Metropolitan Opera will contract a Ukrainian composer to create an opera for the first time in history
The Metropolitan Opera will order the writing of an opera to a Ukrainian composer. The opera has begun selection from among Ukrainian composers. The winning composer will be provided with a librettist to create a vocal score for piano, financial support to a team of the composer, accommodation in New York, and a two-week workshop at the Metropolitan Opera or Lincoln Center rehearsal room.
“After discussions with Olena Zelenska and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Metropolitan will be happy to consider the candidacies of talented Ukrainian composers to write an opera to order. We are happy to help draw attention to the bright cultural creativity of the Ukrainian composer community, especially now, when Ukraine is heroically defending its cultural heritage,” Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb said.