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A number of grants were awarded to Canadian opera companies under the new Opera Fund, a collaboration between Opera America and the Professional Opera Companies of Canada. (Competitors and Awards).

A number of grants were awarded to Canadian opera companies under the new Opera Fund, a collaboration between OPERA America and the Professional Opera Companies of Canada. The POCC received $2.5-million from the Canada Council to establish an endowment and support program grants. With this gift, the POCC formed the Canadian Opera Creation Program (COCP), a sister program to The Opera Fund. This year, eight Canadian companies received grants.

Development grants were awarded to Autumn Leaf Performance for a co-production with the Evergreen Club Gamelan of a new work called How It Storms, a gamelan opera with music by Allen Cole and libretto by Maristello Roca; and to Opera Ontario for Screen Test, a co-production with NUMUS, by composer Tim Brady and librettist John Sobol.

A production grant was given to Calgary Opera for Filumena, with music by John Estacio and libretto by John Murell. The new work will be presented as part of Calgary Opera's 2002-03 season and will also be performed at the Banff Arts Festival in 2003. Chants Libres, in partnership with Les coups de Theater, received a production grant for a new children's opera, Pacamambo, based on the book by Wajdi Mouawad, who also wrote the libretto, with music by Zack Settel. The opera will be performed in November. Modern Baroque Opera was awarded a production grant for composer Peter Hannan and librettist Peter Hinton's 120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade, which premiered in Vancouver in March (see our featured review page 31). The Queen of Puddings Music Thealre Company received a grant for Charlotte, a new opera by composer James Rolfe and librettist Jeremy Podeswa, which will premiere in Toronto in 2003. And Soundstreams Canada was awarded a production grant for A Midwinter Night's Dream, by composer Harry Somers and l ibrettist Tim Wynne-Jones. The opera will be the flagship Canadian work in Northern Encounters 2003, a festival celebrating the arts and culture of the eight circumpolar nations. A Midwinter Night's Dream, a youth opera, was originally commissioned by the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus.

Finally, Chants Libres was given a documentation grant for making a DVD recording of two children's operas it created: L'Enfant des Glaces and Pacamambo.
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Author:So, Joseph
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Date:Jun 22, 2002
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