An American Dream


American Dream at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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An American Dream


American Dream at Lyric Opera of Chicago

LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW PRODUCTION

AN AMERICAN DREAM

Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Sung in English with projected English text 

Additional tickets available through the Harris Theater, click here to purchase.

TREASURED POSSESSIONS BECOME SYMBOLS OF HOME IN THIS CONTEMPORARY OPERA INSPIRED BY TRUE STORIES FROM AMERICAN HISTORY.

Set during World War II, this opera explores the lives of two women: a Japanese American forced to leave her home, and a German-Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind. In its Seattle Opera world premiere, it was called “a heart-wrenching opera… eloquent and moving” by The Seattle Times. Join us for the Lyric premiere of a contemporary American chamber opera.

A free, pre-opera talk will begin one hour before curtain, and the audience is invited to a post-performance discussion. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view images on loan from the Alphawood Foundation from the 2017 exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Images will be on display in the lobby spaces for performances. 

In partnership with University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and the Japanese American Service Committee, free public event offerings will be happening throughout the month of March. Click on the "Public Events" tab for more information on these events. 


 Performed at HARRIS THEATER
, 205 E Randolph Street, Chicago


 
PRODUCTION SPONSORS

LEAD SPONSOR

Wallace Foundation
 


COSPONSORS

Lester S. Abelson
Foundation /
Katherine A. Abelson
Baker & McKenzie
Nix Lauridsen and
Virginia Croskery Lauridsen
LAUTER MCDOUGAL
CHARITABLE FUND
SEYMOUR H. PERSKY
CHARITABLE TRUST
MARY STOWELL

 

ERIC AND DEB
HIRSCHFIELD
Mary Patricia
Gannon
Kenneth R.
Norgan
Eisen Family
Foundation
 
With additional support from the Eisen Family Foundation and James R. Grimes



 
 

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Photo: Philip Newton/Seattle Opera

In conjunction with the upcoming performances of An American Dream, Lyric Unlimited is proud to partner with University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and the Japanese American Service Committee to bring you free, public events created to offer you the opportunity to join conversations around topics brought up in An American Dream.

Please click below for more details and instructions on how to sign up. 


Un/Settled: A Panel Discussion
Monday, March 4, 2019
6:30-8pm
FREE
University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637 


Reminders of Home: An Interactive Storytelling Workshop
Saturday, March 9, 2019
1-3pm
FREE
Lyric Opera of Chicago, 40 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, in Room 550
Enter at stagedoor, near the corner of Washington and Wacker Drive 


In addition to the opera and these free events, ticket holders can also enjoy a free pre-show talk about the opera and a post-show discussion at both performances. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view images on loan from the Alphawood Foundation from the 2017 exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Images will be on display in the lobby spaces for performances. 
 


An American Dream Opera Resources



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Reviews


“a heart-wrenching opera…eloquent and moving
“An American Dream is a gripping piece of musical theater” – The Seattle Times

“It’s a triumph. It’s riveting...It’s strong.”
“…an atmospheric score which surrounds but never overwhelms the voices….”
“The whole was a tour de force…” – City Arts Magazine

“...tackles a formerly uncomfortable subject with honesty" – Classical Voice America

“...it could not be more timely." – Portland Press Herald

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Enhance your experience 

Read about the historical context of An American Dream, listen to audio clips ahead of time, learn more about composer Jack Perla and librettist Jessica Murphy Moo through Lyric Unlimited's Teacher Resources


 
Music for An American Dream is generously provided by Seattle Opera.

Photos: Philip Newton/Seattle Opera

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Conductor Daniela Candillari on the music

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