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Hartford Opera Theater is announcing a call for scores for its twelfth annual New in November, new opera works workshop and festival. The festival will take place from November 18 - 20, 2022 and up to six new opera selections will receive a staged workshop performance.


Composers are invited to submit up to two extracted opera scenes from a larger work, or one complete work of up to 20 minutes that includes the following:

• The scene must be composed for no more than a maximum of 5 singers (scenes written to include parts for mezzo-soprano or soprano are highly encouraged)
• The complete work or combined extracted scenes should be no longer than 20 minutes

• Must be written in the English-language

• Must be written for piano accompaniment or supplied piano reduction 

Hartford Opera Theater will consider scenes extracted from larger works, of 20 minutes or less. If submitting a scene from a larger work, please give clear indication of the beginning and ending of the scene you wish to be considered in the materials accompanying your submission. Extracted scenes should be clear dramatic representations of the larger work from which they derive. All extracted scenes should have the ability to be understood by audiences as a scene with a dramatic arc, such as an aria or duet. English-language libretti should be in the public domain or must be accompanied by a statement of copyright permission from the librettist of the work. Submissions from student and professional composers are welcome. Scenes will be judged on artistic merit, appropriate scoring for voice types used, and dramatic content by a distinguished panel of judges.


For New in November 10 we were able to use chamber orchestrations for the performance, and are pursuing funding to do this again. Please indicate whether you already have a chamber orchestration for your piece, for what instruments the piece is orchestrated, and/or whether you would be open to creating a new or reducing a current orchestration if selected.

All composers chosen to participate in the New in November workshops and festival will receive a staged performance with piano accompaniment. Works will be staged with minimal props and costumes. Composers and librettists are strongly encouraged to attend the festival weekend and performance. Composers will be invited to attend workshop discussions and give presentations about their music as part of the festival activities.

Composers will receive a youtube link to a professional video recording of their piece and the opportunity to purchase professional production photos. There is no remuneration for composers or librettists if their works are selected. Transportation is not provided to the company’s rehearsal or performance spaces. Hartford Opera Theater is unable to provide housing or travel compensation at this time.





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