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.