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Opera Philadelphia, in Collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, Announces Third Round of Composer In Residence Program

Thursday, June 20, 2013:   Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to offer a third track in the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer In Residence program. Funded initially by a $1.4 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program has received an additional $330,000 from the foundation to provide a third professional development path for one of today’s most promising opera composers, selected on a competitive basis.  Applications are being accepted from June 20-July 18, 2013.

The program provides a highly individualized professional development path for today’s most promising opera composers, fostering tomorrow’s American operatic masterpieces through personalized creative development and intensive, hands-on composition opportunities.  

“In its first two years, the Composer In Residence program has quickly grown into a model for a developing composer to hone his or her compositional voice and learn the crucial skills required to produce authentic new work,” said David B. Devan, General Director & President of Opera Philadelphia.  “With our partners and with the continued support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation we are helping to create future generations of great American opera composers.”

The program has proven to be an invaluable learning experience for the first two composers chosen for the role. Lembit Beecher (2011-2013), chosen during a competitive search in 2011, has completed two years of this three-year residency, while Missy Mazzoli (2012-2014), appointed in 2012, is completing her first season with the companies. The program has afforded each of them with a rare and in-depth understanding of the development and production of opera through integral involvement in the rehearsal process for multiple operas with the three companies. 

This residency includes a yearly salary of $60,000 and benefits as well as substantial work and career development resources. Two years of the residency are funded, contingent upon appropriate progress, with the potential for a third year. This composer’s term will begin September, 2013.  For more information, and to apply, go to




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