Opera Philadelphia

Composer in Residence

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to offer the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer in Residence program.

Funded by two grants totaling more than $1.7 million from the Andrew W. 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 American 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 with the resident companies and advisors to take this timeless art form and infuse it with the artistic, technological, creative, and collaborative sensibilities most relevant to our time.

Rene Orth
Rene OrthYear 3 Resident
David Hertzberg
David HertzbergFormer Resident
David T. Little
David T. LittleFormer Resident
Lembit Beecher
Lembit BeecherFormer Resident
Missy Mazzoli
Missy MazzoliFormer Resident
Andrew Norman
Andrew NormanFormer Resident

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.


What does opera sound like today? Opera Philadelphia Composers in Residence Lembit Beecher and Missy Mazzoli joined WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Nov. 1, 2013 to discuss the future of opera. They were joined by Montreal-based composer Ana Sokolovic in advance of the American premiere of her a cappella, chamber opera Svadba-Wedding at Opera Philadelphia.

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