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Tapestry Opera’sComposer-Librettist Laboratory (LIBLAB) is Canada’s flagship opera creation intensive, bringing premier established and emerging artists together to experiment with the medium and form lasting collaborations. These artistic partnerships develop seeds of projects that may grow into full commissions and is the launching point for several new Canadian opera works.

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. LIBLAB is Tapestry’s response to this challenge. Initiated in 1995, the laboratory is an intensive workshop for composers and writers to meet, discuss ideas, and explore the collaborative process. The program attracts participants from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as other international participants. LIBLAB is the model for the English National Opera Studio’s All-in Opera, as well as Pacific Opera Victoria’s Composer-Librettist Workshop.

Like creator speed-dating, Tapestry’s LIBLAB provides artists with the opportunity to work with several partners in a short period of time, rapidly developing techniques for effective collaboration and also maximizing exposure to an array of creative relationships.

LIBLAB Bilingue 2019-2020

With support from the governments of Ontario and Quebec, Tapestry’s internationally known Composer-Librettist Laboratory will join forces with Opéra de Montréal to create the very first bilingual LIBLAB from composers and librettists from both provinces exploring bilingualism in opera. 

LIBLAB Bilingue  March 23 – April 1, 2020 | Montreal, Quebec

LIBLAB 2020-2021

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