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

UP NEXT: Piano/Vocal Workshop: March 19-25, 2019
Public Concert: March 25, 2019
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St. NYC
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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.

Composer 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 Ensemble, and the Calyx Quartet. His 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 2012, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival presented Evan’s one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution. The New York Times described the opera as having “a very polished feel...the music firmly rooted in the drama.” Evan joined American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program as a Resident Artist in 2013. He holds composition degrees from Chapman University (BM), California State University Northridge (MM), and the University of Maryland (DMA).

(Credit: Tom Sanders Photography)

(Credit: Tom Sanders Photography)

Librettist E. M. LEWIS joined American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program in 2013. She worked with composer Evan Meier on a chamber opera entitled The Resurrection Engine, and with composer Clarice Assad on The Crossing (a semi-finalist for Arizona Opera's "Arizona Bold" program).  Her award-winning plays have been produced around the world, and are published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads 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. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and received the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Lewis is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP; she lives in Oregon.