Did you know that there's a National Opera Week? There is, and it's Oct. 29-Nov. 7.
For National Opera Week, the Atlanta Opera is hosting the 24-Hour Opera Project. It's set up just like the 24-Hour Film Project and the 24-Hour Play Project.
So right now, the Atlanta Opera is looking for singers, composers, lyricists and stage directors. All you have to do is go to the Atlanta Opera website at http://www.atlantaopera.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=43245957 and fill out one of the application forms. You have until 5 p.m. Oct. 15 to complete your application.
The 24-Hour Opera Project is Nov. 6-7 at Georgia State University.
What happens is the applications will be put into four piles — singers, composers, lyricists and stage directors.
A composer and lyricist will be paired at random. They have 12 hours to compose an opera. It has to be an original piece and be scored for a soprano, mezzo, tenor and bass. Oh, they'll have a random theme that they'll get when they're paired up.
Then a stage director will be chosen, again at random, for a finished opera. They'll pick a cast from the stack of singers' applications. And they'll have eight hours to rehearse.
And they'll perform the opera that night.
A panel of judges will decide the winners in Best Use of Props, Most Diva-Licious, Best Death Scene and Best Overall Competition.
To learn more about National Opera Week, go to http://www.operaamerica.org/content/advocacy/now.aspx
If you have any questions, call 404-881-8801.