liblab

Composer-Librettist Laboratory

The Composer-Librettist Laboratory is generously supported by Mr. Roger D. Moore.


About the LibLab

 

Press release August 4, 2015: Composer Librettist Laboratory Release

The Composer-Librettist Laboratory, Canada’s flagship opera creation intensive for two decades, brings premier established and emerging artists together to experiment with the medium and form lasting collaborations.

For most composers and writers, the artistic process is a solitary one. Producers around the world agree that forming workable artistic partnerships between composers and playwrights is the single greatest challenge facing the development of new opera and music theatre. The Composer-Librettist Laboratory is Tapestry’s response to this challenge. Initiated in 1995, the laboratory is an intensive workshop for composers and writers to explore the collaborative process. Currently, the program attracts participants from Canada, the United States, and the U.K., as well other international participants. It is also the model for the English National Opera Studio’s All-in Opera, as well as Pacific Opera Victoria’s Composer-Librettist Workshop.

Tapestry’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory provides artists with the opportunity to work with several partners in a short period of time, thereby developing techniques for effective collaboration and also maximizing trial and error over a short period to clarify the most successful techniques and approaches. Throughout the week and a half program, each writer and composer will be partnered with all of their counterparts for one composition each. With mentorship from dramaturges and experienced interpreters, their work is performed at the end of each exercise by a resident ensemble of singers and repetiteurs, and then constructively critiqued by the group.

Interested?
The next LibLab will be held in the summer of 2018. To join our newsletter and be made aware of upcoming application deadlines, sign up here.

Former LibLab applications can be viewed here.

Since 1995, Tapestry has nurtured over 100 creative artists through this unique program. Previous LibLabs have yielded 50 creative teams many who currently have projects in development including: Christopher Thornborrow and Julie Tepperman, Hannah Moscovitch and Benton Roark, Rose Bolton and Jill Battson, Andrew Staniland and Jill Battson, and Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy.

Most of Tapestry’s world premieres and many world premieres from like-minded companies have had their start in ideas or partnerships forged at the LibLab.


2014 LibLab Participants:

Librettists:
Nicholas Billon
Morris Panych
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
David Yee

Composers:
Ivan Barbotin
Dean Burry
Nicole Lizée
James Rolfe
Chris Thornborrow

2013 LibLab Participants:

Librettists:
Nicholas Billon
Morris Panych
Julie Tepperman
David Yee

Composers:
Patrick Arteaga
Cecilia Livingston
Jocelyn Morlock
Chris Thornborrow

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