Generously underwritten by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase offers audiences a first look at the developmental processes for operas. Part of the Opera of the Americas initiative, Frontiers gives emerging composers and librettists from North, South, & Central America a platform to showcase their talents.


Eight selected works will be presented at Bass Performance Hall. The 20-minute excerpts, sung by artists from the 2018 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment, will be offered in two separate showcases of four works each on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30pm – 10:00pm and Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30pm – 10:00pm.  Tickets for the showcases are $10, and will go on sale next spring.

Frontiers Successes

Frontiers showcase has yielded numerous regional and world premieres since its inception. Commissioned by the American Lyric Theater, Patrick Soluri and Deborah Brevoort’s macabre, Edgar Allan Poe-inspired opera Embedded (Frontiers 2013) appeared during FWOpera’s 2016 Festival. Matthew Peterson and Jason Zencka’s critically-acclaimed, true crime opera Voir Dire (Frontiers 2014) proved to be a highlight of the company’s 2017 Festival.

Robert Paterson and David Cote’s trio of comic, one-act operas, Three Way, premiered at Nashville Opera and BAM Fisher in 2017, and Opera Colorado will present the world premiere of Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort’s true-life WWII romance, Steal a Pencil for Me (Frontiers 2016) during their 2018 season. Griffin Candey and Thom Miller’s dark comedy, Sweets by Kate (Frontiers 2017), received its NYC premiere in July of 2017 with OperaRox Productions. Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos’ When Adonis Calls (Frontiers 2015), was staged as part of Opera America’s 2017 New Works Forum.


Interested and qualified candidates can obtain the submission information and address by contacting FWOpera at Only 15-25 minutes of a composition will be considered and all works must be submitted by 11:59 pm July 31, 2018.

Between six and eight compositions will be selected for participation in the 2019 Frontiers showcase. There is a $25 US application fee.

Applications must consist of:

  • Piano/Vocal score for the selection ONLY (15-25 minutes of music)
  • Libretto for the selection ONLY (additional English translation if the work is in another language)
  • Synopsis of the entire work
  • Recorded sample of the selection ONLY. These can be piano/vocal recordings (preferred), midi recordings, orchestral recordings, but must be converted into an mp3 or similar format before uploading.
  • Note: All composer/librettist names must be removed from the submission materials for blind evaluation by the panel
  • Submission PDF