New York City Opera’s VOX is an exciting opera lab of new works that offers American composers and librettists the opportunity to workshop their works, hearing them performed by a full orchestra and excellent roster of soloists. Every year, VOX presents up to twelve new, previously un-produced works from both emerging and established composers in orchestra readings that are open to the public. For the last half century, New York City Opera has been a leader in the development of American opera. City Opera has an unmatched repertory of American works including those of over 50 American composers and shaped an American aesthetic for opera through the world premieres of more than 25 American operas. To date, the festival has presented excerpts from 70 new operas with more than 30 going on to full productions — four at City Opera and the remainder at other opera companies, including Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theater and the Sante Fe Opera.