Created in 2002 by former AOP Artistic Director Steven Osgood, Composers & the Voice – AOP’s nationally recognized annual composer workshop series – has not just been a training ground for emerging composers, but also an incubator for dozens of new operatic works over the years. AOP has announced that the 2008-09 season of Composers & the Voice will focus exclusively on the development and presentation of the works of C&V alumni.
AOP Executive Director Charles Jarden states, “The new season will allow audiences and financial sponsors more access to the music from the workshop program that has traditionally been closed to the public.” Funders that joined the growing supporters of this unique fellowship offered to composers include The BMI Foundation and The Virgil Thomson Foundation.
This summer has already seen partnering organizations such as The Walt Whitman Project, Opera on Tap, and Make Music NY create programs around C&V songs, delighting audiences from Theater Ten Ten in Manhattan to the feisty back room bar at Freddy’s in Ft. Greene Brooklyn. In October, C&V Six Scenes 08, the final presentations of the 2007-08 composer class, will be held in Brooklyn. In the 2008-09 Season, C&V will not be accepting new proposals or applications. Composers and librettists are requested to keep checking the website for updates.