BMP: Next Generation is a new initiative to discover the next generation of music-theatre and opera-theatre compositional voices. Aspiring composers from coast to coast have submitted their vocal works and BMP has curated an evening at Brooklyn's National Sawdust of works by ten up-and-coming composers. Contemporaneous provides its orchestral forces for the BMP: Next Generation concert. The complete three-year program will result in the commission, development, and World Premiere production of a new work by one selected composer.

Round One: Applicants will submit vocal works to BMP per guidelines below. Ten composers will be selected to have their work performed at National Sawdust on March 17, 2018 for a panel of luminary professionals.

Round Two: A panel of industry professionals will choose two composers from the round one selectees. Those two composers will be commissioned by BMP to write a 30-minute song-cycle, one-act opera, or other vocal work.  These works will be premiered in concert form at National Sawdust in the 2018-2019 season.

Round Three: BMP will select one of the two showcased composers to receive a full evening-length opera commission, to be developed, produced, premiered and toured by BMP. 


  • The composer must be still in school, or within four years of graduating from any degree granting program (undergraduate, Masters or PhD).

  • The composer must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident or currently matriculating on a student visa.

  • The composer must not have previously been commissioned by a US Opera Company

  • The composer must be available March 12-17, 2018 to be in New York City for the performance. Beth Morrison Projects will provide travel and housing to those selected.


Submission Requirements

  • The composer must complete the application (link below) including: a letter of recommendation, a bio, a full score of the work, libretto of the work, and recording of the work.

  • The submitted work must be a vocal work, either a stand alone song or an aria or other piece from a larger work.

  • The work must be no longer than 10 minutes

  • The work may not require more than 6 singers and 8 instrumentalists.

  • The work must have been written within the last 5 years.

  • We will accept live or midi recordings (live recording strongly preferred) in online form (soundcloud, youtube, vimeo, etc).

  • Composer must have proof that all underlying rights to the work are secured, if applicable.

  • Submit no later than October 25, 2017.



BMP: Next Generation is funded in part by an Opera America Innovation Grant, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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