Creative Development Projects

What are Creative Development Projects?


Creative Development Projects is a "Laboratory for New Work" that cultivates select American composers and librettists with new projects that are nurtured from initial concept to a fully-staged production.

These new operatic compositions go through a succession of libretto development and music workshops. Through this project, new operas and their creators have the chance to develop ideas and explore concepts in a nurturing and risk-free atmosphere, surrounded by a dedicated an talented staff of professionals.  Creative Development Projects are a safe environment to push the boundaries of the operatic form and to create the 21st century operatic repertoire.

Current projects include:

  • *Love/Hate Music by Jack Perla; Libretto by Rob Bailis (workshop September 12th, 2010; full libretto workshop October 16th, 2010)
  • *The Golem Music by Andrea Clearfield; Libretto by Ellen Frankel (libretto workshop 2010)
  • *Maren of Vardo Music by Jeff Myers; Libretto by Royce Vavrek (Libretto workshop September 2010; Music Workshop February 2011) read more
  • *The Great Blondin Music by Ronald Vigue; Libretto by Albert Innaurato  (Workshop 2009)

The first opera developed though the CDP process, The Always Present Present Music by Peter Westergaard; Libretto by Renee Weiss had its world premiere in 2009.

In April 2011, CCOT presented Danse Russe with music by Paul Moravec and libretto by Terry Teachout at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, alongside the Philadelphia premieres of Stravinsky’s Renard and Ragtime, in collaboration with Kun Yang Lin Dancers and Orchestra 2001.

In June 2012, Slaying the Dragon,  Music by Michael Ching; Libretto by Ellen Frankel, based on the book "Not by the Sword" by Kathryn Watterson, had its world premiere.

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