Opera Philadelphia

The Program

The ideal Composer in Residence (CIR) will be eager to step beyond his or her musical comfort zones. He or she will work 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.

The CIR will receive highly individualized opportunities to cultivate his/her 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. The CIR will have exceptional access to observe and work hands-on in every aspect of artistic administration, creative development, production, and performance.

The program is directed to composers of all professional levels who see opera as a significant component of their future creative work. There is no required creative output; however, composers are encouraged to make the best use of resources provided.

This residency includes a yearly salary of $60,000 plus benefits as well as substantial work and career development resources.

Program Description

Any questions regarding the application process or the residency program may be directed to composers@operaphila.org.

  • Salary and benefits
  • Three year program contingent on appropriate progress
  • Must be in residence in Philadelphia and New York City for a minimum of four-six weeks, twice per year (housing and travel expenses provided)
  • Participate in monthly meetings with New Works Administrator, Senior Executive and Artistic staff
  • Attend the Opera America Conference and New Works Forum
  • Participate in community programs across a variety of media
  • Collaboration, coaching, and study projects with experts in their field such as Composer Jennifer Higdon, Librettist Mark Campbell, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, Dramaturge Cori Ellison, Opera/Vocal Coach Mikael Eliasen, Opera Philadelphia Music Director Corrado Rovaris, and Music Theatre Group
  • Commission opportunities
  • In-depth study of the voice (voice types, fach, and tessitura), dramaturgy, libretto, and theater
  • Observe rehearsals, workshops, recitals, masterclasses and performances internationally of both classical repertoire and New Works
  • Intensive hands-on composition programs
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