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

Composed by Du Yun; libretto by Michael Joseph McQuilken

Conducted by Kamna Gupta

April 1317

World Premiere

At REDCAT

A deeply moving world premiere by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music.

The latest in a multi-season collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects, baritone Nathan Gunn stars as a father-to-be struggling to overcome his personal demons and become a man his daughter will be proud of. Along the way, mounting complications take the story through unexpected, gut-wrenching turns that test our flawed hero as he discovers a strength of self and purpose that he never imagined possible.  

Best availability on Thursday, April 14 and Saturday, April 16.

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

The New Yorker

Artists

COMPOSER
Du Yun
LIBRETTO/DIRECTION
Michael Joseph McQuilken
Baritone Soloist
Nathan Gunn
CONDUCTOR
Kamna Gupta
CREATIVE PRODUCER
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.

World premiere

Presented at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

The running time is approximately 70 minutes (performed without intermission).

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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2021/22 Season