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Seattle Opera.

Jane Lang
Creation Lab

Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab


Seattle Opera seeks to cultivate the next generation of opera composers and librettists in Washington State through our Creation Lab. Launched in 2020, the Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab presents new operas by Washington State composers and librettists that tell the diverse stories of our region.

Composers, songwriters, librettists, and lyricists of all genres are encouraged to apply to create new operas that tell compelling, resonant stories through vocal music. Selected participants develop 20-minute operas throughout the season that are presented in a concert format for a public audience in Tagney Jones Hall at the Opera Center. Each opera undergoes a development process that includes a table reading, music workshop, and rehearsal prior to the public performance. The participants receive support from professional composers and librettists as they develop their work.

2020/21 Participant performances

The inaugural cohort of composer and librettist teams will have their works streamed on YouTube and here on our website on September 9 and September 10, 2021.

Watch Part 1

Watch Part 2

2021/22 Participants

Daniel Jacob Flores Wolfert (composer)

Daniel J. F. Wolfert

Daniel J. F. Wolfert is a musical theater songwriter, performer and educator based in Tacoma, WA. Drawing from an education in classical music, a lifelong love of pop, and a hefty appetite for literature, his songs live at the musical and lyrical intersection of Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Sara Bareilles. Current projects include the horror mini-musical What We Heard from the City of Asylum and sci fi comedy mini-musical Hijinx & Sue. When not writing musical theater, he can be found teaching voice and piano at Horizon Musical Studio, listening to audiobooks while on a walk, or whipping up something highly improvisatory (and, occasionally, delicious) in the kitchen. He can be found online at and on Instagram as @danielmakesmusic.

Daniel Whitworth (composer)

Daniel Whitworth

Daniel Whitworth (b. 1996) is a Seattle-based composer and saxophonist dedicated to expanding the relevancy and accessibility of contemporary music. Frequently collaborating with dancers, visual artists, and actors, he aims to connect and engage with audiences in unique ways. One of his most recent projects, a concert entitled “Snapshots of America,” explored themes of politics and social justice in contemporary music and reflected Daniel’s passion for music with sociopolitical relevance.

In the summer of 2019, Daniel served as the composer-in-residence at the Lake George Music Festival after his piece Ripples in Infinity won the Lake George Composition Competition. Other recent awards include winning second place in the 2020 American Prize for Instrumental Chamber Music and first prize in the 2018 Frost International Composition Competition. In addition to recently collaborating with groups such as NOW Ensemble, Verdant Vibes, and What Is Noise, Daniel was commissioned by violinist Barbora Kolářová to compose Alma, a piece that explores the haunting story of violinist Alma Rosé through the intersection of solo violin and