Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Road Report #1

I’m sitting in an opera rehearsal, and I catch someone’s eye. We introduce ourselves, engage in the usual pleasantries, and then comes the inevitable question: “So, what do you do?”

Most people in the room don’t have a hard time answering this question. They’re singers, stagehands, conductors, choreographers, or even wigmakers. Their roles are clear, and their presence is justified. But when I answer, “I’m a composer,” my interrogator’s brow furrows, and more questions follow.

“Do you compose operas?” Yes, I’ve written one.

“Are you writing us an opera?” Not right now, but I hope to eventually.

“Then what are you doing here?”

Monday, April 22, 2013

What's that aroma?

Congratulations to 2010-2011 Moore Fund fellow Dan Visconti for being selected one of the winners of the prestigious Rome Prize competition. Here's a link to the story on NewMusicBox.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Getting started

Although the Moore Fund first funded a fellowship in '04-'05, it hasn't been up on the world wide web. We are in the process of getting a website going and it will go live by the end of the month.

The website and blog will be of interest to aspiring composers and librettists who want to learn more about breaking into the fields of opera and musical theater. It will also be of interest to fans of Douglas Moore's work and also a group of composers associated with him, including Jack Beeson and John Kander. Moore had a big influence on a generation of composers through his work producing opera at the Columbia Opera Workshop. You may be surprised to learn that the workshop premiered operas by composers such as Britten, Menotti, Thompson, and Ward.