciting opportunity to work together on a new concept for the opera Proving Up (written by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek).

Participants will have access to talented mentors, singers, and production support to test proof of concept for their creations. Concepts will be adjudicated by a panel of senior opera practitioners, and awards will follow.

What does the program offer?

The Creators Lab residency offers a full scholarship for tuition. The program provides a collegial, friendly environment set within Banff Centre’s mountain campus, where director/designer teams will have the opportunity to put together the concept for a new opera production and share it with their peers. 

Teams will be given a concrete idea to start from and will then be given set limits in which to achieve their concepts. Final concepts will be presented to a panel of general directors and opera industry professionals for adjudication. Top concepts will receive an award.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from emerging stage director and designer teams (costume, LX, video, set) looking to create new operas. Independent opera companies seeking the opportunity to work alongside others in a collegial, creative exercise are also encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2020

Dates: June 29 - July 11, 2020

Prizes Details: 

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee may be available.

Deadline: 
01/29/2020
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Opera in the 21st Century: Singers and Répétiteurs

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Opera in the 21st Century is a performance-based, collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design. 

The residency’s focus is to develop young opera professionals with the skills and experience to take them to the next level of their careers in an evolving industry. The multi-disciplinary program offers a unique opportunity to work with and learn from artists specializing in a range of areas including design, creation, composition, and production.

What does the program offer?

Opera in the 21st Century is an intensive residency devoted to practical skill extension and development for emerging professionals. The program offers classes in acting, voice, movement, and websites/resumes. Participants will leave Banff with new headshots and aria recordings.

Singers and répétiteurs will participate in workshop rehearsals and a showing of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup (a new opera inspired by the opioid crisis), written by composer Michelle DiBucci and librettist Royce Vavrek. In addition, singers et répétiteurs will engage with small opera companies developing concepts for new works. Participants will also perform together in chamber concerts including Opera Pub, community concerts, and others.

Led by Opera in the 21st Century’s Artistic Director Joel Ivany, the stellar faculty is comprised of internationally recognized professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from post-secondary students and emerging artists, already at an advanced level of accomplishment and with a well-documented record of artistic exploration. Artists from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The program offers space for 12 singers and 2 répétiteurs.

Application Deadline: January 08, 2020
Dates: June 08 - July 11, 2020

 

Prizes Details: 

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee may be available.

Deadline: 
01/08/2020
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Composers & the Voice Applications Available Now

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American Opera Projects (AOP) is proud to announce the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2019-2021 season. The tenth cycle of the program will select 6 composers and up to 3 librettists for a two-year fellowship. The primary focus of Composers & the Voice is to give composers and librettists extensive experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage. APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2021 SEASON WILL BE AVAILABLE MARCH 18, 2019.

Deadline: 
04/26/2019

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Fee Detail: 
$50 for new applicants
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