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Introducing the 24-Hour Opera Project
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In celebration of OPERA America’s National Opera Week, The Atlanta Opera, Georgia State University School of Music, Clark Atlanta University, and University of West Georgia will be hosting a 24-Hour Opera Project on Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the on-campus facilities of the Georgia State University School of Music.

Participants will have 24 hours to compose, rehearse, and perform an opera with strangers. Non-cash prizes will be awarded following a showcase-concert that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, located in the Arts & Humanities Building at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The awards will be for the following categories: Best Use of Props, Most Diva-licious, Best Death Scene, and Best Overall Composition.

Composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers from all over may apply to join in the project. Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write an opera. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to participating stage directors, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have 8 hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 12 hours after the project begins.

Compositions must be 7-10 minutes in length, written and performed in English and scored for 4 singers (soprano/mezzo/tenor/bass) with piano, and composed around a specific theme (top secret until November 6!). Pre-existing compositions will not be eligible. Composition teams will be paired randomly, compositions will be assigned to stage directors randomly, and participating singers will be selected to perform through a singer “draft.” Submission of application in any category does not guarantee participation, and artists may only apply in one discipline. Applicants selected to participate will be notified by October 25.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2010.

To apply and for more information, please visit atlantaopera.org or contact The Atlanta Opera education department at 404.881.8801 or education@atlantaopera.org


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