At City Opera, we choose our composers via Jury, and an anonymized competition. Akin to screen auditions at a Symphony, we invite well-qualified Canadian composers to set an identical text from our new libretto. We avoid hypothesis and mere hopefulness. In this way, we hear how the composer would set the actual libretto -- two years before opening night. Our system reduces risk.
We also use this system to reduce bias. The Jury does not know the name, age, gender, or ethnicity of the composer. Only the sound.
On Saturday 25 April, from 2 - 3pm at the Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie Street, four different settings will be sung of an excerpt from the CHINATOWN libretto of Madeleine Thien. Care to join us? It's free, of course.
Please join us at 10:30am, Thursday 1 October, at the wonderful ACT MainStage in Maple Ridge.
We are offering a delightful reprise of our terrific success last year when we presented the musical version of an imaginary football match, Italy vs France. It drew an enormous crowd, much laughter, many flags, and beautiful voices. Details to come.