THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING (grand opera); Score by Justine Chen

Full-length grand opera

Cast size: 7 principals, large chorus

Commissioned by American Lyric Theater in 2012 to commemorate the Turing Centennial, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing is a two-act opera inspired by the life of the groundbreaking computer scientist, Alan Turing. After saving England in World War II by cracking the Nazi U-boat code, he was found guilty of gross indecency for a homosexual relationship and was chemically castrated. Two years later, Turing was found poisoned near a cyanide-laced apple with a bite taken from it. The apple is believed to be a reference to his obsession with Disney’s Snow White, and an image rumored to be the inspiration for Apple Computer’s logo. Turing’s mysterious death was labeled a suicide – but there are many other theories. The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing is a historic-fantasia on Turing’s life. 

Production History: commissioned by American Lyric Theatre, Lawrence Edelson, AD

Multiple vocal workshops with American Lyric Theatre.

Orchestral Workshop with full cast, Chicago Opera Theatre, Ashley Magnus, AD; Lidiya Yankovskaya, MD

Links: Youtube; love duet between Alan Turing and Christopher Morcom, performed by Jonathan Michie and Andrew Bidlack; American Lyric Theatre workshop, Jan, 2018, sponsored by Opera America

Press LINK for video duet performed by Jonathan Michie and Andrew Bidlack

Alan Turing


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