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So, You Want to Write An Opera?
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Say that you are a playwright or a theatre composer or a lyricist or a crossover artist who wants to expand their range by creating work in an entirely new venue, reaching out to a new audience that may or may not be familiar with your previous works. Say that you have a story in mind with a larger statement and impact to make than can be done on a postage-stamp-sized stage.

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Michael Korie
Michael Korie

received The Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his lyrics in musicals and librettos in operas. Korie wrote the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for the Broadway productions of War Paint and Grey Gardens, with books by Doug Wright, and the off-Broadway productions of Far From Heaven and Happiness. For opera he adapted Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Korie’s original librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk, a new version of which premiered this season at Opera Theater of Saint Louis.