This application closed on Monday February 12, 2024.
The 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition showcase competition in which teams of composers and librettists have four days to rehearse and premiere new and compelling 10-minute operas.
Participating teams will travel to Atlanta having previously completed and submitted new works based on provided themes from this season’s story partner, which will be announced in early 2024. Creative teams will spend four days collaborating with singers and pianists, rehearsing and fine tuning these works in advance of the final public showcase on June 17 on the stage 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 who have been historically underecognized in the opera field, the competition is open to composers and librettists who self-identify as part of a demographic that has been underrecognized in opera composition.