Opera Presto: 2 composers, 2 writers paired randomly; 2 days to write, rehearse, perform

You could call it instant opera: A New Orleans nonprofit will create and perform a pair of opera scenes with only two days to get from page to stage.

New Fangled Opera calls it Opera Presto — in musical terms, "Opera really, really, fast."

Organization co-founder Chris Burton says two composers and two writers learned Thursday who's working with whom. They got the day to come up with a scene and songs to show it.

Seven singers and two directors get their scores by 9 a.m. Friday. They'll have rapid-fire rehearsals to learn the songs and devise the staging by performance time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of New Orleans.

Burton and his wife, Shelley Burton, created New Fangled Opera in 2012.


Online: http://www.newfangledopera.org/2015-opera-presto-project/