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Summary:Opera Opportunity
Deadline: 08 May 2017
Date Posted: 12 April 2017
Details: Second Movement is pleased to announce a call for proposals for

rough for opera #16 | 09.10.17 | The Cockpit

Applications close at 6pm on 8th May 2017


About | rough for opera #16

rough for opera is a platform for new opera, curated and produced by Second Movement.

rough for opera is a scratch night: it’s particularly suited to new work receiving a first test performance and to showings of work in development. An important part of each rough for opera is for participants to receive feedback about their work at an early stage in its development. This is obtained in two ways, through audience feedback forms and through the Q and A after each performance.

rough for opera takes place at The Cockpit Theatre in London, SW8 8EH

The first rough for opera was in October 2011. Since then it has platformed more than 40 new operas and operas in development. You can find further information about all past events, participants and works programmed on this site.

Who can apply?

We welcome proposals for new opera and voice based work for the stage from composers, librettists, directors, performers or any other opera makers at any stage in their careers.

New proposals from previous applicants are welcome.

Guidance for Proposals

Works must be previously unperformed and between 10 and 30 minutes duration.

You can apply with either a complete work or extracts.

Your work can be in development: rough for opera is a great place to try out new ideas.

Works must be previously unperformed and between 10 and 30 minutes duration.

rough for opera is an opportunity to present your work in a theatrical context. We encourage participants to make use of the facilities and technical support available at the Cockpit for their performance and will ask you to let us know about your ideas for staging your work at rough for opera in your proposal. There is more information about this in the section How to Apply below.

You must be available in London on 9th October, the day of the performance.

Please note proposals for concert performances are not eligible for this Call for Proposals.

Three proposals will be programmed for presentation on 9th October 2017.

What’s provided?

*The Cockpit Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH, a black box studio theatre with a large 9msq performance area in thrust layout.

*2 hour technical rehearsal in venue with technician and stage manager before evening performance.

*A piano, music stands and music stand lights.

*Full use of Cockpit’s technical facilities (including lighting, sound and video) with support of The Cockpit’s in house technician. The Cockpit’s tech spec is here

*publicity and ticket sales.

*tailored support and guidance from Second Movement to help you realise your aims for your performance and feedback after your performance.

* All performances and q and a’s are filmed for your future use.


Each participant receives financial support of £300 toward performance expenses eg performer travel, instrument hire, rehearsal space, (payable after the event on receipt of relevant invoices).

Performers and Additional Rehearsals

Please note participants are responsible for sourcing and managing their own performers and arranging their own additional rehearsal time and space.

How to Apply

Send the following to

Proposal: On one PDF Document please

*A 200 word max outline of your work to include synopsis, details of performer forces and how you think you and your work would benefit from taking part in rough for opera.

*A 100 word max outline of your ideas for a simple staging of your piece at rough for opera.

notes: We’re interested in how you plan to use your performers and the stage and theatre facilities to tell your piece’s story. You might include some ideas for simple lighting, costumes or small props. Previous directing experience is not necessary and you do not need to have a director or designer in your team to apply. Our aim is for you to explore the potential for your work on the stage. Guidance will be available throughout the process to support you in developing and realizing your ideas.

*A 200 word max composer biog. Please include details (where applicable) of any previous works for the stage and/or previous experience of staging your work.

*weblinks and any passwords needed to 3 examples of your work (e.g. soundcloud/vimeo/youtube: audio or video, no files please) and where available to include at least one piece for voice.

*A 100 word max biog for your company (if you have one) or of the main person making your application if not a composer.

*Names and contact details of 2 referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified week beginning 22nd May and invited to interview (London/Skype) during week beginning 5th June.

No scores or music files please at this stage.

We will contact you if we need any further information.


Applications open 24th March.

Applications close 6pm 8th May.

Shortlisted applicants notified week beginning 22nd May

Shortlisted applicants’ interviews (in London / skype) week beginning 5th June.

Decisions by 19th June.

If you have any queries before making an application please contact us at

Please note we are unable to advise on the suitability of or provide feedback on individual proposals.