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!

CCO Announces Its 34th Season

The Center for Contemporary Opera’s 2016 season taking place this October will showcase four operas — two world premieres and two US premieres — to be staged in various venues throughout New York.

For details see our Season page.

Jorinde Keesmaat named Guest Director in Residence

Dutch director Jorinde Keesmaat has been named CCO’s first Guest Director in Residence. Supported by a €85,000 grant by the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund, Ms. Keesmaat will direct four operas over the course of the next three years. Her first project will be a double-bill of works from the esteemed Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen; Anais Nin and Odysseus Women which will take place in October 2016.

Ms. Keesmaat is director of the Concertgebouw Tracks series and has recently directed at Opéra national de Montpellier. She graduated from the College of Arts theatre direction department and her graduation performance The Honey Makers was shown at the Vital Theatre in New York.

For more information, please visit this link:

Welcome, Jorinde!

CCO Receives NEA Grants

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement are Art Works awards of $14,000 to the Center for Contemporary Opera and $10,000 in support of a collaboration between Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

This first grant will specifically support our October 2016 production of two works by the esteemed Dutch composer Louis Andriessen; Anais Nin and Odysseus’ Women conducted by Neal Goren and directed by Jorinde Keesmat.

The second grant was awarded to Brevard Music Center for the premiere of Falling Angel by composer J. Mark Scearce and librettist Lucy Thurber. Supported by a commission funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the co-production between Brevard’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera will be the first collaboration by the two organizations. Students of the summer institute and festival will have the opportunity to work alongside professional creative and performing artists for the production.

We are very appreciative to the National Endowment of the Arts for their generous support.

Black Water and Falling Man Sold Out

The April 29th double-bill of Black Water and Falling Man is sold out. Let us encourage you to purchase your tickets now for our next event, Wild Beast of the Bungalow by Rachel Peters and Royce Vavrek. Tickets are selling fast and it is very likely that this will be sold out as well. Thank you for your patronage!