Both Eyes Open Opera

Both Eyes Open is a chamber opera that tells a haunting love story and tale of perseverance about a Japanese American farmer and his wife, who are incarcerated in an American concentration camp during the hysteria of World War II. He endures and reclaims a vibrant humanity in the face of betrayal and sacrifice. This opera-theater hybrid features the latest stagecraft side-by-side with elements of ancient traditions, in a poetic melding of historical atrocity and the whimsical lore of the Daruma “Wishing” Doll. The music ranges from soaring lyricism to taiko drumming, big band, and undulating electronic samples. Vivid scenic projections enhance this surreal, psychological journey of awakening.

World Premiere June 24 – 26, 2022 on the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Both Eyes Open
a chamber opera
composer Max Duykers
librettist Philip Kan Gotanda
director Melissa Weaver
conductor Benjamin Makino
designers Kwame Braun, Matthew E. Jones, Maria Christoff

Suchan Kim,
baritone   Kalean Ung, soprano    John Duykers, tenor
Joel Davel, marimba lumina   Marja Mutru, piano

Presenting Partners

First Look Sonoma
Presidio Theatre SF