Flourish is a new opera competition, launched by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.
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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 choose 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 for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn the following year.
The winning piece of the 2013 competition is The Blank Canvas composed by Spyros Syrmos, with a libretto by Fay Wrixon, which will be produced by OperaUpClose in autumn 2014. The winner of the 2012 competition was Two Caravans, composed by Guy Harries with a libretto by Ace McCarron, based on the novel by Marina Lewycka.
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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.