An American Dream: A Contemporary Opera for Young Professionals

Ryan Masaaki Yokota , Development and Legacy Center Director, Japanese American Service Committee; Matthew Ozawa, Opera Director, An American Dream, Lyric Opera of Chicago; Kelley Szany, Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Moderated by Cécile Shea.

The “American Dream,” an ethos long associated with ideals including democracy, liberty, and equality has continued to stand the test of time. This was evident during some of America’s most fraught moments, such as World War II, when those escaping the perils of war and discrimination in the 1940s had tended to look to the United States for sanctuary. This spring, the Lyric Opera explores these themes in their production of An American Dream, which chronicles the experiences of two women from different backgrounds who dream about the safety and liberty of an American home amid the terrors of World War II.

Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Lyric Opera for an exclusive pre-show discussion and preview of the performance An American Dream, a unique story that was inspired by true stories from American history. 

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5:30 p.m.   Registration and wine reception begins 
6:00 p.m.   Pre-show discussion and Q&A
7:00 p.m.   Opera begins 
8:00 p.m.   Opera ends and interactive discussion begins 
8:30 p.m.   Adjournment 

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