Flourish is a new opera competition, launched by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.
SUBMISSIONS FOR FLOURISH 2013 ARE NOW OPEN
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2013
The competition aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.
A panel of industry judges chose a winner from six short-listed operas at a showcase performance. The team behind the winning opera then have a year to develop the piece, culminating in a full-length production, produced by OperaUpClose at the King's Head Theatre for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn the following year.
The winning piece in 2012 was Two Caravans, composed by Guy Harries with a libretto by Ace McCarron, based on the novel by Marina Lewycka. Two Caravans is a tragi-comic on-the-road action adventure about migrant strawberry pickers in the UK. Two Caravans is currently in development, and will be produced by OperaUpClose at the King's Head Theatre for a seven-performance season over four weeks in September and October 2013.
HOW TO ENTER:
Click here to download the information sheet for applicants
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OperaUpClose is known for work that is large in ambition and small in scale, and the parameters of Flourish reflect this. Composers and librettists are invited to write a piece for up to six performers (divided between singers and instrumentalists as they wish). The winning opera will be provided with a budget for these six performers, a director, designers, stage management and marketing, in accordance with OperaUpClose and the King's Head Theatre's in-house Equity Agreement. OperaUpClose will also provide a producer and extensive creative support for the project.