As part of its approaching 10th Anniversary in the 2020-2021 season, Experiments in Opera is embarking on its most ambitious project to date. Inspired by television writers’ rooms, we have assembled a group of playwrights, librettists and storytellers to collaborate on a single large-scale opera. Over two years, we will develop and produce a three-part opera made up of 10 individual episodes, each written by a different libretto and composer team. The Writers’ Room project addresses EiO’s mission to rethink the process of creating opera and to nurture new voices as part of a community of artistry and learning. This group of artists meets monthly to workshop script outlines, story ideas and librettos and will work collaboratively with selected composers as scripts go into production.
The Writers’ Room for the 2019-2020 season includes the writers Jason Cady, Adrienne Danrich, Lauren D’Errico, Krista Knight, Jerry Lieblich, Jerome A. Parker, Kamala Sankaram and Aaron Siegel and the composers Jason Cady, Matthew Welch, Clarice Assad, Paul Kerekes, Phil Kline, Pauline Kim, Melissa Dunphy, Alex Temple, Aaron Siegel, Kamala Sankaram.
The Writers’ Room Opera (Title TBD), currently in development, will be workshopped in March 2020 as part of EiO’s Off The Ground performances, and will be premiered in Spring 2021 in celebration of EiO’s 10th Anniversary.
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