A New Kind of Fallout
Composer: Gilda Lyons
Composer Bio: Gilda Lyons, (b. 1975), composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. Her music is "hair-raising, yet elegant [with] slides, dips, yips and yelps amid ceremonial intensity" (Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal) and "sounds like nothing you've ever heard before" (Gregory Berg, Journal of Singing). Sing for Hope featured Lyons' "Hold On" on their most recent release, An AIDS Quilt Songbook, available on iTunes and GPR Records. Lindsey Goodman's tour de force performance of Lyons' "Chrysalis" will be released on New Dynamic Records in 2015. Recent premieres in Beijing, Tokyo, Seattle, New York, and Pittsburgh include "walk, run, fly" (voice / pre-recorded sound; The Flea Theater, New York City); "Lady Beetle" (koto solo; Yumi Kurosawa, Torifony Hall, Tokyo); "Moonlight Suite" (chamber opera; Opera Theater of Pittsburgh); "La Novia de Tola" (piano trio; Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing; Finisterra Trio, Seattle; Entelechron, New York City); "Invocations" (voice / shakuhachi; Kyo-Shin-An Arts, New York City) and "rapid transit" (voices; 5 Borough Music Festival, New York City, available on iTunes and GPR Records). Currently writing a mainstage opera for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh inspired by the life of Rachel Carson with a libretto by Tammy Ryan, she is also completing large-scale commissions for Mirror Visions Ensemble, IonSound and Panic Duo. Past commissions have come from The ASCAP Foundation / Charles Kingsford Fund, American Opera Projects, Amy Pivar Dances, Beijing New Music Ensemble, ComposersCollaborative Inc., Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Paul Sperry, Sweet Plantain String Quartet, and The Walt Whitman Project, among many others. Composer-in-Residencies include Wintergreen Summer Music Academy (2015); Vermont's New Music on the Point (2013); Seasons Music Festival in Washington State (2009-2012); and Hartford Women Composers Festival (2011). She currently teaches composition at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's "Shining Brow" (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes "Gilda Lyons's clear soprano compels admiration." Dr. Lyons serves as Artistic and Executive Director of The Phoenix Concerts, New York's "intrepid" and "plucky Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker). Her music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer and Burning Sled. She received her Ph.D. in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Bard College. Dr. Lyons made her professional debut as composer and vocalist with the American Symphony Chamber Orchestra in 1997, performing the world premiere of her orchestral song cycle "Feis."
Librettist: Tammy Ryan
Librettist Bio: Tammy Ryan's award winning plays have been produced across the country and internationally. She won the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize awarded by the American Theater Critics Association for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods which was developed by the New Harmony Project, and received its world premiere in a co-production at Premiere Stages and Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at The Alliance Theater Company, Dorset Theater Festival, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, The REP at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, City Theater, Bricolage, and the Lark Play Development Lab among others, and has been featured at NNPN's National Showcase of New Plays. In addition her plays for young audiences have twice received the National Playwriting for Youth Bonderman Award, including The Music Lesson which also received the American Alliance of Theatre in Education's Distinguished Play Award. Other honors include the Heinz Endowments Creative Heights Grant, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award and fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She serves as the Pittsburgh regional representative for the Dramatists Guild of America
Original Cast:                         Arthur Begman Eric Lindsey
  Older Alice Daphne Alderson
  Bob Dart/Scientist Joseph Brent
  Ed Blocker/Doctor Xiaozhong Wang
  Hayy Stritch/Reporter Antonio Watts
  Reporter                        Jake Jacobsen
  Flora Dart/The Earth Desiree Soteres
  Winnie Blocker/Science Patricia Westley
  Bette Stritch/The Word Evelyn Rossow
                          Alice Front Lara Lynn Cottrill
                  Jack Front Dimitrie Lazich
Premiere Date: May 14, 2015
Producing Company: Opera Theater Summerfest
Description: A New Kind of Fallout is an evening-length work touching on the life of Rachel Carson, the Pittsburgh-trained scientist and author whose seminal 1962 work, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement in the United States. Carson was born in nearby Springdale, PA, and attended Pittsburgh College for Women (now Chatham University). 
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
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