WORLD PREMIERE - SEATTLE OPERA COMMISSIONBy Jack PerlaLibretto by Jessica Murphy MooPROVOCATIVE DRAMA WITH LOCAL CONNECTIONS. Treasured possessions become symbols of home in a Seattle Opera commission, part of the Belonging(s) project, inspired by true stories from our region’s history. This world premiere opera set during World War II explores the lives of two Puget Sound women: a Japanese American facing internment and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind. Their struggles to maintain a sense of place in our region are given added resonance through moderated audience discussions bookending the opera.
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Research images taken from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial.
Memorial Plaque on the Story Wall at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial.
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial — IntroductionNidoto Nai Yoni, translated as “Let It Not Happen Again” is the motto and mission of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The Memorial is located on the site of the former Eagledale ferry dock on Bainbridge Island, Washington, on March 30, 1942, two hundred twenty–seven men, women and children — two–thirds of them American citizens — were forcibly removed from their homes, rounded up by US Army soldiers armed with rifles fixed with bayonets and boarded a ferry to Seattle.
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