Cafe Nation: American Lyric Theatre Brewing New Operas

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Looks interesting. The Living Libretto presents four new one-act operas. From the press release:

JOIN US SUNDAY APRIL 29TH AT 1:00 PM FOR THE FINAL EVENT IN OUR FRESHLY BREWED BRUNCH SERIES AT OPERA AMERICA

THE LIVING LIBRETTO

A Libretto Reading of Four New One-Act Operas

Join us for the final event in our 2011-2012 Freshly Brewed Artist Brunch Series at OPERA America – The Living Libretto. Connected to the season’s final concert, Opera in Eden (which will take place on June 25th at Symphony Space), together the two performances provide an intimate, insider’s view of the process of creating opera.

The Living Libretto will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. The event begins with readings of libretti of four new one-act operas, currently being written by ALT Resident Artists and performed by guest actors from Broadway and off-Broadway, under the direction of Dmitry Troyanovsky. Following the performance, there will be a discussion moderated by ALT’s Producing Artistic Director, Lawrence Edelson, exploring 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. The musical side of composers’ collaboration with librettists will also be explored. Guest actors include: Glenn Seven Allen, Joan Barber, Anna O’Donoghue, Jessi Blue Gormezano, and Scott Sowers.

FEATURED WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

THE PRICE OF SILENCE
Libretto by Magda Bogin; Music to be written by Jeffrey Dennis Smith

A retired salesman in Argentina has lived for 30 years with a dark secret. Called to testify about his role in the Dirty Wars, he is torn between his conscience and his desire to protect his grown daughter, the apple of his eye. When she learns about his past, she faces an even starker choice: to protect her father, or to uphold the truth.

Title TBA
Libretto by Kate Light; Music to be written by Theo Popov

Can we hold on to loved ones forever – or should we learn to let them go? Can we fight the inevitable – and if we do, at what cost? Hoping to keep his dying mother alive, a soldier captures death. The soldier’s resident “house spirit” thinks he knows better, but is his mother the one who really knows the right path to choose?

THE WEDDING GIFT OF PIRATE GRANNY
Libretto by David Johnston; Music to be written by Alla Borzova

On a Caribbean island in the 17th Century, Elizabeth Prince is about to marry Jack Hope, and live happily ever after as a respectable, church-going wife and schoolteacher. But her buccaneering grandmother’s riotous, cigar-chomping ghost refuses to let her settle for such a boring domestic life.

THE WHILES
Libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann; Music to written by Jeremy Howard Beck

World War II, Oxfordshire, England. The insular world shared by Imogen, a scientist, and her sister, Cressida, is in danger of becoming a thing of the past when their late father’s time machine turns up, tempting fate. A story of the bond between sisters, the wonders of the everyday, and the ethical questions raised by technology.

Freshly Brewed at OPERA America: The Living Libretto
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for brunch.

OPERA America, 330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th), NYC.
A light brunch with the featured artists on the program is included.
Tickets: $20*; available online at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=LIV31 or by calling (212) 868-4444.

*Advance ticket purchase is required due to limited seating capacity at OPERA America. Tickets will not be sold on the day of the event.

American Lyric Theater’s public programs are made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, OPERA America, givenik.com, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Dorothy Loudon Foundation.