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Deadline extended to May 25, 2016

Tapestry Opera's Composer-Librettist Laboratory, Canada’s flagship opera creation intensive for over two decades, brings premier established and emerging artists together to experiment with the medium and form lasting collaborations. For the 2016 edition, internationally acclaimed director and dramaturge Tim Albery (M'dea Undone 2015 Tapestry Opera, Gotterdammerung 2017 Canadian Opera Company) joins Artistic Director Michael Mori and the Tapestry team to guide and mentor participants in opera creation for our time.

Initiated in 1995, LIBLAB is an intensive workshop for composers and writers who wish to explore the collaborative process. Currently, the program attracts participants from Canada, the United States, and the U.K., as well other international participants. It also became the model for the English National Opera Studio’s All-in Opera, as well as Pacific Opera Victoria’s Composer-Librettist Workshop.

LIBLAB provides artists with the opportunity to work with several partners in a short period of time, thereby developing techniques for effective collaboration and also maximizing trial and error over a short period to clarify the most successful techniques and approaches. Throughout the week and a half program, each writer and composer will have the opportunity to work with every one of their counterparts, for one composition each. With mentorship from dramaturges and experienced interpreters, work is performed at the end of each exercise by a resident ensemble of singers and répétiteurs, and then constructively critiqued by the group.

Past LIBLAB participants have included Ann-Marie MacDonald, Atom Egoyan, Nic Gotham, and James Rolfe. Most of Tapestry’s world premieres and many world premieres from like-minded companies have had their start in ideas or partnerships forged at the LibLab.


We are now accepting applications for our 2016 program, which will take place in Toronto from August 1 -16, 2016.  Applications will be accepted online until May 25th, 2016.

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