Voices of Aotearoa 6:24 is an exciting new opera project
that invites emerging and experienced artists to explore what it might
be like to create an opera.
The project will comprise six teams each featuring an opera singer,
an instrumentalist, a composer and a writer. It is our intention that
these teams reflect as widely as possible the diversity of our culture,
musical heritage and geography.
Each team will work together to develop a narrative outline, identify
a moment of song within this narrative and collaborate utilising their
specific skills to realise the writing, composition and performance of
Specialised input from New Zealand Opera will contribute to the
development of a rich dialogue around the subject of what opera is and
what it might be.
Are you an opera singer, instrumentalist, writer or composer who is keen to learn about creating opera? We invite you to send in your expression of interest by filling out our application form.
Details on NZ Opera’s website.
Submissions are now open for four new jazz commissions by New Zealand composers to be presented at a re-scheduled Wellington Jazz Festival, 18–22 November 2020.
know Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on musicians, technicians
and many of the Festival’s regular music venues, bars and eateries
across the region and country. In response, the Festival has reshaped
its planned programme, shifted it to Spring, and is putting its resource
and energy into ‘loving local’ – bringing audiences the finest
homegrown jazz live in Wellington’s best music spots.
As well as
playing at the Festival, one way we can support artists is to invest in
them to create new music. This year, we’re providing an increased number
of composition and performance opportunities for Aotearoa-New Zealand
jazz composers and musicians.
Made possible by support from
Creative New Zealand and Todd Corporation, a fee of between $10,000 and
$12,500 for each commission will be awarded to composers to create a new
piece of jazz music that will premiere at the Wellington Jazz Festival
in November. The Festival is committed to inclusion and developing and
celebrating the sounds of Aotearoa, and at least one commission will be
awarded to a Māori composer.
Submissions are open now and close 5pm, Friday 3 July. The commissions are open to New Zealand-based citizens or residents and will be selected by a panel of jazz experts.
Full details on the Jazz Festival’s website.