Follow this link to find out more about a great opportunity to become one of 5 Composers in Residence with Streetwise Opera ! http://m.streetwiseopera.org/composer-residence
You have until 8th June at midnight to apply and you must be available for interview on 16th June and there are some designated training days. The residencies will take place in each of the 5 different cities where Streetwise Opera have bases. The company gives homeless people a voice through participation in opera. This is focused on 'Mid-Career' composers of any age for whom this would be a 'significant' breakthrough opportunity
Here are more details. Follow the link for information on how and where to apply
Opera is offering an opportunity for five composers to become the
company’s Composers in Residence with their groups in five cities across
England, supported by PRS for Music Foundation.
The residencies provide rich professional development opportunities
for emerging or mid-career composers with a keen interest in opera. The
successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain broad experience
of the life of Streetwise Opera, an award-winning commissioning and
producing opera company that works with people who have experienced
homelessness and other members of the community.
Each Composer in Residence will develop a short (3-5 minute) operatic
chorus for performance in early 2017. We will appoint one composer for
each city we work in: London, Manchester, Middlesbrough,
Newcastle/Gateshead and Nottingham.
The texts for the commissions will be written in collaboration with
our performers through a process of experimentation and exploration,
allowing them to make creative decisions and feel a sense of ownership
over the final piece. Streetwise Opera’s professional workshop leaders
will help facilitate the process.
The vocal abilities of each group should be taken into account to
allow our performers to fully express the text and shine in their
delivery. Generally speaking, broad vocal lines work better than angular
writing. Vocal writing can be in unison throughout or include two-part
harmony and short episodes for solos.
Each commission needs to be devised, written and rehearsed during the
period of July 2016 to January 2017, before being performed in an
informal regional Opera Hour in early 2017. During the summer of 2017,
all five commissions will be performed in an event to celebrate the 15th
anniversary of Streetwise Opera and the achievements of our performers.
Who will this suit?
For this set of commissions, we are focusing on emerging to
mid-career composers of any age, for whom this would represent a
significant and demonstrable development opportunity. We are
particularly interested in composers who live and work in or near the
cities in which we are based – London, Manchester, Middlesbrough,
Newcastle/Gateshead and Nottingham. We are looking for composers with a
keen interest in writing for voice and opera. We are interested in
hearing from people who may not have worked in community settings or
with non-professionals before, as well as those who may have some
experience in these areas.