BMP identifies emerging and established composers who experiment, innovate and take artistic risks to evolve opera-theatre and music-theatre into the future. With a focus on the cultivation of the next generation and diversification of the field, BMP serves as a launching pad for the future artistic leaders in the field. Through the commissioning, development, production and touring of new works, BMP aims to expose audiences around the world to relevant contemporary American chamber opera and music-theatre works of the highest caliber.
BMP is an organization that seeks to tell the stories of our time. With each new work we commission, we ask the key question "why this story, why now?" We process and digest hard truths about ourselves and the world through the works we bring to the stage. The nation is grappling with questions of how to rise up against systemic racism, brutality, and oppression.
We stand with our Black colleagues, friends, audiences, artists, and all those who have experienced the vicious history of racism in this country. We stand with those who give voice to the many whose voices have been taken far too soon. And we are looking inwards, asking how we can support those voices in the best way we know -- by giving them a platform through the art we create. While our stages are dark, we must use this moment to ensure that once they reopen, the answer to the question "why this story, why now" is made clear.
Since 2006, Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) has been an industry disruptor and tastemaker at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning, developing, producing and touring the groundbreaking new works of living composers and their collaborators, which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and vocal-theatre. BMP encourages risk-taking and the result is provocative works that represent a dynamic and lasting legacy for a new American canon.
The 2014 bi-coastal expansion to Los Angeles sprang from growing partnerships and relationships with institutions such as LA Opera, the LA Phil, Ford Theatres, Center Theatre Group and RVCC. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season, BMP will have produced 185 performances on 5 continents. BMP’s commitment to cutting edge musical expression has created “its own genre" (Opera News) of originality. In 2013, Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center co-founded the PROTOTYPE Festival, which showcases contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre projects over ten days each January. The New Yorker recently wrote that the festival is “Essential to the evolution of American Opera,” and the New York Times called the festival “Bracingly innovative… a point of reference.”
Always on “the edge of innovation" (Opera News), BMP has developed a trailblazing program, BMP: Next Generation, to identify and foster the next generation of opera composers. This crucial initiative is a prime example of the transformative and boundary-shattering programming for which BMP has been known for over a decade. Other current and upcoming projects include works by composers Ricky Ian Gordon, Ted Hearne, Mary Kouyoumdjian, David T. Little, Zhou Long, Elvis Perkins, Emma O’Halloran, Ellen Reid, Huang Ruo, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Du Yun, and more, with directors Michael Counts, James Darrah, Lee Sunday Evans, Patricia McGregor, Michael Joseph McQuilken, Lydia Steier, and Ashley Tata.
BMP receives lead funding from The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, with additional generous support by the Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, Allen R. & Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera, The Amphion Foundation, the BMI Foundation, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Jana Foundation, The Jewish Communal Fund, The Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc., The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, OPERA America, The Sanders Family Foundation, The Santa Fe Community Trust, The Seattle Foundation, The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Fund, The Howard & Sarah Solomon Foundation, The Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation and The Vera Stern Philanthropic Fund. BMP is a National Sawdust Artist in Residence.