2018-19 Events

Murasaki's Moon
to May 19

Murasaki's Moon

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World Premiere


Performed in the Astor Chinese Garden Court
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The sequestered life of a lady-in-waiting feels suffocating to the imaginative yet introspective Lady Murasaki. To escape the boundaries of the palace, she begins to write an epic tale of love and freedom. Murasaki's life in the palace helps to shape the world of her novel, The Tale of Genji, which catapults her to fame, yet creates tension within the palace. She struggles to find a balance between the relationships with those around her, the characters she creates, and the far reaching impact of her writing.

Presented in conjunction with the Met's exhibition The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated, on view March 6 - June 16, 2019. Lady Murasaki was the granddaughter of a writer and daughter of a scholar, who struggled to find her place at the Imperial Court in 11th century Japan. She gained recognition at court for her poetry and story-telling, and eventually penned the world's first novel: The Tale of Genji. Murasaki's Moon is an opera for audiences of all ages, inspired by the life and work of Lady Murasaki.

Produced by On Site Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Commissioned by On Site Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and American Lyric Theater

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InsightALT: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant
7:00 PM19:00

InsightALT: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant

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Libretto by E.M. LEWIS

The game's afoot! A giant is dead, and his body lies at the base of a great beanstalk. The police believe young Jack is responsible. But the boy insists that he's innocent, and begs the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. Watson. Can they untangle this magical mystery?

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant was commissioned by American Lyric Theater as part of our initiative to develop new family-friendly, full-length operas. Join us for the next event in our InsightALT series, and get a glimpse inside ALT's development process. This one-night-only concert presentation is the culmination of a week-long workshop for the opera, led by conductor Andrew Bisantz, and featuring sopranos Cree Carrico and Felicia Moore; mezzo soprano Heather Johnson; tenor Daniel T. Curran; baritones Conor McDonald and David Kravitz, bass Hans Tashjian, and treble Devin Coleman. Following the concert-reading, we invite the audience to join in a discussion about the work in progress with composer Evan Meier and librettist E.M. Lewis, led by ALT's Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson.

This opera is currently being developed under the auspices of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program.

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The Living Libretto: The Opposable Thumb
7:00 PM19:00

The Living Libretto: The Opposable Thumb

The Opposable Thumb is a new opera about a young woman determined to escape the mayhem that descends upon a zoo when war strikes. Based on various true accounts of the last two hundred years, this fascinating work questions whether mankind is superior to the animals that are contains behind the bars of the zoo’s cages, or just another ape with an opposable thumb, and a trigger pulling finger.

Join us for a first look at this exciting new opera being developed at ALT, by librettist Julian Crouch and composer Liliya Ugay, resident artists in the composer librettist development program. The Living Libretto features a libretto reading of the opera-in-progress, followed by a discussion with the writers.

All ticket holders are also invited to a post-performance wine and cheese reception and to meet the creative artists.

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ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert
3:00 PM15:00

ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert

Alumni of American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program are changing the landscape of contemporary opera! Join us for ALT's annual alumni concert, showcasing scenes from four exciting new operas taking the stage around the country, written by alumni of the CLDP.

Featured Guest Artists include:
Sopranos Kasia BorowiecJoowon Chae, Ta’Nika Gibson, and Rachel Mikol;
Mezzo Sopranos Edith Grossman, Heather Johnson, Heather Jones, and Sophia Perez;
Countertenor Randall Scotting;
Tenors Glenn Seven Allen and Quinn Bernegger;
Bass Baritones Zachary Altman and Adrian Rosas.

With Guest Musicians from the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble:
Clara Kim
, violin; Joann Whang, cello; Jesse Han, flute; Doug Perry, percussion; Andrew Cyr, artistic director

Pianist and Music Director Gloria Kim

Hosted by ALT's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Lawrence Edelson.


In A Grove
Music by Christopher Cerrone*
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann*

Town Hall
Music by Theo Popov*
Libretto by E. M. Lewis*

Music by Julia Meinwald*
Libretto by Gordon Leary

Taking Up Serpents
Music by Kamala Sankaram*
Libretto by Jerre Dye

*indicates alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program

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The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing - Concert Performance
7:30 PM19:30

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing - Concert Performance

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Music by Justine F. Chen
Libretto by David Simpatico

Chicago Opera Theater joins American Lyric Theater to bring this new opera to life as part of their Vanguard Initiative. After a week long workshop, COT and ALT present a full concert performance of Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico’s intense and beautiful new work in progress on February 15, 2019.

The new opera delves into the world of cyberspace through an acoustic soundscape, while grappling with challenges of identity and discrimination faced by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

Featuring Jonathan Michie once again in the title role, under the baton of conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Presented at: Gannon Concert Hall - DePaul School of Music
2330 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

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