April 12 – It is a huge honor to be working with The Atlanta Opera as part of their 96-Hour opera project! I will be collaborating with New York based librettist Marcus Yi on a 10-minute chamber opera work inspired by stories from Atlanta Georgia, to be performed on June 20, 2022.
From the Atlanta Opera Press release:
ATLANTA –April 12, 2022 – The Atlanta Opera announced that teams have been selected for the 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition showcase and competition in which teams of composers and librettists will create completely new and compelling 10-minute operas. Morehouse College will host the finals in partnership with the Opera. Advisor to the project, Morris Robinson, says of the finalists, “The level of talent here is stunning. I cannot wait to hear and see what they prepare over the coming months.” “Projects like these are necessary to balance the playing field, while simultaneously shining a light on new talent and new literature for opera,” he added.
“We look forward to launching this vital program, which will allow us to identify, nurture and amplify the future voices of opera,” said General & Artistic Director, Tomer Zvulun. “The creative talent that we have already seen is impressive. It will be a privilege to see these artists harness their creative forces to create original short works during their residence in Atlanta.”
Tickets to see the six teams in the showcase are now available to the general public. The event on June 20th is free and will be held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College, School of Music. The 96-Hour Opera Project is sponsored by UPS.
All participating teams will travel to Atlanta after preparing their work in advance of the program. Travel, housing, singers, pianists, and space will be provided to each
composer/librettist team in order to showcase their new mini operas, based on the stories of Atlanta and greater Georgia. The winning team will split a $10,000 prize and be commissioned to write a chamber opera for a future season at the Atlanta Opera. All other participating artists are guaranteed a $1,000 honorarium.
Johanny Navarro, composer & Deborah Mouton, librettist
Marcus Norris, composer & Adamma Ebo, librettist
Jorge Sosa, composer & Alejandra Martinez, librettist
Carlos Castro, composer & Diana Solomon-Glover, librettist
Roydon Tse, composer & Marcus Yi, librettist
Saman Shahi, composer & Isabella Dawis, librettist