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2018 Meet the Makers

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  • January 25-29, May 31

MEET THE MAKERS OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

Opera Theatre’s nationally acclaimed New Works, Bold Voices series is dedicated to creating new operas that resonate with our country in the 21st century. As OTSL prepares to launch the world premiere of An American Soldier, go behind the scenes with a series of exciting events across the St. Louis region, featuring renowned composer Huang Ruo and Tony Award-winning librettist David Henry Hwang.

An American Soldier traces Private Danny Chen’s journey in the US Army. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this opera asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American today.

ASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICE IN THE US MILITARY

Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m. 

Missouri History Museum, Great Hall

5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, 63112
 

An American Soldier is the latest addition to OTSL’s New Works, Bold Voices series of contemporary works for American audiences. Hear composer Huang Ruo speak about the process
of adapting a true story for the operatic stage, while
local Asian-American military veterans share their own
experiences. Attorney Liz OuYang also joins Opera
Theatre to share her perspective on the advocacy
work that followed Danny Chen’s death. This event
includes a preview performance by an OTSL artist.


PRIOR EVENTS:
 

THE DRAMATIC VISION OF DAVID HENRY HWANG

Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m.
St. Louis University Sinquefield Stateroom
DuBourg Hall, 4th Floor
221 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

David Henry Hwang is one of America’s most esteemed playwrights and opera librettists, best known for his Tony Award-winning drama M. Butterfly. Hear how he crafted Private Danny Chen’s story into an opera libretto. FREE.

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis University Library Associates.

 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Friday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Crispy Edge
4168 Juniata St, St. Louis, MO 63116

45 or under? Meet composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang for a happy hour celebrating the fusion of Asian and American culture in food, theater, and music. $10 ticket includes appetizers and up to two drinks (wine or beer) per person.

 

THE DANNY CHEN STORY

Saturday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m.
St. Louis Public Radio Community Room
3651 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108

Private Danny Chen’s story has had a profound impact on the military’s policies surrounding hazing and inclusion. Dig deeper at this panel event which will feature both composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang alongside Frank Williamson, Human Resources Section Sargent for the 620th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Richard Henmi, noted St. Louis architect and veteran. FREE.

Presented in partnership with KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio.

 

THE MUSIC OF HUANG RUO

Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
9450 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124

Huang Ruo is one of today’s most innovative young composers. His music has been lauded by The New York Times as “dramatically assured and lyrical...blends Western classical idioms with Chinese traditions into a distinctive style.” Hear more about his creative process in setting this true story to music. FREE.