700 North First Street Minneapolis
MARCH 9–26, 2023
MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN
LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG
A father’s love, a family’s journey.
The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song Poet comes to life in this world premiere. It tells the story of Yang’s family and her song poet father as war drives them from the mountains of Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to the challenging world of life as an immigrant. With his poetry, Kalia’s father inspires hope in his family, polishing their reality so that they might shine.
Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.