Flight (2006- 2008; Act II work-in-progress )
A Chamber Opera in Two Acts
Hyejung Kook, librettist
Sponsored by Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation
Grant for Creative Work
A Chinese mother illegally immigrates to America, bringing only her dreams and her ten-year-old daughter, Mei. The father is unable to join them until five years later, only after his wife has died. Grieving and bewildered but proud, Mr. Gu struggles to connect with his daughter and make a life for them both. He must rely on the help of Mr. Lee, a seemingly helpful businessman who knew his wife. But Mr. Lee is not what he seems, and the lingering spirit of his dead wife bears helpless witness to the tragic events that follow once the truth is revealed.
Daughter – Soprano, Meihua, who goes by Mei, fifteen
Mother – Alto, Mr. Gu’s wife, Huaxing, in her early forties
Uncle – Tenor, Mr. Lee, an associate of Mother, in his late thirties
Father – Bass, Mr. Gu, in his early forties
Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Percussions, Piano/Celesta, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass
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