What Does the Program Offer?
- Where have we been? (The past, historic structures of opera companies, decision-making, creation, the canon, Black and Indigenous work, historic Black and Indigenous inclusion in opera.)
- Where we are now? (The current climate of the opera world, working in the field, new questions about diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism.)
- Where we are going? (Imagining possible futures, accountability structures, who makes decisions—Considering community engagement and community representation, etc.)
Some examples of these special topics are:
- Staging the canon (a director’s perspective).
- De-colonized methodologies of opera creation.
- Topics of Opera: Staging/dramatizing trauma, challenges, pains, supports required to do this work, could the future of opera from marginalized voices examine stories of resilience?
- A look at the history of Black and Indigenous opera performers.
- Who tells whose stories? (Can/should a non-BIPOC person write a BIPOC opera? If so, what parameters should be in place? Who should be consulted? Can a non-Black singer sing a spiritual or Black/Indigenous art song? What about a fully-staged work?)
- Representation on stage.
- Agency and change—many of us feel powerless and voiceless in the massive ‘industry’ of opera. What are the strategies and places to have an increased say and power in this environment?
- LGBTQ representation in opera (Non-binary and trans identity and experience in opera, the journey of a non-binary artist)
- Being an ally (What does ally-ship look like for non-BIPOC people? What does allyship look like within BIPOC communities? What are the challenges of lateral violence?).
- Diversification of your career and life planning.
Who Should Apply?
- November 23 – December 4, 2020
- February 1 – 19, 2021
- May 3 – 21, 2021
- July 5 – 30, 2021