Where Operas Come To Be Born

New York City Opera’s annual opera workshop is the place new operas come to to be seen – a kind of coming-out party. “Portions of 10 new American operas be presented, including one by Lou Harrison, who died in February. This year’s other composers range from the young and unknown (Patrick Soluri, 28) to the decorated (the Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands). All events are free and open to the public, offering a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the country’s operatic future. From a performer’s perspective there is nothing else quite like it in the country. Opera scouts and industry insiders have been present in past years, and there are stories of works being picked up at the Vox and slated for full production.”