In April 2023, Opera America announced the recipients of their 2023 Discovery Grants from its Opera Grants for Women Composers program, made possible with the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
The program promotes the work of women composers in opera and raises their visibility across the field. Grants totaling $100,000 is supporting the development of new opera and music-theater works by six exceptional composers, including Bernadette Speach, composer of the opera The Little Rock Nine.
« In addition to cash awards, OPERA America provides travel support for all Discovery Grant recipients to attend its annual Opera Conference and New Works Forum, enabling them to develop relationships with potential creative partners and producers. Grant recipients also receive mentorship on the artistic and business aspects of new work development. »
Read the official announcement here.
Congratulations to Bernadette Speach and the whole creative team of The Little Rock Nine!