A Place to Call Home
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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