Joe the Cat, Assistant Librettist

Joe the Cat, Assistant Librettist

EM Lewis has recently begun working as a librettist, and is very excited to be moving into this new field.

She was invited into American Lyric Theater’s 2013-2014 Composer Librettist Development Program, where she learned to write opera libretti from their distinguished faculty, and wrote her first chamber opera with composer Evan Meier.  She will be continuing her studies with ALT for two more years, and is now working on a new family-friendly opera with Meier entitled “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant.”  In addition, she and composer Clarice Assad are semi-finalists for Arizona Bold, an initiative out of Arizona Opera for new operas inspired by Arizona history, with their opera “The Crossing.”

Lewis is actively pursuing further opportunities to work with composers on music projects — from songs to musicals to operas.  She has lots of ideas!

Operas by EM Lewis

Resurrection Engine - imageThe Resurrection Engine (with composer Evan Meier) – A 30-minute chamber opera for piano and three singers (tenor, baritone, bass baritone).  A gothic Victorian horror story set in Dartmoor.  Two brothers battle over questions of science and religion as a young woman’s life hangs in the balance.  Why should we lose what we have the power to keep?

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant (with composer Evan Meier) – a 90-minute opera for family audiences.  A boy named Jack is accused of a terrible crime — killing Blunderbore, the Giant.  Sherlock Holmes takes the case!

The Crossing (with composer Clarice Assad) – a 90-minute opera in progress, semi-finalist for Arizona Opera’s Arizona Bold initiative!  It is 1898, and Arizona needs water.  Ben Fowler must bring together all the opposing forces in this wild western territory to build a dam that will tame the wild Salt River — and he needs to convince President Theodore Roosevelt to help him fund it.

Composer Evan Meier and Librettist E. M. Lewis

Composer Evan Meier and Librettist E. M. Lewis

Songs by EM Lewis

  • Alone
  • Bird Lullaby (from Catch)
  • Darkness Followed Us Home (from Magellanica)
  • The Dark Sky Sings (from Magellanica)