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The House Commission 2022


What work needs to be written now?


The House is seeking expressions of interest from established Australian woman composers for a commission of an Original Contemporary Opera. 


This commission is an exciting opportunity for a woman composer to create an Original Contemporary Opera that will be developed by The House that Dan Built in 2022. This program supports the development of new works composed by women and champions the importance of women’s voices being heard within the arts. The House successfully launched this program in 2021 with the commission of Bagatelle by Sally Whitwell.


The successful applicant will be commissioned in 2022, to develop and compose an original contemporary opera in collaboration with The House Performance Ensemble and Artistic Director Danielle O’Keefe. This work is to be made for the Performance Ensemble, made up of twelve young women aged 14­–28 and up to three professional artists.

The composer will receive an artist's fee of $10,000, and support from The House throughout the development and creation of the work. The House will perform a showing of this work in 2022, building to a premiere production season in 2023, contingent on funding.

Submission details

Please submit all applications via email to

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page proposal outlining a dream project. This should include what form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes, and ideas driving the work, as well as details of proposed artistic and technical collaborators. Share your dream with us!


Your application should include:

  • Name, contact number, email

  • One page proposal

  • One page curriculum vitae of previous work

  • Support material (max 10 images/sound links/video files/website links labelled "Title, Media, Year")​


Applications close at 11:59pm on FRIDAY August 13, 2021. Discussions with applicants will happen in the following week and a public announcement will be made Sept 10th.

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