Free Opera in Eden Concert to Feature Tony Winner Chuck Cooper Jan. 7

By Adam Hetrick
26 Dec 2007

Chuck Cooper
Chuck Cooper
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The American Lyric Theatre, the New York company devoted to developing contemporary operatic works, will enlist the talents of Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper for its upcoming showcase Opera in Eden.

The Jan. 7, 2008, concert will feature selections from five operatic works revolving around themes from the biblical tale of Adam and Eve: The Hunger Art (music by Jeff Myers, libretto by Royce Vavrek); Nora at the Altar-Rail (music by Jay Anthony Gach, libretto by Royce Vavrek); Altezura (music by Aleksandra Vrebalov, libretto by Deborah Brevoort); Nylons (music by Cristian Amigo, libretto by Emily Charlotte Conbere); and Adam and Eve (music by Patrick Soluri, libretto by Quincy Long).

Cooper, who appears in Altezura, will be joined by performers from the opera stage, including Thomas Wazelle, Amanda Pabyan, David Korn, Edwin Vega, Bryce Smith, Christopher Burchett, Jeffrey Picon, Andrea Nwoke, Sarah Heltzel and Jennifer Roderer. The evening is moderated by composer/librettist Mark Adamo.

Cooper, a Tony winner for The Life, made his Broadway debut in Amen Corner. His credits include Caroline, Or Change; Passion; Lennon; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me; and Chicago.

The 7 PM concert is free and open to the public. Opera in Eden will be held at Symphony Space, located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For further information visit www.altnyc.org.