Eric Salzman, CCO’s Composer-in-Residence, Dies at 84

Eric Salzman

Eric Salzman, CCO’s Composer in Residence, died suddenly of a heart attack related to dialysis on November 12, 2017. He served CCO for many years and was a wonderful human being. Our sympathies go to his wife Lorna, and daughters Eva and Stephanie.  As more details are known, we will pass them on.

Hester sold out

CCO’s reading of Hester by Richard Alan While is unfortunately sold out. We are exploring the possibility of adding a second performance and will have an announcement about that by October 2.  As always, thank you for your support.

Center for Contemporary Opera Honored by Arts and Earth Initiative

The Arts + Earth Initiative was created by the Gordon Getty family in 2017 as a funding model to support exemplary charities who are making a difference in the two philanthropic areas of chief interest to the family: the arts and the environment. For the inaugural event on September 16, 2017, the Initiative selected both Earthjustice and The Center for Contemporary Opera as dual beneficiaries of all net proceeds.

A gala benefit was held at the Odette Winery in Napa Valley and featured Jennifer Hudson, Federica Von Stade, Carl Lumbly, Susan Graham, and Jake Heggie. Much joy was had by all who attended. We are very grateful to the Arts and Earth Initiative as well as the Getty family.

Tickets Now on Sale for Hester by Richard Alan White

Tickets are now in sale for Hester by Richard Alan White. This takes place at the National Opera Center on Oct 12 at 8pm and a complimentary wine reception follows. We have a great cast and creative team in place plus the story behind this work is quite unusual. It is not everyday we present a work by an 82 teal old emerging composer! For more details, please visit our Season page and for tickets, please visit:

The Center for Contemporary Opera announces its historic 35th season!

The Center for Contemporary Opera, the oldest company in the world solely devoted to the development and production of modern operas, has announced its 35th season. We begin by offering the East Coast premiere of two significant works by Gordon Getty, one of America’s  foremost composers, Usher House and The Canterville Ghost.  This will be followed by readings of two works in progress, Purewater by Andrew Rudin and Ann McCutchan and Hester by Richard Alan White. In the new year,  we will present To Be Sung by the esteemed French composer, Pascal Dusapin,  “Backwards from Winter“, a monodrama by Douglas Knehans and a final work in progress, “Swan’s Inlet” by Mark Alan Taggert and Ann McCutchan.  Please join us!

CCO’s 34th Festival Season Was A Success

Thank you to all for making CCO’s 34th Festival Season a great success. We mounted five productions within three weeks and hosted appreciative audiences. The excellent reviews are in from the NY Times,  Wall Street Journal, Superconductor,  (Q) on Stage, and with more coming from Opera News, Opera (London), The New Criterion, and Opernwelt (Berlin) among others.

Thank you as always for your support and we look forward to seeing you next season.

CCO’s 2016 Festival off to an auspicious start!

CCO’s 2016 Festival off to an auspicious start!

CCO’s 2016 Festival is off to an auspicious start, with two completed productions that were critically successful and wonderfully well attended. Just ask Anthony Tomassini of the New York Times, who called our first two productions “vivid,” “daring,” and “compelling” in his review.

Audiences can continue to explore the rest of our compelling offerings in our three final productions: Sweat by Juliet Palmer / Anna Chatterton presented in collaboration with National Sawdust on October 26th and 27th, Love Hurts by Nicola Moro / Lisa Hilton at Symphony Space on October 28th at Symphony Space, and Cassandra Ground Zero by Eric Salzman / Eva Salzman at the Cell Theater on November 2nd.

We hope you will join us for one of these exciting programs, and thank you for your continued support!