Guggenheim Museum hosts Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: An American Soldier: David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo / by David Hwang


March 18, 2018,  7:30–8:45 pm 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Excerpts are performed from this new two-act opera based on the true story of Danny Chen, proud American and son of Chinese immigrants residing in Manhattan’s Chinatown. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Chen is welcomed in boot camp, but in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly, posing powerful questions about what it means to be an American. Librettist David Henry Hwang and composer Huang Ruo discuss their collaboration with Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America, prior to the opera’s premiere in Saint Louis.


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