February 7, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.


National Sawdust

80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Caroline Worra, soprano
Sarah Joy Miller, soprano
​Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano
Glenn Seven Allen, tenor
Michael Weyandt, baritone
Kyle Albertson, bass-baritone

Music Director & Pianist: Gloria Kim

ALT Alumni: Composers & Librettists in Concert features work of alumni of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), the only full time training program for emerging operatic writers in the country. The CLDP has been the nucleus of ALT’s mission to bring “New opera to new audiences” since its inception in 2007, and has gone on to cultivate the success of American opera’s most innovative and exciting contemporary voices. Join us on February 7th to experience excerpts from five powerful operas:

The Property
Music: Wlad Marhulets
Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann*

Daughters of the Bloody Duke
Music: Jake Runstead
Libretto: David Johnston*

Breaking the Waves
Music: Missy Mazzoli
Libretto: Royce Vavrek

Music: Patrick Soluri
Libretto: Deborah Brevoort

Buried Alive
Music: Jeff Myers
Libretto: Quincy Long

*Denotes an alum of the Composer Librettist Development Program


ALT launches a new concert series at the National Sawdust this fall, featuring the work of alumni artists who have gone on to lead successful careers. Alumni composers Christopher Cerrone, Jeremy Howard Beck, Jeff Myers, and Patrick Soluri, and librettists Royce Vavrek, Stephanie Fleischmann, and David Johnston will have their work presented at one or both of the ALT Alumni Events. The concert-style programs will feature excerpts from recently premiered and upcoming works for the stage. Many of the featured artists have created new operas for companies around the country, including Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Washington National Opera, The Industry (LA), and Beth Morrison Projects.

Librettist Royce Vavrek (of Dog Days fame, and whom the New York Times calls “an exemplary creator of operatic prose”) will have a total of three works presented–an adaptation of Lars von Trier’s devastating 1996 melodrama Breaking the Waves, with music by Missy Mazzoli27, a portrait of Gertude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’ Parisian flat in the 1920s, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon; and O Columbia, an opera-oratorio that examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration, with music by Gregory Spears.

Stephanie Fleischmann, who has been in residence with ALT since 2011, has penned libretti for two of the works to be presented. Adapted from the graphic novel by Rutu Modan, The Property tells the story of a woman and her daughter who travel to modern-day Warsaw to try and regain family property lost during World War II, and features music by Wlad Marhulets. With composer Jeremy Howard Beck, she has adapted Brian Castner’s critically-acclaimed memoir The Long Walk for the operatic stage; this profound story of an Iraqi War veteran reintegrating himself into to family life will close the first program in November.

Other highlights include composer/librettist Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Cities (a 2014 Pulitzer finalist), a fantastical tale of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan; The Privacy Show, a techno-noir opera confronting the issue of privacy in our increasingly digitized society; and two ALT commissions which respond to the question, “What might Edgar Allan Poe write if he were alive today?”

November 15, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
National Sawdust – 80 North 6th Street – Brooklyn, NY 11249

Tickets: $20 General Admission / $15 Students & Seniors


Invisible Cities (Christopher Cerrone) | Commissioned by Raulee Marcus and Stephen Block for The Industry, LA
The Privacy Show (Kamala Sankaram/Rob Handel) | Supported by a 2015 OPERA America Discovery Grant
27 (Ricky Ian Gordon/Royce Vavrek) | Commissioned by Opera Theatre of St. Louis
O Columbia (Gregory Spears/Royce Vavrek) | Commissioned by HGOco at Houston Grand Opera
The Long Walk (Jeremy Howard Beck/Stephanie Fleischmann) | Commissioned by American Lyric Theater; World Premiere Opera Saratoga

February 7, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.
National Sawdust – 80 North 6th Street -Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Property (Wlad Marhulets/Stephanie Fleischmann) | Commissioned by Lyric Unlimited at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Daughters of the Bloody Duke (Jake Runstead/DavidJohnston) | Commissioned by Washington National Opera
Breaking the Waves (Missy Mazzoli/Royce Vavrek) | Commissioned by Opera Philadelphia
Embedded (Patrick Soluri/Deborah Brevoort) | Commissioned by American Lyric Theater; World Premiere at Fargo Moorhead Opera
Buried Alive (Jeff Myers/Quincy Long) | Commissioned by American Lyric Theater; World Premiere at Fargo Moorhead Opera