What is exciting about the Composer Fellows’ Initiative this year is that we have the world premiere of four brand new operas written by CU students! Opera is changing and opera is becoming more and more relatable to today’s audiences. And we have new artists, composers, librettist expressing themselves and singers that are getting the opportunity to work with living composers to find out what they really want. So new opera is the wave of the future. To see what young composers think opera in the 21st century can look and sound like that, I think, is so exciting to be a part of.