Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 Composer Librettist Development Program (CLDP). Founded in 2007 and recognized for artistic excellence by both the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the CLDP is the only full-time professional mentorship initiative for operatic writers in the country.
The CLDP is a tuition-free program that includes a core curriculum of classroom training and hands-on workshops with some of the country's leading working artists. The principal faculty for the 2013-2014 CLDP will include composer/librettist Mark Adamo, composer Robert Beaser, librettist Mark Campbell
, producing artistic directorLawrence Edelson, dramaturg Cori Ellison, librettist Michael Korie
, stage director Rhoda Levine
, and composerPaul Moravec. Operas written at ALT, and by alumni of the CLDP, have gone on to be produced by diverse companies including The Atlanta Opera, Center City Opera, and Beth Morris
on Projects; and upcoming seasons include works by CLDP artists at Fort Worth Opera, Tulsa Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and many more companies around the country.
American Lyric Theater's 2013-2014 Composer Librettist Development Program will run from September 15, 2013 to June 18, 2014. Previously, residency in the metropolitan New York City area was required for participation. This season, through the use of newly acquired HD teleconferencing technology, gifted emerging artists with an interest in writing for the opera stage will be able to participate in the CLDP, regardless of where they live in the country.
"ALT's Composer Librettist Development Program has been an important contributing force to the flow of new American operas in recent years. The fact that ALT's exceptional program of training and support for composers and librettists will now be available to participants from across the country comes as very good news. Outstanding new works and strong new relationships among artists and producers have resulted from Lawrence Edelson's visionary leadership of American Lyric Theater. I look forward to the expanded, national impact of this program." - Marc Scorca, President and CEO, OPERA America
All artists accepted into the program will be required to be in New York City for two weeks during the program (September 15-22, 2013 and June 11-18, 2014). For those artists who do not live in the metropolitan New York City area, ALT will provide transportation and housing. Artists will be able to fully participate in the remainder of the program (over 70 classes and workshops) either in person or remotely.
The application deadline for the 2013-2014 CLDP is April 1, 2013. Complete details on the national expansion of the CLDP, as well as application details, may be found by clicking HERE!