What might Edgar Allan Poe write if he were alive today? This is the question asked of six 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. All three operas in The Poe Project utilize the same performing forces: a cast of six singers (spinto-soprano, light lyric soprano, mezzo soprano, lyric tenor, baritone, bass) and a chamber orchestra of 18 players. The trilogy is intended to be staged as a full-evening entertainment, but each opera can also be performed independently. The first workshop and public reading of The Poe Project took place in November 2010. A second workshop, with orchestra, took place at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in conjunction with OPERA America’s first New Works Forum in November 2011. Production plans for The Poe Project will be announced in 2013.