Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Announces Collaboration with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for Opera in the 21st Century Program
Banff Centre, in collaboration with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, is excited to announce the 2023 Opera in the 21st Century multi-disciplinary program. The partnership will see the first module of the program taking place over two weeks at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, with the second module providing three weeks of programming at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Opera at Banff Centre is a performance-based, collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that truly challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design. The focus is to develop early career professionals with the skills and experience to take them to the next level of their careers and beyond. Led by Artistic Director Joel Ivany, the faculty is comprised of internationally recognized professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
This program offers a unique opportunity for seven singers, one stage director, and one repetiteur to attend both modules to work with and learn from artists specializing in a range of areas including design, creation, composition, and production. In module one, participants will join a cast of career principal artists at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and prepare the roles needed for Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
They will remount the semi-staged production at Banff Centre later that summer in module two, whilst also workshopping and presenting a musical read-through of a new opera, Adoration, written by Mary Kouyoumdjian and Royce Vavrek in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects based on the film by Atom Egoyan.
This second part of the program will also feature an intensive residency for one pre-existing composer/librettist pair to work with Banff Centre faculty, alongside the other participants to showcase a new, ready-to-be-performed work.
Applications are open until March 22nd. See the full program details at www.banffcentre.ca/performing-arts/opera
These programs are generously supported by the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund.