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Call for Submissions

Librettos for 10-minute operas


Boston Opera Collaborative seeks submissions of librettos for 10-minute operas to be developed during the 2020-21 season and performed during our 2021-22 season. 


BOC will select up to six librettists to participate in a staged reading and workshop of their works in December 2020. Following the workshop, librettists will revise their works and partner with composers to prepare first drafts of compositions for a workshop performance in April 2020.


Submission deadline: November 15, 2020


Submission fee: none


Submission format: Librettists may submit a completed libretto or a partial libretto with notes that outline the story. Partial librettos must be at least 50% complete and provide a strong sense of the writer’s style. Please include in your submission:

  1. Title of the work

  2. A brief synopsis 

  3. A breakdown of characters

  4. A resume


Rights: Librettists retain rights to their original work.


Length: Librettos should not exceed 900 words (character names and stage directions excepted)


Selection criteria: Librettos must be in English. BOC will give preference to librettos that:

  • Feature smaller casts – 2 to 4 characters is preferable

  • Help address issues of equity in casting and artistic opportunities

  • Tell contemporary stories

  • Speak to relevant social themes

  • Treat subject matter with poignancy and humor


Commission fee: Librettists whose work is selected for development will receive a $500 stipend.

How to submit: Librettos may be sent to

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