About American Lyric Theater
Great operas don’t just happen. American Lyric Theater (ALT) was founded in 2005 by Lawrence Edelson 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. ALT is the only company in the United States that offers extensive, full-time mentorship for emerging operatic writers as its primary mission. Our programs focus on serving the needs of composers and librettists, commissioning and developing new works, and collaborating with larger producing companies around the country to help usher those works into the repertoire. Public performances presented in New York City serve to promote the work of gifted emerging artists, and to expose the public to the process of developing new operas. ALT’s flagship program is the Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), the first and only multi-year mentorship initiative for both opera composers and librettists in the country. The CLDP faculty includes some the country’s foremost artists, including composer-librettist Mark Adamo, librettist Mark Campbell, composer Anthony Davis, dramaturg Cori Ellison, and composer Jake Heggie. To date, the CLDP has provided intensive, personalized mentorship to over 40 gifted emerging operatic writers. Alumni of the CLDP are at the forefront of creating new operas for companies around the country, including Opera Philadelphia, Houston Grand Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.