On January 22, 2011, Tapestry New Opera will offer an all day event for six singer/pianist duos. Managing Artistic Director Wayne Strongman and Studio Company members Xin Wang, soprano, and Peter McGillivray, baritone will be the clinicians for the Master Class and Workshop components. They will discuss the role of singers and pianists in the process of creating, developing and producing new opera. Each duo will be coached by the clinicians in two assigned arias from the soon to be published Tapestry Songbook. Clinicians will share their techniques of new opera score preparation in an ensemble reading workshop. Following the master class, duos will be given the opportunity to perform in the first ever concert of The Tapestry Songbook, open to the public.
New Opera 101 is intended not only as a tool for the growth of artists but as a way for Tapestry to discover emerging talent.
Applications are available online by visiting www.tapestrynewopera.com/the-lab/new-opera-101/ (as of October 1) with submissions due in the Tapestry offices on Friday October 29, 2010. Singers and pianists apply as a duo.
Applicants must jointly submit an application form, two letters of recommendation, one CD of the duo performing two contemporary works, one of which must be in English, and an application fee of $10 payable by cheque, Visa or Mastercard.
Successful applicants will be notified by email on November 5, 2010.
Each duo will be assigned two arias from the Tapestry Songbook. Music will be sent upon receipt of a program fee of $200 per duo. Program fees must be paid no later than November 19, 2010.
New Opera 101 participants will receive free admission to the Tapestry Songbook concert. Otherwise, tickets are available for $20 for students/arts workers and at the regular rate of $25.
A limited number of auditors will be admitted to the program at a cost of $25 (or $45 including concert admission.)
The Tapestry Songbook Concert
January 22, 2011, 8 p.m.
The Ernest Balmer Studio
55 Mill Street, Building 58, Studio 315
Performed by members of the Tapestry New Opera Studio Company and participants from Tapestry’s New Opera 101 Master Class/Workshop, the concert will feature a selection of memorable arias from Tapestry’s new opera library.