The purpose of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers program is to give voice to unpublished 21st century
operatic compositions. The initial launch of this showcase during the 2013 Festival will be chaired by
Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods and a jury of composers, directors, conductors,
producers, opera administrators, and community leaders.
DISCOVER. The jury selected by Fort Worth Opera will evaluate blind submissions for the workshop.
Works considered should be unpublished (or self-published) operas with a minimum of 15 minutes of
completed composition. Six to eight works will be selected for the final showcase.
PREPARE. Fort Worth Opera artists will be coached on the selected pieces by the music staff during the
annual opera festival in Fort Worth. Final music rehearsals will be overseen by a guest conductor and
held during lunchtime previews open to the public during the final week of the Festival (May 6-8, 2013).
The composers will be invited to participate in the final rehearsal process and will receive feedback
following the workshop.
INTRODUCE. Artistic directors for professional opera companies, classical music publishers, funding
organizations, and Fort Worth Opera community members will be invited to attend the two afternoons
of the workshop performances as part of the final weekend of the Festival (May 9-11, 2013). An emcee
and the conductors will introduce each piece. Discussion about the works with the composers will follow
Darren K. Woods, General Director and Kurt Howard, Frontiers Curator