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Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to support and educate composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

Our core programming addresses three areas of activities:

  • EiO supports composers through development workshops and performance opportunities driven by the composers’ ideas and direction.
  • EiO builds community through meaningful partnerships with ensembles, media outlets and presenting organizations.
  • EiO helps to share new operas developed through its programs with a broader audience through advocacy efforts including video materials, contextual writings and robust public programs.


Co-Founded in Brooklyn in 2010 by composers Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch and Jason Cady, Experiments in Opera has produced thirty new operas in four years, collaborating with over one hundred performers, designers and directors from the New York City artists community.  During that time we have produced events at Roulette and Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, as well as at Le Poisson Rouge and Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan. 

We believe that the core strengths of our vision are our focus on composers as the visionaries of 21st Century opera and a modified definition of opera as a medium to tell stories through music.  We are interested in artists who have unusual stories to tell, and embrace the diversity of their life and musical experiences.


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