Wang Jie, Composer | IT RAINED ON SHAKOPEE (working title)

IT RAINED ON SHAKOPEE (working title)

IT RAINED ON SHAKOPEE (working title)

Cover art work by John Fleischer

*A Prison Opera In Development For a Premiere in July 2017*

Commissioned by Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, this opera is supported by The McKnight Foundation and NewMusic USA


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A first of its kind, chamber opera “It Rained on Shakopee (working title)” 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” in 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. Prison choir “Voices of Hope” and their music director Amanda Weber have done tremendous work to pave the road for this opera. (Click here for Amanda’s latest TED talk!)

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Creative Team:

Warren Friesen, music director,  Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Zhu Yi, playwright/screenwriter

Amanda Weber, music director, Shakopee Prison Choir “Voices of Hope”

Chamber Opera Version:

Duration: 20 min total

Principle Roles:

Mezzo-Soprano & Lyric-Baritone


Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, 2 Perc, Cel/Pno, Tape, Strings

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15 Feb 2017