An American Dream was performed on April 8 & 10, 2022

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Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2 pm
Brown Theatre

Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo

Premiered: Friday, August 21, 2015. Commissioned by Seattle Opera
This is the Kentucky Opera Debut

Sung in English with English captions

Treasured Possessions Become Symbols of Home in this Opera Inspired by True American Stories

Set during WWII, An American Dream centers on two women: a Japanese-American girl forced to leave her home and a Jewish German immigrant determined to bring her family safely to America. This poetic and gripping opera carries timely themes of belonging, justice, and the struggle to maintain a sense of place.

In its Seattle Opera world premiere, An American Dream was called “a heartwrenching opera…eloquent and moving” by the Seattle Times, with Opera News describing the music and libretto as “touching…sentimental…lyrical.”

Single tickets start at just $35.25!

Cast and Creative:

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Helen Huang
Setsuko Kobayashi
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Emily Albrink
Eva Crowley
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Christopher Burchett
Jim Crowley
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Nina Yoshida Nelsen
Hiroko Kobayashi
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Young Bok Kim
Makoto Kobayashi

COVID policies have been changed for all Kentucky Opera performances. Beginning March 28, 2022, masks are no longer mandatory for performances at the Brown Theatre. Guests will no longer be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to gain entry to the Brown Theatre. Please click to read Kentucky Performing Arts’ full COVID policy here.


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