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.
An American Dream
Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Every Home Hides a Secret
Don't you Recognize me
An American Dream Synopsis
Go inside this production of An American Dream with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
So Young Park*
Nina Yoshida Nelsen*
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumna
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center
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.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Lyric Opera of Chicago, 40 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, in Room 550
Enter at stagedoor, near the corner of Washington and Wacker Drive
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.