Founded in 2021 by director-librettist Max Hoehn, Opera21’s mission is to commission a series of new operas-in-progress and showcase them online through an exciting offering of musical extracts, downloadable libretti and behind-the-scenes interviews.
Composers and librettists only exist on the margins of today’s opera industry. In a post-pandemic world, we urgently need new stories and new commissioning models.
In steps Opera21, a small, artist-led outfit that aims to collaborate with some of the most exciting and imaginative composers working today. We concentrate on the crucial phases of libretto-writing, commissioning and showcasing musical extracts before working towards finding partners to produce a fully-staged world premiere.
The Marchus Trust
Anne & Kitty Vagi
Doris Fanconi & Jurg Lehmann
Esther Schoellkopf Steiger
& three anonymous donors