When The Sun Comes Out

Composed by Leslie Uyeda
Libretto by Rachel Rose

Overview

In the dystopian country of Fundamentalia, gender expression is oppressed by the state, and being gay is a death sentence. It is here that Solana, a free spirit, finds her lost love Lilah, who is now a wife and mother.  As their hearts join, Lilah’s domestic life and future is shaken to the core—unearthing secrets about her husband Javan, and giving way to the truth that love is love.

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Length
90 minutes, no intermission
Language
English with captions

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About the Composer & Librettist

Leslie Uyeda “revels in the human voice and where it can take us.” Learn more about her collaboration with poet Rachael Rose in creating Canada’s first lesbian opera.

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Production Information

When the Sun Comes Out was commissioned by The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, and premiered in Canada in 2013. It is sung in English with live English captions, and feature a quintet of musicians from the Portland Opera Orchestra. The quintet will include violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano. 

Tickets start at $35. In addition to the ticketed performances at Portland Opera’s Hampton Opera Center, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen.

Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.

Accessibility

Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance (whether virtual or in person) includes live English captions projected above the stage, or streamed virtually on the screen.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performance will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage.

If you require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please call us to purchase tickets so that we can ensure your visit to the theatre is an excellent one.