The Coronavirus emergency left the landscape for the arts gloomy, but Guerilla Opera’s thirteenth season had successes which propelled the company into a new era of female leadership and artistry. Guerilla Opera’s composers are equally winning. With seven works in development, many smaller projects, and new digital programming, the company’s fans and supporters have a lot to look forward to in future seasons.
Composer Awards and Distinctions
On July 26, 2020 OPERA America announced that composer Emily Koh and Guerilla Opera received an award from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers: Commissioning Grants program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This award is to directly commission the creation and support the premiere of her first evening length opera, HER:alive|un|dead: a media opera.
The OPERA America adjudication panel, professionals on the panel included Andrea Clearfield, composer; Osvaldo Golijov, composer; Lillian Groag, playwright, theater director and actress; Timothy Long, pianist