Opera: FY2002 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
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Boston Lyric Opera Company
To support performances of Bizet's Carmen. Two fully staged,
free outdoor performances and related educational activities will
reach an estimated 30,000 people in 2002.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc. (consortium)
To support audience development and educational outreach programs
for adults and students in conjunction with a new co-production of
Mark Adamo's Little Women. In consortium with New York City
Opera, Little Women will be seen in Cooperstown during the
2002 Festival Season and at Lincoln Center in 2003.
Madison Opera, Inc.
To support Opera in the Park. In celebration of its 40 years of
opera production in the city, a free concert of opera favorites
with principal singers, chorus and orchestra will be performed in
Garner Park on the west side of Madison in July 2002.
Opera for the Young, Inc.
To support the commission, production and multistate school tour of
a new children's operatic adaptation of Dvorak's Rusalka.
Approximately 215 in-school performances will take place throughout
rural Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa during 2002-03.
To support the Young Artists Program and expansion of community
access and educational opportunities for elementary and high school
students. In 2002-03 the program will serve over 37,000 people.
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Anchorage Opera Company
To support the Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre, a statewide touring
young artist program to rural Alaskan schools and communities. In
its third year in 2002-03, the program will provide development of
young professional opera artists and expansion of the company's
education and outreach activities to underserved communities
including Alaska Native populations in Barrow, Kotzebue, Nome,
Valdez and the Kenai Peninsula.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support the seventh year of the Community Connections
Initiative. This model initiative demonstrates unique methods for
developing new audiences for opera and will include free
performances of a work by Puccini performed on the Multimedia
Modular Stage at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre.
New Cleveland Opera Company
To support the Intergenerational Initiative. Using the company's
core K-12 programs as a model, the initiative will reach an
estimated 21,000 underserved persons.
To support a young audience performance of Mozart's Cosi fan
tutte and a touring scenes program. During the summer of 2002 a
fully-staged and orchestrated matinee performance of the opera will
be performed for youth and adults, and opera scenes will be toured
to four different venues reaching youth in 18 school districts, and
adults in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Boston Baroque, Inc.
To support the commission and premiere performances of a new edition of Monteverdi's opera Il
Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. Il Ritorno d'Ulisse represents the completion of a
three-opera Monteverdi cycle during three successive seasons in Boston, with L'incoronazione di
Poppea having been performed in 2000 and L'Orfeo performed in 2001.
Central City Opera House Association
To support a new production of Summer and Smoke by Lee Hoiby with libretto by Lanford
Wilson. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, this work will be the seventh 20th-century
American opera produced by the company.
Chicago Opera Theater
To support the Chicago professional premiere of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten.
The production team will be led by two Chicago-based artists: Alexander Platt, Resident Conductor,
Chicago Opera Theater; and Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director, Writers' Theatre Chicago.
Cincinnati Opera Association
To support a presentation of the opera Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie with libretto by
Terrence McNally. Performed in Cincinnati's Music Hall in the summer of 2002, this will be the
first presentation of this new work outside of California.
To support the American premiere of The Silver Tassie, a new opera by British composer Mark
Anthony Turnage. Based on a play of the same name by Sean O'Casey, the opera, co commissioned by
The Dallas Opera and the English National Opera, had its world premiere in England in February
Florida Grand Opera
To support a new production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes. The production will open in
Miami-Dade County and run for five performances before moving to the Broward Center for the
Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale for two performances.
Glimmerglass Opera, Inc.
To support a new production of Joseph Haydn's Orlando Paladino. Ten performances of the
opera will be directed by James Robinson and conducted by Guido Johannes Rumstadt during the
company's 2002 festival season.
Long Beach Opera
Long Beach, CA
To support a new production of Handel's Orlando. The production, set in a contemporary
context, will employ American directors and designers and will be sung in English.
Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
To support faculty costs for the training and professional development program. The program
curriculum includes voice and language instruction, theatrical training, master classes and career
Lyric Opera of Chicago
To support a presentation of Handel's Partenope. Nine performances at the Civic Opera House
will reach an audience of 32,000.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.
Kansas City, MO
To support a new production of Cold Sassy Tree by American composer Carlisle Floyd. Five
performances of the opera at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Kansas City will reach an audience of
Merola Opera Program
San Francisco, CA
To support costs for the training program's visiting artists' workshops. The program offers
advanced training and performance opportunities to young artists pursuing a professional operatic
Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a production of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera Sly. Nine performances will be given
at the Lincoln Center Opera House.
Michigan Opera Theatre
To support the workshop of a new American opera Margaret Garner composed by Richard Danielpour with
libretto by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. The purpose of the workshop is
to assist the creative evolution of the opera and to generate public enthusiasm and support for the
world premiere in October 2004.
Nashville Opera Association
To support the Tennessee Opera Theatre's Young Artist Program. This program offers four artists the
opportunity to perform leading or supporting roles in two main stage productions and principal
roles in the OperaNET education tour for children.
New York City Opera, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a new production of Handel's Agrippina. Six performances of this opera, performed
in Lincoln Center's New York State Theater, will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the company's
Opera Orchestra of New York, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Young Artists Program, a specialized training and professional development program
for opera singers. The program offers individual instruction and ensemble training, and teaches
essential professional techniques, technical skills, and work habits needed for a successful career
Santa Ana, CA
To support a new production of Jake Heggie's new American opera Dead Man Walking with
libretto by Terrence McNally. Five performances of this production will take place at the Orange
County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support the American premiere of the opera Flight by Jonathan Dove with libretto by April
de Angelis. An audience of 5,700 is expected to attend six performances of this work at Webster
University's Loretto-Hilton Center in St. Louis.
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.
To support the regional premieres of an early Baroque opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea by
Claudio Monteverdi and a 20th-century American opera Street Scene by Kurt Weill.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea will be performed by the young artists in the professional
training arm of the opera, while Street Scene will be the first main stage production sung
in English in Pittsburgh in more than 25 years.
San Francisco Opera Association
San Francisco, CA
To support a new production and the North American premiere of the opera St. Francois
d'Assise by Olivier Messiaen. This work, composed in 1983, will receive six performances at the
War Memorial Opera House.
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
To support the American premiere of the opera L'amour de loin by Finnish composer Kaija
Saariaho with libretto by French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf. Approximately 6,000 people are
expected to attend three performances of the opera at the Santa Fe Opera Theater.
Tacoma Opera Association
To support a new production of Verdi's La Traviata. Asian American designer Carey Wong will
design and supervise the construction of scenic elements of the opera.
OPERA America, Inc.
To support expansion of the Field Services Program. The program features customized technical
assistance to small and mid-sized opera companies and will include consultations, seminars and
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