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In Our Daughter's Eyes In Our Daughter's Eyes

Composed by Du Yun; libretto by Michael Joseph McQuilken

April 1317, 2022

West Coast Premiere


A man transforms into a father

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun’s one-man opera stars baritone Nathan Gunn as a father-to-be struggling to become a man his daughter would be proud of. His journal — a gift for his unborn daughter — traces the journey unfolding before him. You don’t have to be a father to love this story.

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Composer Du Yun: “relentless originality and unflinching social conscience”

The New Yorker


Nathan Gunn

Creative Team

Du Yun
Michael Joseph McQuilken
Julian Wachner
Beth Morrison

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Told through the perspective of a new father, In Our Daughter’s Eyes shows the journey of the protagonist as he wrestles with truly becoming a man that his daughter would be proud of. The story traces his wife's joyful and fraught pregnancy, the legacy of the family's past, and the personal demons that he vows to vanquish before assuming the role of a father. 

He imparts passages from the journal he keeps -- a gift for his unborn daughter -- as the moments of this journey unfold before him. Along the way, mounting complications take the story through unexpected and sobering turns that test our flawed hero as he discovers a strength of self and purpose that he never imagined possible. Through his journal, he traces the journey unfolding before him and the gift of sight that his daughter gives him.

West Coast premiere

Commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

Off Grand productions are supported by a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders. 

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