This morning Opera Parallèle announced that the company has received a grant of $15,000 through the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The award has been extended to support the production of the North American premiere of Anya17. As has already been observed, this will be the final production of Opera Parallèle’s 2013–2014 season. This is the first time the company has received NEA support, making it, in the words of Executive Director Tod Brody, “a significant milestone.”
Anya17 was written by British composer Adam Gorb with a libretto by Ben Kaye. It was given its world premiere in Liverpool on March 7, 2012 in a performance by Ensemble 10/10, the contemporary music group of musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The narrative, which is about the brutal realities of modern slavery and human trafficking, was staged by Caroline Clegg. It was then performed last October, given its Romanian premiere by the National Opera of Timişoara. The following month it received a fully-staged German premiere at the Kammerspiele des Meininger Theater, where it will remain in repertoire through this coming February. The Opera Parallèle production, which will take place this coming June, is currently the work’s next scheduled performance.