2 x new music theatre / opera commissions, Northern Opera Group (Paid)

Northern Opera Group are looking for short (around 5 minute) music theatre pieces, with no more than 4 musicians, which will be recorded for online broadcast, and performed live in 2021. They welcome artists from different musical backgrounds, and will accept applications from existing songwriting teams, or individual composers, lyricists and songwriters.


The commissions available are in response to:

1) The Leeds Opera Story – our heritage project exploring the 300 year history of opera in Leeds. We’re looking for artists to respond to this heritage, drawing a connection between the art form’s, and the city’s, past and present (and maybe future!).

They are prioritising applicants from, or with a strong connection to, Leeds for this commission.

2) Savriti (1916, words and music by Gustav Holst) – this short, three person opera is based on the episode of Savitri and Satyavan from the Mahābhārata, and will be performed at our 2021 Leeds Opera Festival. We’re looking for artists to respond to this opera, which may be a retelling of the original story, a contemporary monologue based on its themes, or a response to Holst’s interpretation of Indian classical music.

They are prioritising applicants from a South Asian background for this commission


To find out more information please visit http://www.northernoperagroup.co.uk/commission-brief-2020/

Deadline: 31 October 2020 

Source: Arts Jobs


Please send submissions, or feel free to ask any questions, to David Ward (Artistic Director) – david@northernoperagroup.co.uk


The fee for composers is £1,250, and for librettists is £310.

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