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A Place to Call Home

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SYNOPSIS: The journeys of 4 different teenage refugees/immigrants, their escape, arrival and assimilation in the U.S..  Based on interviews conducted by the composer-librettist with teenage refugees from El Salvador, Iran, Cambodia and Angola, the opera is propelled forward by the choices and decisions each teenager has to make re: cultural identity, conformity, new language, new systems, new friends, and their struggles to rebuild lives in a complex new world.

THEMES: Respect and understanding of different cultures;  Adjusting to a new place.

 

 

CAST: 4 adults and chorus (teenage or adult chorus)

ADULTS:  Woman 1 (soprano);  Woman 2 (mezzo-soprano); Man 1 (Tenor); Man 2 (Baritone);

TEENS OR ADULTS:  Other immigrants, refugees, high school students, high school teachers, street gang, barrio kids (chorus)

DURATION: 60 minutes

ACCOMPANIMENT: Piano;  or, 2 Electric Keyboards (2 players) and Percussion (1 player)

COMMISSIONED BY:  The Los Angeles Opera

PRODUCTIONS: The Los Angeles Oper a, University of Texas El Paso

 

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Read what the press is saying about A Place to Call Home:

L.A. Times
"HOMEBOY OPERA" Click here to read article.

San Diego Union Tribune
"NEW OPERA BASED ON EXPERIENCES OF IMMIGRANTS OPERA IN L.A." Click here to read article.

El Paso Herald-Post
"COMPOSER WRITES OPERA FOR THE REST OF US" Click here to read article.

San Francisco Chronicle
"L.A. OPERA COURTING A YOUNGER CROWD" Click here to read article.

L.A. Times
"A HIGH ENERGY 'HOME'" Click here to read article.