What We Are Doing

Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to support and educate composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

Our core programming addresses three areas of activities:

  • EiO supports composers through development workshops and performance opportunities driven by the composers’ ideas and direction.
  • EiO builds community through meaningful partnerships with ensembles, media outlets and presenting organizations.
  • EiO helps to share new operas developed through its programs with a broader audience through advocacy efforts including video materials, contextual writings and robust public programs.

The co-founders of Experiments in Opera are Matthew Welch, Jason Cady and Aaron Siegel.


Experiments in Opera works two ways. We hatch a theme for an evening and seek out potential collaborators. Often, we locate a community around a nascent opera project may be already underway, and help weave it into a larger framework of presentation. Experiments in Opera is not primarily suited to an open proposal process. However, we’re curious about what opera projects are out there that we might not know about. We are emphatically geared towards aiding the community with connecting opera collaborators, so if we cannot present a proposed project, perhaps we can help in other ways. Please make any materials available by link only through email at experimentsinopera@gmail.com. We’re happy to hear from you.


Our Community

New York Opera AllianceThingNY | SweatLodge | Opera Erratica | Rhymes with Opera | The Industry | VisionIntoArtBeth Morrison Projects | Varispeed | Avant Music | MATA | Exapno | Performers Forum

Our programs are supported by:


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