Alumni Happenings

ABRAHAM IN FLAMES (workshop reading)
Sep
30
to Oct 4

ABRAHAM IN FLAMES (workshop reading)

Music by ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV*
Libretto by NILOUFAR TALEBI*

Abraham in Flames is a “Künstlersoper,” an opera of the formative years and spiritual education of artists. The original parable is inspired by Niloufar coming of age around the iconic Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou and the staggering imagery in his work, paintings of the Garden of Gethsemane, Trials by Fire, and more.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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 THE SCREAMS OF KITTY GENOVESE (Concert Performance)
Oct
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

THE SCREAMS OF KITTY GENOVESE (Concert Performance)

Music by WILL TODD
Libretto by DAVID SIMPATICO*

On a chilly, March evening in 1964, a young woman was brutally murdered outside her Queens apartment building while nearly 40 witnesses drew their curtains and locked their doors, instead of offering to help. That woman was Kitty Genovese. Her story has fascinated the public for decades, resulting in books, documentaries and even a musical.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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THE LONG WALK
Jan
20
to Jan 28

THE LONG WALK

Music by JEREMY HOWARD BECK*
Libretto by STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN*

Based on the Book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by BRIAN CASTNER.

The Long Walk is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq, where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Upon returning from the war, Brian battles what he calls “the Crazy” as he struggles to reintegrate into his family life.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME
Jan
25
to Jan 30

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

Music by GERALD COHEN
Libretto by DEBORAH BREVOORT*

In this intimate opera, Cohen and Brevoort tell the true story of a group of Dutch Jews who are deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the last year of World War II. Surrounded by horrors of the Holocaust, Jaap and Manja Polak’s already fragile marriage dissolves as he turns his attentions to Ina Soep. The love that Jaap and Ina share helps sustain them through the daily challenges of concentration camp life as they secretly pass love letters to each other. As librettist Deborah Brevoort so beautifully states, “It was a simple story, to be sure – of ordinary breakfasts, and butter for bread – but it nevertheless held great power and ultimately enabled them to survive. When everything is taken away, only the essential remains.”

* Alum of the CLDP.

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JFK
Jan
27
to Feb 1

JFK

Music by DAVID T. LITTLE
Libretto by ROYCE VAVREK*

JFK by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek is a co-commission between Fort Worth Opera, American Lyric Theater, and Opéra de Montréal that premiered at FWOpera in the 2016 Festival Season. The work explores the final twelve hours of the 35th president’s life and time spent in Fort Worth, Texas. The opera marks the first joint project for the writing team following their critically acclaimed chamber opera Dog Days (2012).

"Sensitively written, beautifully intimate."
-The New York Times

"They have captured the national sorrow
and shock of that time."
-The Wall Street Journal

"A triumphant work."
-Opera News

"JFK is bizarre and captivating, filled with
gorgeous singing, acting and visuals."

-Theater Jones

JFK marks a poignant circle of mentorship between ALT and librettist Royce Vavrek, who joined the CLDP in 2007 as a member of the program’s first class of Resident Artists. Since completing the program, Vavrek has become one of the field’s most celebrated and in-demand librettists for the opera stage. ALT has been honored to co-commission and support him, as he embarked upon the largest-scale project of his career to date with frequent collaborator David T. Little.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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MONKEY AND FRANCINE IN THE CITY OF TIGERS
Feb
2
to Feb 3

MONKEY AND FRANCINE IN THE CITY OF TIGERS

Music by KAMALA SANKARAM*
Libretto by DAVID JOHNSTON*

Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers is a world premiere opera inspired by Indian and Chinese mythology and the Bollywood style.  This hilarious fable demonstrates the power of teamwork as a monkey prince and his brainy sister outwit a hungry crocodile and escape from the City of Tigers.

Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera with developmental support by American Lyric Theater for the HGOco Opera to Go! program for children and families.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME?: A LOVE STORY
Jul
8
1:30pm 1:30pm

WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME?: A LOVE STORY

Music by JEFFREY DENNIS SMITH*
Libretto by DAVID JOHNSTON*

Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story is a new one-act opera about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect.  A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, a man shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot, young, art world star. Smith’s score blends elements of jazz with an edgy contemporary sound, creating an energy that propels the story forward.  

Developed by American Lyric Theater, under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program.

*Alum of the CLDP.

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THE LONG WALK
Mar
31
to Apr 1

THE LONG WALK

Music by JEREMY HOWARD BECK*
Libretto by STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN*

Based on the Book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by BRIAN CASTNER.

