American Lyric Theater Announces Call for Applications for the 2017-18 Composer Librettist Development Program
Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater (ALT), announced that applications for the next cycle of the company’s nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program will be accepted from February 15 to March 31, 2017. There is no fee to apply for the program. ALT will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the CLDP – the only full-time professional initiative in the country to mentor emerging opera composers and librettists – during the 2017-18 season. In tandem with this milestone, Edelson announced two enhancements to the program: the introduction of stipends for artists accepted into the program; and the creation of the first comprehensive apprenticeship for an opera dramaturg in the United States.
Launched in 2007, ALT’s Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP) is the most intensive mentorship initiative for emerging opera composers and librettists in the country, with a highly credentialed faculty and proven track record for developing the skills of gifted artists, incubating successful operas, and fostering lasting collaborations. Prominent alumni of the CLDP include composers Christopher Cerrone, Kamala Sankaram, and Jeremy Howard Beck; and librettists Royce Vavrek, Stephanie Fleischmann and Deborah Brevoort. Audiences around the country are enjoying operas developed through the CLDP and by CLDP alumni at a wide variety of venues, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Saratoga, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, The PROTOTYPE Festival, and many more.