Now Accepting Applications for
Original Vision 2024!
Call for Proposals of New Opera-Theater Works

About Original Vision

Overtone Industries is pleased to announce a call for proposals of New Opera-Theater Works as part of our Original Vision development workshop and presentation in the Fall and Winter of 2024. We are looking for new stories of mythic proportion.

Hailed as “an unparalleled creative, contemporary success” and “Beautifully experimental, the [pieces]…perfectly translate for modern ears, ideals, and sensibilities. They are dark, full-bodied, delicious, and potent” (Broadway World), Original Vision is an opportunity for Overtone Industries to support creative voices as they develop interdisciplinary work in the vein of Overtone’s mythic storytelling model.

The project includes a 4-week libretto development period, followed by a 6 week music development period, all with mentorship from Overtone’s artistic leadership. The project culiminates in three composer/librettist teams presenting new scenes performed and directed by Overtone’s creative team.

About Mythic Storytelling

Some people define Myth as less than fact; we see it as more than fact – A Myth is a way to communicate on many levels at the same time; to see our human experience as the anchor and evidence of ancient impulses, current understanding, and cosmic laws we can only glimpse. Creating new myths requires people who can feel a narrative from all those perspectives and tell their story through a vivid personal lens. Magic, mystery and the extraordinary as part of our everyday lives are welcome!

Guidelines and Submission Process

  • There is no submission fee for this call for proposals.
  • This opportunity is open to artists in any location who can participate via zoom, however we are prioritizing applications from local (Southern California) artists who can attend the workshops in-person.
  • Composers and librettists should apply as pre-formed teams. Single artists acting as both composer and librettist may also apply.
  • Attendance is expected for the performance and encouraged for the rehearsal process and workshops. (We are not currently able to provide travel funding for participating artists, although we will certainly share any fundraising links for participants as needed.)
  • At this time, we are only considering new works based on original stories rather than adaptations or retellings of existing myths.

Submission Requirements

  • Scores and recordings (no midi realizations please) of two musical samples, one must show writing for the voice.
  • One writing sample of poetry, lyrics, or dialogue
  • 250 word (max) proposal of your work including major themes and how it relates to the notion of Mythic Storytelling as defined above. Please describe relevant characters and imagined forces necessary for the production (number of singers, types of instrumentation, etc.), and which section you want to develop as part of Original Vision.
  • Please include a short statement about why you are interested in the type of work Overtone creates and what you hope to receive from the mentorship process.
  • 100 word bio for each collaborating artist.
  • Websites for collaborating artists (applicants must have a website).
  • Please do not email attachments. Rather, include links to all work samples and other information directly in the application form. Please make all such links active through the end of July, 2024.

Timeline

July 15th – Deadline for Application
July 25nd – Participants are selected and informed of acceptance
Sept 1st to 30th – libretto workshops
October 1 to November 12th – music workshops
Nov 12th – Rehearsal begin
Dec. 7th – Performance weekend

Scene Parameters

Each scene will be 10-15 minutes in length and will include up to four singers (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and up to four instrumentalists (Piano, Violin, ‘Cello, Percussion). Live electronics, including keyboard, triggered percussion, or tape, are also welcome.