Music 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. 

To find out more about licensing THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING, click here to go directly to the American Lyric Theatre site.

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

Alan Turing

This is the 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

Andrew Bidlack and Jonathan Michie
Composer Justine Chen
Maestro Lidiya Yankovskaya and producer Lawrence Edelson
Ashley Magnus, Lawrence Edelson, Justine Chen; COT 2019
THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING
Onstage with Justine Chen, composer, and Larry Edelson, producer; Orchestral Workshop at Chicago Opera Theatre, Jan, 2019
Justine Chen


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