Call for Submissions
Librettos for 10-minute operas
Boston Opera Collaborative seeks submissions of librettos for 10-minute operas to be developed during the 2020-21 season and performed during our 2021-22 season.
BOC will select up to six librettists to participate in a staged reading and workshop of their works in December 2020. Following the workshop, librettists will revise their works and partner with composers to prepare first drafts of compositions for a workshop performance in April 2020.
Submission deadline: November 15, 2020
Submission fee: none
Submission format: Librettists may submit a completed libretto or a partial libretto with notes that outline the story. Partial librettos must be at least 50% complete and provide a strong sense of the writer’s style. Please include in your submission:
Title of the work
A brief synopsis
A breakdown of characters
Rights: Librettists retain rights to their original work.
Length: Librettos should not exceed 900 words (character names and stage directions excepted)
Selection criteria: Librettos must be in English. BOC will give preference to librettos that:
Feature smaller casts – 2 to 4 characters is preferable
Help address issues of equity in casting and artistic opportunities
Tell contemporary stories
Speak to relevant social themes
Treat subject matter with poignancy and humor
Commission fee: Librettists whose work is selected for development will receive a $500 stipend.
How to submit: Librettos may be sent to