In 2013, ALT launched InsightALT – a new festival of readings and symposia that offers an intimate, inside look into American Lyric Theater’s process of creating new operas at all stages of their development. American Lyric Theater has since expanded InsightALT into a full-season series, featuring professional singers, with piano or orchestra accompaniment, depending on the stage of development. Each event is preceded by an extensive 10-day workshop.
InsightALT: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
Featuring MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale
October 17, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street – New York, NY 10023
Composer: Justine F. Chen
Librettist: David Simpatico
Inspired by the life of the groundbreaking computer scientist, Alan Turing, this opera is an historic-fantasia on his life. After saving England in World War II by cracking the Nazi U-boat code, he was found guilty of gross indecency for a homosexual relationship and was chemically castrated. Two years later, Turing was found poisoned near a cyanide-laced apple with a bite taken from it. The apple is believed to be a reference to his obsession with Disney’s Snow White, and an image rumored to be the inspiration for Apple Computer’s logo. Turing’s mysterious death was labeled a suicide – but there are many other theories. The concert will star baritone Jonathan Michie in the role of Alan Turing, with soprano Susannah Biller, bass-baritone Joseph Beutel, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and tenor Daniel T. Curran, with a choral ensemble from MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale.
InsightALT: La Reina
Presented in Partnership with The PROTOTYPE Festival
Sunday, January 17, 2016 / 5:00 p.m.
French Institute Alliance Francaise
Florence Gould Hall
22 East 60th Street – New York, NY 10022
La Reina is an electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English. Drawing its narrative from the drug trade in Mexico and the United States, the opera is inspired by some of the most vivid real life players in this increasingly violent war from the past and present. The principal cast includes mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock in the lead role of “Regina”, with baritone Christopher Burchett, soprano Rosa Betancourt and tenor Javier Abreu.
InsightALT: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant
Thursday, May 26, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
The Engelman Recital Hall
at Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue – New York, NY 10010
Composer: Evan Meier
Librettist: 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? This new opera honors the classic detective story in a romp through the fairy tale world appropriate for the whole family. This concert stars tenor John McVeigh as Sherlock Holmes.
Follow the development of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, attend the libretto reading on September 28, 2015 at the National Opera Center.