Composer Competition & Performance
March 10th 2012, 8pm, Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Winner by audience vote:
"O Mistress Mine"
"When in Disgrace"
Others selected by CCOT staff are:
Victoria Bond, Eliza Brown, Rich Campbell, Andrea Clearfield, Michael Djupstrom, Daniel Gilliam, Chappell Kingsland, Damon Thomas Lee, Ray Leslee, Norman Matthews, Ruben Naeff, Daniel Schlosberg, Daniel Temkin, Dale Trumbore, and Thomas Whitman.
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The first event of its kind
- --30 pieces performed by CCOT's Young Artists.
- --American Idol-style opera competition.
- --The audience votes on their favorite composer.
What is an Art Song?
Art songs are essentially stand-alone vocal compositions that are settings of lyric poetry and not part of a staged work (such as an opera). We asked composers across the country to submit two of their favorite art songs, in contrasting styles.
Why an Art Song competition? Art songs tell us if you can write for the human voice. They show us that drama, wit, balance of music and text, and melody are part of your aesthetic. While skill at orchestration is important, what happens between the music, text, and singer is, dare we say, more important.
Center City Opera Theater's primary mission is the development of new opera works from inception to fully-staged premiere. In accordance with this mission, CCOT constantly seeks to develop new relationships with composers.
CCOT has selected a group of fifteen composers and will present two contrasting songs by each composer. We will take at least two composers and invite them to participate in our Creative Development Projects (CDP), a new work development program, possibly leading to production and/or commission on our mainstage.
CCOT's Creative Development Projects is a new work series that puts operas-in-development through a series of workshops. Like Danse Russe in 2011 and Slaying the Dragon slated for June 2012, these operas are developed to fully-staged world premieres as a CCOT mainstage production
Help us pick the next great opera composer!
The audience plays a role in selecting our next CDP composer. Of the composers we select from this pool of 15, one of them will be deemed an "audience favorite", the composer that is voted the best by those who attend the performance. Be a part of opera history!
Ethical Society of Philadelphia is located at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. The performance will begin at 8pm; tickets will be sold at the door at 7pm.