The Long Walk is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq, where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Upon returning from the war, Brian battles what he calls “the Crazy” as he struggles to reintegrate into his family life.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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THE POE PROJECT (BURIED ALIVE & EMBEDDED)
Apr
24
to May 7

THE POE PROJECT (BURIED ALIVE & EMBEDDED)

BURIED ALIVE

Music by JEFF MYERS*
Libretto by QUINCY LONG*

EMBEDDED

Music by PATRICK SOLURI*
Libretto by DEBORAH BREVOORT*

What might Edgar Allan Poe write if he were alive today? This is the question American Lyric Theater asked of four gifted emerging writers for the opera stage.  The Poe Project was commissioned by American Lyric Theater with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the ASCAP Foundation. The double-bill is intended to be staged as a full-evening entertainment, but each opera can also be performed independently.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

Developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program.

* Alum of the CLDP

 

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JFK
Apr
23
to Apr 24

JFK

Music by DAVID T. LITTLE
Libretto by ROYCE VAVREK*

JFK by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek is a co-commission between Fort Worth Opera, American Lyric Theater, and Opéra de Montréal that premiered at FWOpera in the 2016 Festival Season. The work explores the final twelve hours of the 35th president’s life and time spent in Fort Worth, Texas. The opera marks the first joint project for the writing team following their critically acclaimed chamber opera Dog Days (2012).

"Sensitively written, beautifully intimate."
-The New York Times

"They have captured the national sorrow
and shock of that time."
-The Wall Street Journal

"A triumphant work."
-Opera News

"JFK is bizarre and captivating, filled with
gorgeous singing, acting and visuals."

-Theater Jones

JFK marks a poignant circle of mentorship between ALT and librettist Royce Vavrek, who joined the CLDP in 2007 as a member of the program’s first class of Resident Artists. Since completing the program, Vavrek has become one of the field’s most celebrated and in-demand librettists for the opera stage. ALT has been honored to co-commission and support him, as he embarked upon the largest-scale project of his career to date with frequent collaborator David T. Little.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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THE LONG WALK
Jul
10
to Jul 25

THE LONG WALK

Music by JEREMY HOWARD BECK*
Libretto by STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN*

Based on the Book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by BRIAN CASTNER.

The Long Walk is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq, where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Upon returning from the war, Brian battles what he calls “the Crazy” as he struggles to reintegrate into his family life.

* Alum of the CLDP.

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THE POE PROJECT (BURIED ALIVE & EMBEDDED)
Mar
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

THE POE PROJECT (BURIED ALIVE & EMBEDDED)

BURIED ALIVE

Music by JEFF MYERS*
Libretto by QUINCY LONG*

EMBEDDED

Music by PATRICK SOLURI*
Libretto by DEBORAH BREVOORT*

What might Edgar Allan Poe write if he were alive today? This is the question American Lyric Theater asked of four gifted emerging writers for the opera stage.  The Poe Project was commissioned by American Lyric Theater with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the ASCAP Foundation. The double-bill is intended to be staged as a full-evening entertainment, but each opera can also be performed independently.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

Developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program.

* Alum of the CLDP

 

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THE GOLDEN TICKET
Mar
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

THE GOLDEN TICKET

Music by PETER ASH
Libretto by DONALD STURROCK

Based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by ROALD DAHL

The Golden Ticket is a new opera by American composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock, based on Roald Dahl's best-selling modern fairy tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since the story was first published in 1964, three generations around the world have grown up with this fable of a small boy, a chocolate factory and its mercurial owner, Willy Wonka.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

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THE GOLDEN TICKET
Oct
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

THE GOLDEN TICKET

Music by PETER ASH
Libretto by DONALD STURROCK

Based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by ROALD DAHL

The Golden Ticket is a new opera by American composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock, based on Roald Dahl's best-selling modern fairy tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since the story was first published in 1964, three generations around the world have grown up with this fable of a small boy, a chocolate factory and its mercurial owner, Willy Wonka.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

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THE GOLDEN TICKET
Jun
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

THE GOLDEN TICKET

Music by PETER ASH
Libretto by DONALD STURROCK

Based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by ROALD DAHL

The Golden Ticket is a new opera by American composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock, based on Roald Dahl's best-selling modern fairy tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since the story was first published in 1964, three generations around the world have grown up with this fable of a small boy, a chocolate factory and its mercurial owner, Willy Wonka.

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

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