Wang Jie, Composer | IT RAINED ON SHAKOPEE



Cover art work by John Fleischer

Did you know that every prisoner at Shakopee can tell which guard is approaching by the sound of the guard’s jingling keys?

*A Prison Opera In Development For a Premiere on July 20th 2017*

1 ) The Shakopee Prison Choir (on tape);

2) Mezzo and Baritone couple Vicki and Jeff Madison;

3) Children’s choir;

4) Award wining LSCO music director Warren T. Friesen

Wang Jie is the first composer to bring opera into the U.S. correctional system. Her pioneering work can have profound influence on the reach of new opera.

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Commissioned by Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, this chamber opera is supported by The McKnight Foundation and NewMusic USA Duration: 20 minutes 

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A first of its kind, chamber opera “It Rained on Shakopee” unites two otherwise unrelated Minnesota communities to channel the voices from inside the fence to the public. Shakopee Prison and Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra will join forces in the creation and premiere of this opera. The literal voices are women of the Shakopee Prison Choir “Voices of Hope”. You will hear them on tape, incorporated as a “ghost choir” during the performance of the opera. The metaphoric voices are the individual prisoners who contributed to the story of this opera in various ways. Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee houses all of Minnesota’s female offenders. It is also the only women’s correctional facility in the nation to house maximum custody level offenders without a perimeter fence.

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Creative Team:

Warren Friesen, music director,  Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Zhu Yi, playwright/screenwriter

Concert Opera Version:

Duration: 20 min total Principle Roles: Mezzo-Soprano & Lyric-Baritone


Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, 2 Perc, Cel/Pno, Tape, Strings, Children’s Choir

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15 Feb 2017