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Activist Blog: “We All Have Learning to Do”

by Abby Nordan Members of the Boston Children’s Chorus sing the “Pledge of Allegiance” during I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Photo by Kathy Wittman/Ball Square Films. I can’t think of any recent moment in which I have been more moved than I was while watching the premiere…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 weeks ago

A Note From Dreamer Director Elena Araoz

This opera about immigrants is deeply and entirely American. In some ways, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams seems to leap directly onto the stage from today’s headlines. Our design for this premiere production evokes the inhospitable institutions that immigrants face as they are rounded up, detained…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Q+A with Jorge Sosa

Composer Jorge Sosa was all set to work with White snake Projects on the opera, Monkey: A Kung Fu Parable when President Trump revoked the DACA act. He and Cerise put Monkey aside and started work on I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams.

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Q+A with Maria Sensi Sellner

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner took a break from rehearsal to answer a few of our questions about her pre-performance rituals and more! Q: What led you to pursue a career in music? I actually did not, at first! I was involved in musical activities from a very early…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Q+A with Kirsten Chambers

Soprano Kirsten Chambers has her hands full in I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, playing the gangsters who threaten Singa and Rosa’s families, their mothers, and Rosa’s prosecutor. Kirsten took a break from juggling so many roles to talk about being in Dreamer. Q: How do you…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Q+A with Isis and Amy

Interview by Abby Nordan On this day three years ago, my friends and I sat in the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre for the world premiere of Gilgamesh. After months of rehearsing and workshopping and preparing, we and our choir, the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 weeks ago

Q+A with Carla López-Speziale

Mezzo-soprano Carla López-Speziale plays Rosa, the titular Dreamer in I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. We caught up with Carla during rehearsals and talked to her about her character, yoga, and more. Q: If you had to swap roles with another member of the production, who would…

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by Arlene Elkins , 1 month ago

Q+A with Helen Zhibing Huang

Soprano Helen Zhibing Huang is a White Snake Projects veteran, having previously sung in workshops for Gilgamesh and REV. 23, as well as writing the song “I Can’t Understand a Word You’re Saying” alongside composer Michele Cheng for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices. She is now performing in our…

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by Arlene Elkins , 1 month ago

Press Release: White Snake Projects’ New Opera – I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams – examines Range of Immigrant Experience at Emerson Paramount Theater in Boston (Sep 20-22)

I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, the newest opera from creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, with a score by composer Jorge Sosa, premieres September 20-22 on the Robert J. Orchard Stage of Boston’s Emerson Paramount Theater. With a cast carefully chosen to reflect the ethnicities of the characters and to bring to the project a wide…

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by Arlene Elkins , 1 month ago

SOS Was a Success!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: A BIG thank you to our audience for coming to SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices and to our artists for making music and telling stories from their hearts. I am so grateful to all of you who made our inaugural SOS successful. The three concerts…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 months ago

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