Recommended by Rich Smith
The opera nuts I know are still talking about the 2015 world premiere of this chamber piece by San Francisco composer Jack Perla (with libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo), which was commissioned by Seattle Opera. The story is set in the Puget Sound region during WWII, and it follows the lives of two women: One is a Japanese American woman who was swept into an internment camp, and the other is a German Jewish immigrant who has moved into the Japanese woman's recently deserted home. But before audience members settle into their well-appointed seats to watch the narrative play out, the production team sends them through a booking process designed to resemble the one imposed by US officials at the Japanese internment camps. Considering Trump's decision to rescind DACA, this operatic dive into this region's past might also offer us a glimpse of its dark future.