American Lyric Theater Presents InsightALT: OPERA IN EDEN

By: Apr. 20, 2018
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American Lyric Theater Presents InsightALT: OPERA IN EDEN

American Lyric Theater concludes the 10th Anniversary of its nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program this season with InsightALT: Opera in Eden, a one-night-only concert featuring three new one-act operas written by ALT Resident Artists, hosted by composer/librettist Mark Adamo and producing artistic director Lawrence Edelson.

InsightALT: Opera in Eden will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30pm at Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Music Center, 129 67th Street, NYC. Tickets are $25 and are available by phone at 212-501-3330 or online at

BLOODLINES (Music by Shuying Li; Libretto by Lila Palmer): For Marcus and Esme, life is good. As children, they survived a war, and emigrated to adoption in a new country. As adults, they flourished and found love in each other. Then a strange series of events brings the old country dangerously to life in the present, begging the question: are all secrets better exposed to the light, or should some things remain in darkness?

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NANA (Music by Liliya Ugay; Libretto by Lorene Cary): Nana's Ghost discovers that her granddaughter is revising the libretto to an opera she's been writing about Nana's life - and Nana's Ghost is not pleased. A haunted wrestling for control begins, with the composer also advocating for the version of the story he thinks will sing.

THE TREE OF ETERNAL YOUTH(Music by Andy Teirstein; Libretto by Julian Crouch): In an orchard, on one particular tree, hangs a peach - but no ordinary peach. At the foot of this same tree, an elderly couple, who long ago made love beneath its branches and carved a heart into its bark, consider their options: To grow old together, or choose eternal youth.

Featured guest artists performing as part of InsightALT: Opera in Eden include soprano Summer Hassan, mezzo soprano Maya Lahyani, mezzo soprano Margaret Lattimore, tenor David Margulis, baritone Brian James Myer, baritone John Tibbets, bass baritone Ryan Kuster, and pianist/music director Gloria Kim.