An American Soldier with David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo

Sun, Mar 18, 2018 @ 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Works & Process at the Guggenheim in association with MOCA

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: An American Soldier:
David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo


This event is held at Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, NYC.

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Excerpts are performed from this new two-act opera based on the true story of Danny Chen, proud American and son of Chinese immigrants residing in Manhattan’s Chinatown. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Chen is welcomed in boot camp, but in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly, posing powerful questions about what it means to be an American. Librettist David Henry Hwang and composer Huang Ruo discuss their collaboration with MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach, prior to the opera’s premiere in Saint Louis.