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OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers


The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

COSI 2018 Program:
June 13 - July 15, 2018

52nd International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch Preliminary Round, in Sulmona's "Maria Caniglia" Opera House:
June 23, 2018

COSI Academy:
July 5 - July 15, 2018

Opera Chorus Program:
July 1 - July 15, 2018

Opera Creation Lab for composers and singers:
July 5 - July 15th, 2018.

COSI 2018 presents:
W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro J. Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna G. Puccini - Gianni Schicchi Dean Burry - Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (World Premiere)

COSI 2018 Applications remain open for video applicants

Apply today!

Program Dates: July 5-15, 2018
COSI 2018 is pleased to offer its OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers, directed by    Dean Burry, in combination with members of COSI’s magnificent artistic teams.

Apply for this summer’s COSI OPERA CREATION LAB for Composers and Singers via COSI’s YAPtracker link.

COSI 2017 composers (clockwise from front): Katherine Saxon (UC Santa Barbara), Michelle Glen (U of Alberta), Sarrah Bushara (Curtis Institute), Ryan Henwood (Dalhousie U.), Dean Burry.

FOR COMPOSERS: In receiving your application for the program, you will then be contacted by us to submit two examples of your compositions. Vocal and/or instrumental pieces are welcome, though examples of previous operatic writing are encouraged.

Successful composer applicants will:

  • Submit a vocal composition or opera scene before the program.
  • Collaboratively create a scene while at the program.
  • Receive a final public presentation and recording.

For composers, the summer Opera Creation Lab includes:

  • Vocal masterclasses that will inform about writing for the voice, and the particular considerations for each voice type and differences within those voice types (writing for different kinds of sopranos, for example).
  • Dramaturgy and the libretto – how to work with a libretto or consider writing one.
  • Building a Composing Career in Opera
  • Elements of Design
  • Private lessons with Dean Burry.
  • Interactive sessions with Music Director Shannon Hiebert and the performers of your music.
  • Making important connections with singers and opera professionals with whom you may work in the future.
  • Access to all COSI opera performances and courtyard concerts for the duration of the Opera Creation Lab.

“COSI’s Opera Creation Lab exceeded all my expectations. It was incredible to hear my music so soon after writing it. The singers were wonderful, engaged and creative. Seeing our scenes brought to life gave me a new understanding and appreciation for all the dramatic work that goes into making opera work. This, in turn, will forever affect how I approach the combined forces of music and drama. Thank you so much!” Katherine Saxon (COSI 2017), University of California Santa Barbara.

“The week that I spent at the COSI Opera Creation Lab for Composers and Singers was a completely enriching experience. There is nothing more inspiring than working in an environment surrounded by young driven performers and seasoned instructors. I look to forward to seeing the growth of this amazing program and am proud to have participated in its inaugural year.” Ryan Henwood, Dalhousie University.

COSI 2017 Singers of the OPERA CREATION LAB (from left): Quinn Mitchell (UToronto), Christina Yun (Wilfrid Laurier U.) Program Director Dean Burry, Music Director Shannon Hiebert, Adam Laurenti (Ottawa U.) and Maeve Palmer (UToronto).

FOR SINGERS: Your application and audition materials are to include video recordings of two contrasting selections in any language, composed no earlier than 1968.

The Opera Creation Lab includes the following experiences for singers:

  • Vocal master classes on contemporary opera repertoire (not music composed as part of  the COSI program) with members of the COSI artistic teams.
  • Voice lessons and coaching sessions on any of your contemporary repertoire.
  • Interactive sessions with Music Director Shannon Hiebert and the composers.
  • Creating operatic roles with composers with whom you may collaborate in the future.
  • Performances of the music and staged opera scenes you have learned at the Opera Creation Lab, and a video recording.
  • Being a part of any or all of the presentations available to composers, such as sessions on dramaturgy, elements of design, building a composition career in opera – how singers and composers help each other.
  • Access to all COSI opera performances and courtyard concerts for the duration of the Opera Creation Lab.

To inquire further about submitting your compositions as part of your application to COSI’s Opera Composition program, contact: cosi.program.manager@gmail.com

Tuition information is on the “Costs” page. Click here.

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