Operation Opera is a 4-day intensive festival where the Four Corners Ensemble will premiere 8 new chamber operas. This year, Half of the operas were selected from our call for scores, and half of the operas were referred by our collaborator,  the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Learn more about the winners and their operas here.




Operation opera

May 24-27, 2018




Oriol Sans

Music Director & Conductor

Associate Director of Orchestras

Assistant Professor, Conducting Department

School of Music, Theatre & Dance - University of Michigan


Shuying Li

Artistic Director

Composer-in-Residence, American Lyric Theater

Artistic Director, the Four Corners Ensemble

Siyuan Li

Vocal Coach & Pianist

Collaborative Pianist, University of Michigan

Adjunct Faculty, Jackson College

Pianist with the Khemia and the Four Corners Ensemble

Erzhan Xu

Operations Manager

Executive Director, the Four Corners Ensemble

Founder and Chief Director, the Opus 1 International Music Festival



Zhen Qin

Media Manager

Composer/Arranger for Film/TV

Photographer/Sound Engineer

Marco Antonio Bertuccelli

Assistant Media Manager, Opertaion Intern

B.M. in Music Composition

B.M. in Music Theory

B.S. in Computer Science

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Merryl Neille

Judging Panel & Flutist

Principal Flute with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Adjunct Faculty at Jackson College

Flutist with Four Corners Ensemble



Joshua Anderson

Judging Panel & Clarinetist

Assistant Professor at University of Neveda-Reno

Principle Clarinet with Dearborn Symphony Orchestra

Clarinetist with Four Corners Ensemble




Seohee Min

Judging Panel & Violinist

First Violin Section with Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Violinist with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (2016-2018)

Violinist with Four Corners Ensemble

Richard Narroway

Judging Panel & Cellist

Cellist with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (2016-2018)

Cellist with Four Corners Ensemble

Chelsea Gallo

Guest Conductor

Music Director, U-M Life Science Orchestra

Back Pocket Duo

Ensemble in Residence

We're thrilled that Annie Jeng and Colin McCall of the Back Pocket Duo are joining us to perform in the operas as well as to present operas/excerpts arranged/written for them!

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Operation Opera is supported in part through funding from the Confucius Institute, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund


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