An immigrant story that explores what it means to be American.
Jorge Sosa, Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs, Creator and Librettist
Curtain-raiser: Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Two children, worlds apart—one flies, one walks—to America.
Two girls, divergent lives—one green card, one undocumented—in America.
Two women—different struggles, disparate hopes—for America.
Two friends, shared dreams, one journey—through America.
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—The Boston Musical Intelligencer
I am a new American, an immigrant of ethnic Chinese origin, from Singapore. I grew up when my country was still a British colony. My ancestors, originally from China, came to South East Asia as part of the great Chinese diaspora, in search of a better life. Then it was my family’s turn to leave to find a better life, a life without racial turmoil, or race riots and fear of Chinese communism as the British got rid of all their colonial possessions. They settled in Australia, but I continued on – to Oxford, England, then to Canada and America, sponsored by a Polish Solidarity member who had jumped ship in New York and who knew what it was like to be without a country. Immigration is in my DNA, it seeps through every pore in my body. On September 5, 2017, President Trump, with one stroke of his pen, revoked Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), upending the lives of DACA recipients—Dreamers—in the country that had become their home. Read Cerise's inspiration
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More