The American Center for New Works Development (ACNWD) at Seagle Music Colony was officially introduced to the public in 2017 with the piano-vocal premiere of Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and the workshop of Zach Redler and Jerre Dye’s chamber opera The Falling and the Rising. (We originally mentioned it back in October with our Summer 2017 Season recap.)
Members of the US Army Field Band Soldiers’ Chorus in The Falling and the Rising workshop
Part of the inspiration for this project came from a desire within SMC leadership to utilize the Colony property and resources during the months before and after the summer season, as well as to contribute significantly to the expanding world of new compositions. American opera companies are introducing more new works each season, but each new work had to start somewhere – and that’s where SMC spotted its niche.
“So what is a workshop?”
After a new work has been conceived and composed, its creators need to hear and see what they’ve written down onstage. This process allows them to fine-tune music and text, solve dramatic plot holes, and streamline the overall project with the observation and advice of artistic experts not associated with the project’s inception, including stage directors, opera company administrators, conductors, and of course, singers. [Read more…]