LA Opera has commissioned some of today’s most in-demand composers to create a series of short vocal works.

These superstars are pairing up with talented visual artists including animators, experimental filmmakers and choreographers to bring you a number of new pieces throughout the fall and early winter

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Left to right: Du Yun, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli, Tamar-kali, David Lang, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Aucoin

Check out some of the early details for these projects below, but be sure to check back here as we share more. 

Composer: ELLEN REID 

Project: Lumee's Dream, based on an excerpt from the opera prism (librettist: Roxie Perkins)
Performer: mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb
Filmmaker
: James Darrah 

Composer: Missy Mazzoli 

Project: music video for "The Sodbuster’s Aria" from Proving Up (librettist: Royce Vavrek)
Visual Artists: James Darrah 

Composer: Gabriela Lena Frank

Project: commissioned revision of Las cinco lunas de Lorca (text by Nilo Cruz)
Performers: SATB chorus, countertenor and piano  
Visual Artist: Irene Rodríguez 
Filmmaker: Matthew Diamond

Composer Tyshawn Sorey 

Project: a setting for alto and piano of "Death," based on the poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Composer: Matthew Aucoin 

Project: settings of three poems by Jake Skeets ("Afterparty," "How to Become the Moon," "Virginity")
Performers: baritone Davóne Tines, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

Composer/librettistDavid Lang 

Project: Song of Songs, for soprano and string ensemble
Performer: soprano Angel Blue

Composer: TAMAR-KALI

Project: The Opera Murder Club: Jane Doe; new commission 
Writer/director: Lila Palmer 
Performers: Mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davisinstrumentalists TBA 

Composer/LIBRETTIST: Du Yun

Project: Three movements (No-Noha, Climax, Resignfrom the one-act opera Zolle. 
Animation Producer/Curator: Ron Diamond, Acme Filmworks