Lilith is an English-language opera created by American composer Deborah Drattell, with a libretto by David Steven Cohen. Premiered in 2001, the opera imagines Eve returning to Eden following the funeral of Adam. In the ruined paradise, she confronts Lilith, the notorious “other woman”, who in Jewish mythology and legends such as the medieval Alphabet of Sirach mated with Adam before Eve was created.
The piece was expanded to a full-length opera, with a libretto by David Steven Cohen, and its world première was planned in 1997 at New York’s Dicapo Opera. The production was cancelled due to a labor dispute. Drattell reworked the piece, presenting it as a workshop offering at the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York in 1998. The full opera had its world première on November 11, 2001, at the New York City Opera with Lauren Flanigan as Eve.
- Anne Midgette, " 'Lilith' Is Made Flesh", New York Times (November 9, 2001)
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