AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER CENTER INC

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 458 West 52nd St Ste 1D New York NY 10019 USA

Mission: American Lyric Theater (ALT) was founded in 2005 to build a new body of operatic repertoire for new audiences by nurturing composers and librettists, developing sustainable artistic collaborations, and contributing new works to the national canon.
Results: Composer Librettist Development Program: Founded in 2007, the CLDP is the first (and still, the only) full time professional mentorship program for gifted emerging operatic writers in the United States. Commissions: ALT Commissioned The Golden Ticket, a new opera based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, from American composer Peter Ash and British Librettist Donald Sturrock in 2007. The Golden Ticket received its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in June 2010 in a co-production between OTSL, Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland (who presented the European premiere in October 2010), and ALT. In 2010, ALT commissioned The Poe Project, a trilogy of new one-act operas inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. ALT is currently developing 2 additional full-length works, including La Reina by Jorge Sosa, an electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English that draws its narrative from the ongoing war against drugs in the United States and Mexico.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ALT has it all for an aspiring composer or librettist to enter the exciting realm of opera: dedicated artistic director, distinguished knowledgeable faculty, and talented performers. It makes a sharp accent on the art (and challenge) of collaboration on the path of creating the American opera. Four resident composers have an opportunity to collaborate with four librettists on a rotating basis (and vise versa). The program moves in extremely fast tempo and is very informative. It also brings you in the network of opera creators. I hope for the continuous relationship with ALT for my future operatic projects.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My year as a member of the Composer Librettist Development Program has most definitely been one of the best for professional development. The lessons on collaboration, challenging assignments, mentorships by world-class opera geniuses and constant inspiration to create new art is absolutely unique and I consider it a blessing to have been a part of it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a resident artist with American Lyric Theater for the past year and the experience has been amazing. I came to the program from the theater/playwriting world and its immersive process has been invaluable. My first libretto will be performed in less than two months and it's an exciting time. This is a terrific organization, doing the kind of work that nobody else is doing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm currently a resident artist within ALT's Composer Librettist Development Program, and I'm continually amazed by this invaluable experience. I'd very much like to make writing opera a part of my career, and this program provides critical opportunities to make that a reality. Where else can one learn about all aspects of opera, present new work with professional performers, receive feedback from top-tier mentors, meet and collaborate with a number of other writers, discuss the writing and collaborative process, and continually improve one's skills? ALT's Composer Librettist Development Program is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

ALT has been my entry into the opera world. As a composer in their Composer/Librettist development program, I was introduced to two librettists which I am now collaborating with. Now I am working on two new operas, one of which is an ALT commission. Because of ALT, I am hopeful that I will develop a career writing operas with confidence and a level of understanding which few composers have in the early stages of development.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2007-2011

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more composer faculty (instead of performer/academic) that can work on "nuts and bolts" kinds of things like how to write for voice, make p-v reductions etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ALT is a great program; incredibly thorough and very educational. I am currently enrolled and the level of depth is really amazing. The credit goes to Larry Edelson and the faculty!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Still learning but I'm a much more skilled opera composer now.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great program! I was one of the artists in their pilot Composer/Librettist Development program. I received invaluable training that was top-notch in every regard. I have had new opportunities in my writing career as a result of the training (and contacts) I rec'd through ALT, and I have found new collaborators. I can't recommend this program enough. If you want to write for the opera, this is the place to do it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes! I've written 2 short operas through this program, and am now working on my first full length opera.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything

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