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24-Hour Opera Project

The Atlanta Opera is proud to present the fourth annual 24-Hour Opera Project® - a creative science project where Verdi meets reality TV!

Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write an opera scene. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to participating stage directors, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have eight hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 24 hours after the project begins.

Free 24-Hour Opera Project® Showcase!
Saturday, November 2 @ 8:00 P.M.
14th Street Playhouse

This event is free, but registration is required.
Register here >>

Who will be participating?
Composers, lyricists, stage directors and singers. High school students (grades 9-12) with theater experience as stage managers.

What are we talking about?
Compositions and performances will be judged by a panel of judges as well as the audience. Prizes will be awarded to the judge’s choice and audience favorite. No travel, housing, or per diem provided. No cash prizes awarded.

See the craziness for yourself! Check out news coverage, photos, and videos from last year’s 24-Hour Opera Project®!
Watch the Webcast >>
See Photos >>
Watch Confession Cam Footage >>
Read Press Coverage >>

Where will the event take place?
The 24-Hour Opera Project® kick-off event, composing, and rehearsing will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The showcase performance will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center’s 14th Street Playhouse. Admission to the performance is FREE and is open to the public.

When will this happen?
  Friday, November 1
  Kick-off event @ 5PM
  Compositions begin @ 6PM

  Saturday, November 2 
  Final compositions are turned in @ 6AM
  Rehearsals begin @ 8:45AM
  FREE Showcase performance @ 8PM - at the 14th Street Playhouse
  Click here to make your FREE reservation >>

Why are we subjecting ourselves to such madness?
Because we’re crazy! (And we want everyone to see how cool opera is!)

Still have questions? Give us a call at 404-881-8885 or email

The Fine Print:
Compositions must be 7-10 minutes in length, written and performed in English, scored for 4 singers with piano, and composed around a specific theme (top secret until November 1!). Pre-existing compositions will not be eligible. Composition teams will be paired randomly and assigned cast pre-selected by Atlanta Opera staff, compositions will be assigned to stage directors randomly. Submission of application in any category does not guarantee participation. Artists may apply in more than one discipline, but will be invited to participate in only one discipline. Applicants selected to participate will be notified by October 1.

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