Caroline Worra, Camille Zamora Set For The Poe Project

Tickets are now on sale for The Poe Project, a concert of three new one-act operas inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe, commissioned by American Lyric Theater.

The Poe Project will be performed in concert one night only at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Cary Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, NYC. Tickets are available for $40 from or by phone at (212) 868-4444. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the door.

The Poe Project is currently being developed by six Resident Artists in American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program, the only full time mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the United States. The trilogy of one-act operas is receiving an extensive developmental workshop this fall, culminating in the concert on November 10th.

Inspired by Poe's macabre fiction, the three operas of The Poe Project are original tales of contemporary horror that draw on themes of anxiety and mortality: Buried Alive, by composer Jeff Myers and librettist Quincy Long; ...of the Flesh, by composer Jay Anthony Gach and librettist Royce Vavrek; and Embedded, by composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort. American Lyric Theater asked these writers, "What might Poe write if he were alive today?" The chilling results are twisted journeys through trust, self-doubt and obsession; disease, intimacy and sex; and terrorism, aging and the darker side of fame.

The cast will feature soprano Caroline Worra, soprano Camille Zamora, mezzo soprano Audrey Babcock, tenor Chad A. Johnson, baritone Christopher Burchett, and bass Matt Boehler. Keith Chambers conducts the American Lyric Theater Orchestra.


The Poe Project was commissioned by ALT with support from The New York State Council on the Arts. The 2011 workshop and concert of The Poe Project is made possible with support from OPERA America and The Dorothy Loudon Foundation. The Composer Librettist Development Program is made possible by 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, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation - Joseph and Rosalie Meyer Fund.

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