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New DG Best Practice: Model Billing Provision for Opera

The Dramatists Guild has observed that opera companies in the 21st century have been trying to grow their audiences and develop their art form beyond the presentation of revivals of the established canon of works. To do so, some companies are commissioning a wider array of contemporary playwrights to write original libretti for new operas.  Due to the ongoing efforts of the Guild, when playwrights have written the books for new stage musicals, they have been given authorial rights (...
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Librettists on Libretti

DEBORAH BREVOORT:  Today is a bit of a historical event. It’s the first ever webinar about opera sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, so thank you to the Guild for this. Today’s panel is composed entirely of librettists. To kick off our discussion, let me ask our panelists: why do you write opera? Sandra, what attracts you to the form? SANDRA SEATON:  Maybe I was attracted to the form before I knew I was attracted to it. When I was a little girl, my...
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August Craft Webinars: So You Want to Write an Opera

Join us this August for two  webinars on the craft of writing opera! Librettist/Playwrights Roundtable on AUGUST 10 Eastern Time: 3pm Central Time: 2pm Mountain Time: 1pm Pacific Time: 12pm Moderated by Deborah Brevoort Featuring: Mark Campbell Stephanie Fleischmann David Henry Hwang E.M. Lewis Sandra Seaton Playwrights, librettists, and lyricists from both...

2021 Update from the Opera Committee

Download the Video Transcript   Video Transcript: "Michael Korie: Greetings. I’m Michael Korie. Together with Mark Campbell, I cochair the Dramatists Guild Opera Committee. 
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Opera Writers Symposium: February 27- April 24

Several members of the Dramatists Guild Opera Committee will be participating in American Lyric Theater's upcoming Opera Writers Symposium. This event, which runs from Saturday, February 27 to Saturday, April 24, will be a free, eight-week, virtual symposium on writing for the opera stage. Drawing on different facets of American Lyricist Theater’s...

Credit The Librettist

Credit the Librettist: Conversations with Today’s Opera Makers is a new film by The Dramatists Guild of America Opera Committtee’s Librettists Initiative, featuring interviews with leading opera composers and librettists, including Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, Ricky Ian Gordon, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Craig Lucas, David T.
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Opera Committee: Librettists Initiative

The Opera Committee of the Dramatists Guild Council needs your assistance in launching an important new initiative. In recent years, the production of new operas has dramatically increased around the country, making the role of the librettist more important than ever. However, our members have reported to us that, despite the growing importance of the librettist, the business practices that have plagued opera writers for generations are acting as an obstacle to attracting and...