Thompson Street Opera Company announces
Call For Scores
for the 2020-2021 season!

Chicago’s home for “stellar performances,” “tight, intricate, and polished” instrumental work, and “consistently solid interpretations” of new works (Chicago Classical Review) is looking to fill yet another vibrant season of operas. Thompson Street Opera Company exclusively produces the works of living composers, lovingly staged in intimate venues with exceptional singing-actors. The company has a particular interest in presenting works that engage with contemporary issues in nuanced and human ways, works by composers in underrepresented groups, and works that have been performed two or fewer times. 

The company prefers works that:

  • have relatively small casts, preferably with no chorus 

  • use small instrumental ensembles (under 10 players) OR are conceived for piano

  • are under 2 hours in length 

  • do not involve body mics or other amplification needs

  • will come directly from the composer as opposed to through a publisher or agency

The company welcomes submissions of evening-length and one-act works on any theme. 

In addition, the company seeks works under 25 minutes in length for inclusion on the winter “Faulty Systems” program, a multi-disciplinary event that brings together artists and activists, organized around a particular social justice theme. Works that highlight an issue of national or international importance will be strong contenders for this particular event. 

Please send the following by email to, with the subject line “Opera Submission for 2020-2021 Season”, before November 1st, 2019:

  • A brief cover letter introducing yourself and your work

  • A longer bio and/or CV as an attachment

  • A PDF of the full score and piano vocal score (if available)

  • A separate document (either PDF or word doc) of the libretto

  • Any recording that is currently available of the work (midi acceptable if no other options exist)

Please do not use a file-sharing service that has an expiration date on downloads; we recommend google drive or dropbox as alternatives.

Following an initial review by the Artistic Director, Music Director, and other staff, a collection of 5-8 finalist works will be presented in an open event attended by the Chicago opera community. Following a period of public score review and an audio sample of each work, the community will vote on their favorite works. Votes will be tallied and a final private deliberation will be made by the Artistic Director and Music Director before a live announcement of the season. All composers will be contacted at the time that finalists are chosen. Works not chosen as finalists will be put into the company archive for possible review for future seasons.