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Naomi's Road
Ramona Luengen
Ann Hodges
September 30, 2005
Vancouver Opera Association
Naomi's Road is based on the 1986 novel for young readers by award-winning Japanese Canadian writer Joy Kogawa.Set during World War II, the opera depicts the dramatic journey of nine-year-old Naomi, her older brother Stephen, and their "Obasan" (aunt) from their comfortable and happy home in Vancouver to a Japanese internment camp in the interior of B.C. Sister and brother endure the harshness of war, racism, bullying, and loss of family to discover the gifts that sustain them: music, words and love. Their resilience of spirit and the kindness of certain strangers they meet offer hope for the future and will lead Canadian War Museum audiences to discover the power of understanding and the beauty of compassion.
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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
2004 Canadian Opera Creation Fund Repertoire Development
Naomi's Road
Vancouver Opera Association
2005 Canadian Opera Creation Fund Production
Vancouver Opera Association
Ann Hodges
Leslie Uyeda
Audio Visual Materials

From left to right: Jessica Cheung (Naomi)
Courtesy of: Vancouver Opera; Photo credit: Tim Matheson
Schedule of Performances Listings
Naomi's Road (Luengen)
Friday, September 30, 2005 - Vancouver New Music

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