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Based in New York City, 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. 

At the heart of all of ALT’s programs is the Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP), the only full-time mentorship initiative for emerging operatic writers in the United States. Almost every opera company in the country has a Young Artist Program to mentor emerging singers, and over the past 25 years, these programs have proven immensely successful at improving both the artistic level and the career success of American singers around the globe. ALT is dedicated to providing comparable mentorship for operatic writers. The CLDP is a tuition free initiative for emerging operatic composers and librettists, selected through an open, competitive application process. The program includes a core curriculum of classroom training and hands-on workshops with some of the country’s leading working artists, including composer/librettist Mark Adamo; composers Robert Beaser, Anthony Davis, and Paul Moravec; librettists Mark Campbell and Michael Korie; dramaturg Cori Ellison; and directors Rhoda Levine and Lawrence Edelson.

In addition to the CLDP, ALT commissions and develops new operas with the specific goal of developing repertoire to attract new audiences to opera.
ALT has multiple new works in development, ranging from one-act chamber operas to full-length, large-scale productions. 

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