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!

This year, CU NOW Professional will be workshopping Jake Heggie's new opera based on Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life." The story tells of George Bailey, a family man, selfless human and proprietor of a small town Banking Company and his journey in discovering the love and warmth that surrounds him.

Houston Grand Opera has commissioned this work for their 2016-17 season. They have chosen CU NOW Professional to workshop the opera before rehearsals begin this fall. This exciting opportunity allows students the chance to learn new music and be involved in the intense workshop process with composer Jake Heggie and the entire artistic team before it is presented in December.

CU NOW 2016 schedule of events

Jake Heggie's "It's a Wonderful Life" Workshop
Friday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
ATLAS Black Box Theater

Composer Fellows' Initiative
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Imig Music Theatre
Featuring performances of student opera compositions

Jake Heggie's "It's a Wonderful Life" Workshop
Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m.
ATLAS Black Box Theater

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