Lyric Premiere & New Production An American Dream

By Jack Perla & Jessica Murphy Moo

  • Language - Sung in English with projected English text
  • Location - Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph Street, Chicago

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. 

Upcoming Dates
Full Calendar

This production of An American Dream was presented by Lyric on Friday, March 15 and Sunday, March 17, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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An American Dream

Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo

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An American Dream Synopsis

Program Book

Go inside this production of An American Dream with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet The Artists

Catherine Martin

Eva Crowley

Christopher Magiera*

Jim Crowley

So Young Park*

Setsuko Kobayashi

Nina Yoshida Nelsen*

Hiroko Kobayashi

Ao Li*

Makoto Kobayashi

Daniela Candillari

Conductor

Matthew Ozawa

Director

Lee Fiskness

Lighting Designer

Izumi Inaba

Costume Designer

Andrew Boyce

Scenic Designer

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Public Events

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.

A scene from An American Dream opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A scene from An American Dream opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

At the Performance

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.

Production Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

The 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.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg