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Wednesday, May 6 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
New Works Forum

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The New Works Forum is a series of sessions that offers insight, practical knowledge and networking opportunities for creators and producers of new opera and musical theater works. The opera industry continues to identify and support the creators of new works while also working to address challenges and opportunities associated with producing in the 21st century. Advance registration required. No additional fee. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Nurturing the Pre-commissioning Process
How can companies use their facilities and resources to help creators gain experience? Learn more about how composers, librettists and directors are developing ideas and concepts for new work before receiving a formal commission. LAWRENCE EDELSON, artistic and general director/ producing artistic director, Opera Saratoga/American Lyric Theater; CORI ELLISON, dramaturg; SARAH WILLIAMS, new works administrator, Opera Philadelphia; .

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Risky Business
Risk and failure are inherent parts of creativity. Learn how creators and producers can track progress completely and honestly throughout the development process. At what point should a work, no matter how brilliant, go no further? Find out about strategies for assessing a work in its early phases, how to best preserve the effort that went into creating it, protecting the rights of all parties and learning from the experience. SANDRA BERNHARD, director of HGOco, Houston Grand Opera; FLOYD ANDERSON, artist relations and planning director, Minnesota Opera.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tragedy Is Easy; Comedy Is Hard
New works dealing with serious subject matter and socially relevant topics dominate season repertoire. But where are the contemporary comic or satirical operas in the modern canon, and why are they so difficult to create? MARK ADAMO, composer; MARK CAMPBELL, librettist; PEGGY MONASTRA, artistic director, G. Schirmer/AMP; KIM WITMAN, senior director, Wolf Trap Opera; KAMALA SANKARAM, composer.

The New Works Forum is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Mark Adamo

Vice President, Valhalla Productions, Inc.

Floyd Anderson

Artistic Relations & Planning Director, Minnesota Opera
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Sandra Bernhard

Director of HGOco, Houston Grand Opera
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Mark Campbell

Librettist/Lyricist, Opera America
Upcoming projects, including Dinner at Eight, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Cree and Some Light Emerges
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Lawrence Edelson

Producing Artistic Director / Artistic & General D, American Lyric Theater / Opera Saratoga
www.altnyc.org www.operasaratoga.org
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Cori Ellison

Dramaturg, N/A
Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world, is Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and serves on the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School, as well the faculties of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and the Crested Butte Opera Studio. She was staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010, where she was a curator of the VOX American Opera Showcase. Active in developing contemporary opera, she teaches dramaturgy... Read More →
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Peggy Monastra

Senior Advisor, Opera, G. Schirmer/Music Sales Classical
G. Schirmer Inc/Music Sales Classical is a premiere international music publisher working with a vast catalog of 20th c. and 21st c. operas. We can advise you on repertoire from a wide ranging catalog of diverse styles and sizes and also advise on forthcoming commissions and new works in the pipeline looking for commissioning or producing partners and many international works available for North American premiere.
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Kamala Sankaram

Composer, Manhattan College
I'm a composer from Brooklyn, NY. I'm interested in diverse and eclectic stories and types of music. I also front a band called Bombay Rickey that combines opera with cumbia, Bollywood, and surf-noir influences.
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Sarah Williams

New Works Administrator, Opera Philadelphia
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Kim Witman

Senior Director, Wolf Trap Opera
Kim has cast and overseen over 50 opera productions ranging from undiscovered baroque gems to commissioned world premieres. Under her direction, the Company earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Opera Recording in 2009, for a live performance CD of John Musto and Mark Campbell's Volpone. For over twenty years, she has traveled the country, identifying the brightest talent for Wolf Trap Opera, hearing over ten thousand auditions in the process... Read More →

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Wednesday May 6, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Salon B-D - Washington Marriott 1221 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

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