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Opera for All Voices (OFAV) began as a consortium of North American opera companies committed to co-commissioning and co-producing new operatic works for audiences of all ages that bear the same artistic integrity and depth of storytelling as main stage works. Over several years it has grown in its mission to tell "stories of our time." Follow host Andrea Fellows Fineberg from The Santa Fe Opera and OFAV collaborators and stakeholders as we explore the process, the context, and the story of commissioning and producing new operas in America.

Jun 5, 2019

"There's a multi-layered contract from creator to interpreter to audience, and everybody has to actively participate to make a work come to life." ~Laura Kaminsky, composer of Hometown to the World

One of the hallmarks of the Opera for All Voices commissioning process is workshopping the new operas with a team of dedicated artists and a live audience to see what's working and and what needs work. 

In this stage of the development of Hometown to the World (previously known in season 1, episode 6 as Postville), Andrea traveled to San Francisco Opera for a workshop with composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Kimberly Reed. 

OFAV partners Kip Cranna and Ruth Nott joined the conversation with insights into story, structure, music, and what it means to be American, regardless of where you're from.

Hometown to the World will premiere in San Francisco, CA in the fall of 2020.


If you are new to Key Change, season 1, episode 6 is a first introduction to Hometown to the World.


Key Change is a production of The Santa Fe Opera in collaboration with Opera for All Voices.

Produced and edited by Andrea Klunder at The Creative Impostor Studios

Hosts: Andrea Fellows Walters and Brandon Neal

Audio Engineer: Kabby at Kabby Sound Studios in Santa Fe

Theme music by Rene Orth with Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano, and Joe Becktell, cello.

Cover art by David Tousley

Special music licensing from, curated by Brandon Neal.

Special thanks to Uwe Willenbacher, sound engineer at San Francisco Opera for recording this interview session.

OFAV Consortium Members:  Lyric Opera for Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera.

This podcast is made possible due to the generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.  

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