Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant (in development)

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?

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

Developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program


Commission: April 2015

Libretto Workshop & Reading: September 2015
Public reading part of The Living Libretto series

Piano/Vocal Workshop and Reading: March 2017
Public reading part of the InsightALT series

Piano/Vocal Workshop and Reading: March 2019
Public reading part of the InsightALT series

UP NEXT: Orchestral Workshop: TBD

LICENSING: Sherlock Holmes the Case of the Fallen Giant is currently in development at American Lyric Theater. If you are interested to learn more about partnering for the world premiere, please click here to send an inquiry.

SHERLOCK HOLMES, consulting detective (Tenor)
DR. JOHN WATSON, Holmes' friend and sidekick (Lyric Baritone)
JACK BALE, a young boy (Treble)
INSPECTOR GEOFFREY LESTRADE, a Scotland Yard police detective (Character Baritone)
ANNE BALE, Jack’s grandmother (Mezzo-Soprano)
ZAMIRA, a mysterious woman who sells elixirs and spells in a traveling carnival (Coloratura Soprano)
BLUNDERBORE, the Giant (Bass-Baritone)
MERILEE, the Giantess (Dramatic Soprano)


Composer Evan Meier is currently orchestrating the music for the opera. In the meantime, we are pleased to share samples of the piano vocal performance of March 2017.

EVAN MEIER’s music has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, Paperwing, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County, the Mclean Youth Orchestra, the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble, and the Chapman University Wind Ensemble. Meier’s Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015 Composers Institute, and performed as part of the Future Classics program, with Osmo Vänskä conducting. In 2018, Meier collaborated with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod of the harp-based pop duo Addi & Jacq to compose orchestral arrangements of their music for an album project. Meier’s music for harp ensemble was featured at the 2017 Camac Festival in Alexandria, Virginia. Opera has been a major focus of Meier’s compositional output. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having “a very polished feel…the music firmly rooted in the drama.” Since 2013, Meier has been a Resident Artist with the American Lyric Theater, as part of the Composer/Librettist Development Program. In the spring of 2014, ALT presented his one-act chamber opera, The Resurrection Engine, which was written in collaboration with librettist and playwright E.M. Lewis. Meier holds composition degrees from Chapman University (BM), California State University Northridge (MM), and the University of Maryland (DMA). He currently serves as Music Theory Chair at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C

(Credit: Tom Sanders Photography)

(Credit: Tom Sanders Photography)

Librettist E. M. LEWIS joined American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program in 2013.  She is currently working on a family-friendly opera called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant with composer Evan Meier, commissioned by ALT.  Town Hall, an opera that the Maryland Opera Studio commissioned Lewis and composer Theo Popov to create, was produced at University of Maryland in 2018, and at Willamette University in 2019.  Lewis wrote the lyrics for “Everything My Father Never Told Me,” a number that was included in Dear Erich, a new opera by composer Ted Rosenthal produced by New York City Opera at the National Yiddish Theater in 2019. Other opera projects include The Resurrection Engine with Evan Meier, and The Crossing with Clarice Assad (a semi-finalist for Arizona Opera’s “Arizona Bold” program). Lewis is also a playwright.  Her award-winning plays have been produced around the world, and are published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg Award and the Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, and the Ted Schmidt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles County Drama Critics Association. Lewis received a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her plays include Song of Extinction, Infinite Black Suitcase, Heads, The Gun Show, True Story, Apple Season (currently having a National New Play Network rolling world premiere), Magellanica (a six-hour Antarctic epic that is a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards), You Can See All the Stars (commissioned by the Kennedy Center), and How the Light Gets In (which will have its world premiere at Boston Court Pasadena this fall).  Lewis is a proud member of Opera America and the Dramatists Guild.  She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.