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Composer in Residence

Opera Philadelphia is proud to offer the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer in Residence program.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Composer in Residence (CIR) program provides a highly individualized professional development path for today’s most promising opera composers, selected on a competitive basis.

The program fosters tomorrow’s masterpieces of opera through individualized creative development. The Composer in Residence (CIR) is eager to step beyond his or her musical comfort zones. He or she works zealously to take this timeless art form and infuse it with the artistic, technological, creative, and collaborative sensibilities most relevant to our time.

Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey2019 – 2023
Rene Orth
Rene Orth2016 – 2019
David Hertzberg
David Hertzberg2015 – 2018
David T. Little
David T. Little2014 – 2017
Andrew Norman
Andrew Norman2013 – 2016
Missy Mazzoli
Missy Mazzoli2012 – 2015
Lembit Beecher
Lembit Beecher2011 – 2014

The composers take part in personalized learning tracks providing opportunities to cultivate their skills in all aspects of opera production, from working one-on-one with librettists and dramaturges, to workshops and scene treatments with world-class performers. They have exceptional access to observe and work hands-on in every aspect of creative development, production, and performance.

While there is no pre-determined creative output required, composers are encouraged to make the best use of their resources.

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