Event Information
American Lyric Theater Presents
The Living Libretto: Opera In Eden
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Four Takes on Temptation

Length: 1 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Join us for a libretto reading of four new one-act operas being written by ALT Resident Artists. All four operas will be performed in concert as part of OPERA IN EDEN on June 16th, 2014 at Symphony Space, but during this Living Libretto event, we will explore behind the scenes in the writing process as we discuss issues of dramatic structure, characterization, and how the composers are approaching the musical side of their collaboration with librettists. Under the direction of Director Lawrence Edelson, the four libretti will be performed by guest actors from Broadway and off-Broadway, followed by a discussion of the challenges of setting text to music in an operatic context, timing of action in opera versus spoken drama, and the role the orchestra can play in opera beyond mere accompaniment.

All of the operas featured as part of OPERA IN EDEN are borne out of an assignment designed by Mark Adamo, in which composers and librettists are provided with an outline that is very loosely based on the story of Adam and Eve, but with many missing pieces – a sort of operatic ‘MadLibs’ project. The artists are asked to fill in the blanks, make distinct choices about their takes on the story, and then to realize their visions in an operatic context. Throughout this one-act project, composers and librettists are challenged to rethink assumptions, justify their choices, and to find their own voices as they create a piece that is both dramatically riveting and musically engaging. Previous operas developed as part of this project have gone on to fully staged productions across the country.

Featured libretti by Rob Handel, EM Lewis, Jerome Parker, and Niloufar Talebi, with their composer collaborators Kamala Sankaram, Evan Meier, Elizabeth Lim, and Clarice Assad.

The Living Libretto: Opera in Eden will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 7:30PM, followed by the libretto reading and discussion with the artists at 8:00 PM.

Advance Ticket Purchase Required. No tickets will be sold on the day of the event. Tickets include the pre-performance wine and cheese reception.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.