In collaboration with Creative Juices Opera

The opera world will always have its favourite and most cherished pieces but there is always room for new innovations that keep opera evolving and reflective of the society that it seeks to engage. Random Opera is passionate about inspiring creative talent and hopes to deliver new and exciting works to the public.

With these goals in mind, Random Opera is proud to present the first New Works Competition, in collaboration with Creative Juices, that will see an upcoming composer have their work performed live on stage, recorded for online viewing, and win a £1000 cash prize.

The brief:

A short opera in English for 3-6 voices and piano, of between 15-20 minutes in duration.


We want the opera to tell a story that resonates with society today – but beyond that you are free to find your inspiration. 

The Prize

A cash prize of £1,000, paid on completion of the composition.

The composition will be performed by Random Opera Company, and also recorded for online viewing.

The Judges:

Sir David Pountney has forged a career spanning over 45 years and has a wealth of experience as a director of opera and as the artistic director of many leading opera houses, including the Welsh National Opera from 2011-2019. His productions have been pioneering and have earned him a great number of honours and accolades across the world. As part of a shared vision to keep developing new works and establish best practices for delivering a great creative idea to the stage, Creative Juices was formed.
Martyn Brabbins is a British conductor and is Music Director of the English National Opera. He is an inspirational force on the British music scene and has had a hugely varied and dynamic career for many years working at La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt, as well as being a guest conductor for many of the top international orchestras. He is particularly known for his advocacy of British composers and has conducted hundreds of world premieres all over the globe.
Claire Rutter is regarded as one of the finest sopranos in the world. She has performed leading roles in houses including English National Opera, Sydney Opera House and Santa Fe Opera. She has performed a varied repertoire in her long and successful career, but is most renowned for her portrayals of the bel canto and romantic heroines such as Bellini’s Norma, Verdi’s Violetta and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. She is known to be a real vocal artist displaying a voice with a wide and varied palate of colours that give her interpretations true dramatic intensity.

Competition requirements:

  • A summary (of no more than two pages) of the proposed story that you want to tell, describing the characters and themes, and intended musical style. Summaries should be sent as pdf documents.
  • A recording of a previous composition that is – as far as possible – stylistically similar to your proposal. This can be submitted as a performed recording (video or audio), or as a playthrough from composition software.
  • Existing compositions can be submitted, providing that they have not been previously recorded or performed.
  • The deadline for entries is 31 July 2021.
  • Submissions should be sent to

The Small Print:

  • Winners will be announced on the Random Opera website and social media on 21 August 2021
  • The winning composition must be completed by 31 October 2021.
  • Prize monies will not be released until the composition is provided to Random Opera in Vocal Score format.
  • The winning composition will be recorded and released by Random Opera no later than 31 March 2022.
  • Copyright will remain with the composer, but Random Opera will retain the right to use the composition for its own performances in the future.