American Lyric Theater (ALT) is pleased to announce that composer Anthony Davis will host the next event in the company's FRESHLY BREWED concert and master class series on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM.
The FRESHLY BREWED series was designed to give the public a chance to see inside the Composer Librettist Development Program Studio. ALT's flagship program, the Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP) is the only full time mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the United States. Anthony Davis, internationally acclaimed composer of the operas X, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X, TANIA, AMISTAD, and WAKONDA'S DREAM, is a guest faculty member and artist mentor for the CLDP.
Davis is known around the globe for his exciting works that draw from the lives of historical figures. January's FRESHLY BREWED event will be the culmination of his winter residency at ALT, during which composers and librettists in the CLDP have been exploring the challenges of dramatizing history for the opera stage. Guest singers from the country's leading opera houses join us for a program of newly written scenes based on real-life figures past and present, including Emperor Hirohito, Josephine Baker, Carlo Gesualdo, and Sarah Palin! The concert will include a discussion about the use of the vernacular, and the balance between fact and fiction in dramatizations of history. A light brunch will also be served, providing an opportunity to meet and get to know the next generation of American operatic writers.
American Lyric Theater Resident Artist Composers to be featured include Christopher Cerrone, Justine Chen, Gerald Cohen, and Nkeiru Okoye; alongside Librettists Tony Asaro, Rochelle Bright and David Simpatico. Full biographies of ALT's Resident Artists may be found at http://www.altnyc.org/composer-librettist-development-program/resident-artists/. Guest Artists include Soprano Katherine Jolly (Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Mezzo Soprano Heather Johnson (Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Carnegie Hall), Tenor Darren Anderson (Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera), Bass Baritone Andrew Nolen (Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Edinbugh Festival), and Pianist Leesa Dahl (Fort Worth Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera).
Tickets, which include a light brunch, are available for $15 through SmartTix at https://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=FRE45. Advance purchase is required. Due to limited seating capacity at OPERA America, tickets are strictly limited and will not be sold on the day of the event. OPERA America is located at 330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th).