Atlanta Opera

Atlanta Opera 96-Hour Opera Project Competition 22-23

This application closed on Wednesday February 8, 2023.

The 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition showcase competition in which teams of composers and librettists have four days to write, direct, and stage completely new and compelling 10-minute operas. 

Participating teams will travel to Atlanta having previously completed and submitted new works based on one historical theme from this season’s story partner, The Atlanta History Center. They will spend four days collaborating with singers, pianists, and creatives rehearsing and fine tuning these works in advance of the final showcase on June 12 at the historic Morehouse College. Travel, housing, singers, pianists, and space will be provided to each composer/librettist team. The winning team will split a $10,000 prize, which will serve as the first installment on a commission to write a chamber opera for a future season at the Atlanta Opera. All other participating artists are guaranteed a $1,000 honorarium

 Designed specifically for composers and librettists from historically underrepresented communities, the competition is only open to those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Arab-American, Latin-American or other communities of color. 

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We are only able to accept permanent residents and citizens of the United States for this project.
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Work Samples

Composers: Please submit three work samples (contrasting styles preferred), consisting of either an audio or video link accompanied by a PDF score link. Please include one piece that showcases vocal writing and one work sample that showcases skills in orchestral writing.

Librettists: Please submit two contrasting work samples in PDF format. Work samples do not necessarily need be opera libretti but should showcase your dramatic writing skills. Please limit each submission to one scene that is 10-15 pages. Submissions will be evaluated based off of artistic excellence or the potential for artistic excellence, artistic ability, knowledge of both vocal and orchestral writing (composers), and character development (librettists)

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This question is required for composer applicants only. If you choose to offer a combination of video and audio submissions, please do not include more than 3 files in total or your form will not submit. Number of video and/or audio (combined total) required: 3.

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Please include 3 work scores that correspond to your uploaded video (or audio) samples. This question is required for composer applicants only. Minimum number of documents permitted: 3. Maximum number of documents permitted: 5
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Stories That Resonate

The Atlanta Opera is partnering The Atlanta History Center to identify compelling stories that explore the state’s complicated past and present. We are determined to tell the stories of underrepresented and unheard voices. We are committed to celebrating the diversity of our state, as well as allowing space for creative storytelling of struggles for equity and inclusion. For more story information please visit

The Atlanta Opera requests all applicants complete a Demographic Survey. Survey information is collected for the purpose of assessing the diversity of our applicants and improving our application process.

Racial/Ancestral Identity (Affiliation based on biological lineage or parentage without regard to cultural/ethnic affiliation). This is not where you were born but the various geographical regions that your biological ancestors inhabited. You may have ancestors from multiple world regions.
Examples include: North American Continent (Indigenous), South American Continent (Indigenous), European Continent: North Europe, East Europe, Southeast Europe, South Europe, Unspecified; African Continent: Black, North Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Horn of Africa, Unspecified; Asian Continent: North Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Unspecified; Oceanian Land Masses: Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, including Hawaii, Australasia, Unspecified; Prefer not to say, None, Other and, other communities of color, including those artists from outside the US
(Affiliation based on language, customs, traditions, religion, art, or cuisine) Please specify your ethnic/cultural identity as you choose. There are thousands of ethnicities and cultures around the world and they can be identified as broadly or as specifically as you like.
The 96 Hour Opera Project will incorporate creative works from multiple individuals and institutions and will be recorded as a broadcast/streaming production to be available on Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Atlanta Opera Spotlight Media. For these reasons, contestants will be required to sign agreements regarding the use of their likeness and creative contributions as a condition of participation. I agree that by submitting this application, I am available for the 96-Hour Opera Project Competition taking place in Atlanta from June 9-12, 2023 and will enter into an agreement allowing my likeness and creative contributions to be recorded for broadcast/streaming purposes.