Gotham Chamber Opera

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January 30, 2014


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Gotham Chamber Opera and
the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation

Announce the Creation of the

Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2014


Gotham Chamber Opera and the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation announce the inaugural cycle of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music, a competitive prize awarded to a composer to support the creation of a new work for voice and chamber ensemble.  For more information and to apply for this commissioning award, visit  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.


The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music will be a bi-annual award of $15,000 to a composer for the creation of a new work for voice and chamber ensemble of between 3 and 10 acoustic instruments (some guidelines will apply) and between 15 and 30 minutes in length. Given the inherent challenges of writing idiomatically for the human voice, a goal of the competition is to successfully enlarge the repertoire of works for voice and instruments. The prizewinner’s completed work will be premiered under the aegis of Gotham Chamber Opera.

The application is open to composers, emerging and established, over 21 years of age and residing in the United States. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014. During the first phase, applications will be evaluated according to their adherence to the guidelines. In the second phase, the review committee will hear all approved submissions and select finalists to present to the jury. During the third phase, the jury will evaluate the finalists’ selections and award a prize to one composer.

After the award winner is announced, on August 1, 2014, the composer will have nine months to complete the new work. The premiere will be performed by a singer and instrumentalists associated with Gotham Chamber Opera within a year of the work’s completion. Gotham Chamber Opera Artistic Director Neal Goren will be available to consult with the composer on questions pertaining to vocal writing during the process of composition. Limited assistance will be available to secure rights for published texts, if needed. A travel allowance will be provided for composers residing outside New York City to help with costs of attending the rehearsals and premiere of the award-winning work.


Catherine Doctorow was a serious and prolific painter whose work, in a contemporary idiom, flourished in the 1950s and '60s. The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music is the third of three major recurring prizes to be established by her family and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation to honor and perpetuate Doctorow's love of innovative literary fiction, the visual arts, and music.


Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation

The Mission of the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation is to nurture individuals and communities through the support of arts and mental health programs. The Foundation's Funding Philosophy is to support projects that focus on the provision of mental health services as well as organizations focused on performance, literary, and visual arts. JCDFF funds organizations that maintain a standard of excellence throughout the range of their work.


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Introducting Meet the Artists, a new blog series which will allow you a more in depth look at the artists performing with Gotham Chamber Opera. This edition will feature the singers of our upcoming production Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda /I Have No Stories to Tell You, presented February 26th and 27th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton is perhaps best known for her assumption of the title role of Carmen throughout the world. She is also celebrated for her performances of Handel and Strauss signature trouser roles as well as her mastery of contemporary music of John Adams, Daniel Catán, Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho, and many others. She made her debut with Gotham Chamber Opera in the title role of Sutermiester's Die schwarze Spinne in 2004, and you can watch a short scene from that production here:

For more information about Beth Clayton visit


This season baritone Craig Verm makes his debut at Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-juku Festival in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro as Count Almaviva, and joins Nashville Opera as Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheur de perles (The Pearl Fishers). Mr. Verm will also return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Glass’ the CIVIL WarS, and Pittsburgh Opera as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  Craig Verm first appeared with Gotham Chamber Opera in 2010 as the Miller in El gato con botas.

For more information visit


Last season tenor Samuel Levine made his debut with Gotham Chamber Opera in Cavalli's Eliogabalo. Later this season, he joins Houston Grand Opera for the world premiere of Jack Perla's River of Light. The following clip of Mr. Levine singing " The Ride" from Britten's Rape of Lucretia.

For more information about Sam Levine visit


Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer has previously appeared with Gotham Chamber Opera at Le Poisson Rouge. Ms. Fischer starred in Missy Mazzoli's multi-media opera Song from the Uproar, written for her and the NOW Ensemble and released on CD by New Amsterdam Records.She has also worked with Nico Muhly (Dark Sisters). The following selection is from Nico Muhly's Mothertongue featuring Ms. Fischer.

For more information about Abigail Fischer visit


Last season, soprano Sarah Tucker covered the role of Atilia in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. This season Ms. Tucker will be a Marcello Giordani young artist at Crested Butte Music Festival, a semi-finalist in the Met Opera National Council Auditions, and she will appear as Tina in Jonathon Dove’s Flight with Opera Fayetteville.


Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway previously appeared with Gotham Chamber Opera in Il mondo della luna. The following clip features Ms. Calloway performing Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 (Gestillte Sehnsucht) at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. 

For more information about Rachel Calloway visit


This season performer and designer Ryan Howell assists on the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and designs the New York premiere of Martin Crimp’s version of Ferdinand Bruckner’s The Pains of Youth with the Cake Shop Theatre Company. For more information on his current project Pains of Youth visit



Be sure to catch this dynamic cast in Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda /I Have No Stories to Tell You on February 26th and 27th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Purchase your tickets on-line:

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm

Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm


Next week we will introduce you to the creative team of this exciting double-bill. Stay tuned!

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