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.