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The Steiny Road to Operadom by Karren Alenier of Word Works


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Written in a style anyone can read, this is a collection of essays, interviews, reviews, and a contemporary libretto with a time line of events that preceded the birth of a new opera about Gertrude Stein. This entertaining book provides a roadmap for creative collaborators and performing arts educators. It is a history of American opera framed by the collaboration of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson. With comments from opera luminaries such as Plácido Domingo and Mark Adamo, this unusual reference with a comic flair uniquely answers how to begin, sustain, and complete an opera project. It includes a bibliography and index.


Karren LaLonde Alenier’s fifth collection of poetry Looking for Divine Transportation won the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her opera with composer William Banfield and Encompass New Opera Theatre artistic director Nancy Rhodes, premiered in New York City in 2005. She writes a monthly opera column and arts blog for Scene4 Magazine at An innovator of literary programs that have reached diverse audiences in National Park settings, community centers, churches, and a castle fortress in Italy, she has since 1986 led The Word Works, the Stein opera co-commissioner with Encompass.

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