College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


  • Radio Gig for CU NOW 2013

From Score to Floor: Opera from the Ground Up

By the time an opera production hits the floorboards, composers and performers have spent years transforming theatrical ideas and music for the stage. The CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) gives you the rare opportunity to observe this process and share your suggestions with the composers. The interactive workshop-style performances feature acclaimed opera composers working with CU singers on new operas, on their way to professional world premieres. You'll leave with exciting insights into the creative process when you experience opera from the ground up at CU NOW!

For the Summer of 2015, CU NOW is excited to announce that we will workshop the opera Susan Smith by librettist and CU-Boulder alumnus Mark Campbell and composer Zach Redler. They will both be coming to Boulder for the entire CU NOW workshop and will also work with the CU NOW Composer's Initiative. The Composer's Initiative is an extension of the new opera celebration. Several CU-Boulder composition students will be selected to compose an opera scene for a performance by the CU NOW artistic team at the music theater at Imig on Saturday, June 13. This includes Professor Bud Coleman and Professor Emeritus, Bob Spillman.  

The performances take place at the Atlas Black Box Theatre on the campus of CU-Boulder. This unique space provides a birds-eye view of the performance and offers a perfect atmosphere for a post-performance Q&A with the composer, librettist, singers and artistic team. Have you ever wondered what a composer does to a score before the first performance? Now is your chance to find out!

In 2014, CU NOW worked with internationally renowned author/librettist Colm Toibin, composer Alberto Caruso and Director Ron Daniels to workshop their new opera, The Master. Director Ron Daniels is associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and has directed theater and opera all over the world.


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