"You have no idea of this wild and barbarous life." –Dame Shirley
In "the most eagerly anticipated new opera of the season" (The New York Times), John Adams and Peter Sellars’ latest collaboration follows young people from all over the world who flock to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich but are quickly caught up in the optimism, greed and prejudices of a rapidly changing world. Dame Shirley is an East Coast transplant chronicling life in the camp. Ah Sing, a Chinese immigrant, works as a prostitute but dreams of a better life. Ned Peters is a cowboy and former slave who never quite feels safe. And Josefa Segovia is a young Mexican barmaid whose act of self-preservation will change them all forever.
Music by John Adams | Libretto by Peter Sellars, drawn from original sources
Sung in English with English supertitles