A group of composers and librettist smiling together at the camera


Tapestry Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory (LIBLAB) is Canada’s flagship opera creation intensive. It brings established and emerging artists together to experiment and form lasting collaborations.

These artistic partnerships develop seeds of projects that may grow into full commissions, and it 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 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 a workshop for composers and writers to meet, discuss ideas and explore the collaborative process. Like creator speed-dating, Tapestry’s LIBLAB provides artists with the opportunity to work with several partners in a short period of time.

The program attracts participants from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom amongst others. LIBLAB is the model for the English National Opera Studio’s All-in Opera, as well as Pacific Opera Victoria’s Composer-Librettist Workshop.

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