Fort Worth Opera Supports Composers from the Americas

Mar 5, 2012

Fort Worth Opera launches Frontiers

Fort Worth Opera launches Frontiers, an exciting annual program, which will showcase unpublished works by composers from the Americas (North, Central and South). Frontiers aims to give voice to original 21st-century compositions, shining a spotlight on unpublished contemporary operatic works.

"We are looking for talent from the Americas because we think that American opera is coming into its own and has discovered its own quintessential voice," says Darren K. Woods, Fort Worth Opera general director.  "We have devoted the last six years to producing new American work.  Frontiers is the next step in promoting that voice.  We included all the Americas because we want to develop Mexican, Canadian and South American composers.  We have already produced one work by Cuban American, Jorge Martin – we just wanted to extend the reach a bit further.”

Selected composers will gain valuable exposure for their work through live performance during the annual festival. Fort Worth Opera‟s Frontiers program also will provide composers with opportunities for introductions to industry professionals. Artistic directors of opera companies, artist managers, classical music publishers, funding organizations, and conductors will be invited, along with the Fort Worth public, to attend performances by artists featured in the festival during its final weekend. A post-performance discussion with the composers about their respective works will follow.

Composers whose works are selected to be part of Frontiers will be in residence at the Forth Worth Opera Festival. Each composer will attend the showcase and participate in post-performance discussions, and will also participate in the final rehearsals, which will be open to the public. Composers will also receive feedback on their work through private meetings with the Frontiers jury panel. In addition, the workshops will be recorded, so the composers can subsequently study the recording to assist in the completion of the compositional process. Fort Worth Opera will provide each selected composer with lodging and round-trip travel to Fort Worth.

Composers from the Americas (citizens or residents of North, Central and South America, as well as associated territories) are invited to submit 15-25 minutes of one unpublished (or self-published) work, utilizing one to six singers (no chorus) in any language. Only works that can be performed with solo piano accompaniment will be accepted for the showcase; no additional instruments will be provided. One composition per composer, blind submission. Six to eight works will be selected for the showcase.

Submission Details

2012-2013 Dates and Deadlines
Composers' Summission Deadline: May 31, 2012
Announcement of Participants: September 2012
Frontiers Program: May 6-11, 2013