When The Sun Comes Out

Composed by Leslie Uyeda
Libretto by Rachel Rose


In a place and time where gender expression is oppressed by the state—and being gay is a death sentence—following your heart can mean risking everything.  It is here that Solana finds her lost love Lilah, who is now a wife and mother. In reunion, they unearth secrets from the past, fight for a new future, and remind us all that love is love.  This striking and poetic piece from 2013 features a quintet of violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano as well as dancers and original choreography in collaboration with Portland’s Shaun Keylock Company. When the Sun Comes Out was commissioned by the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.

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90 minutes, no intermission
English with captions
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Leslie Uyeda “revels in the human voice and where it can take us.” Learn more about her collaboration with poet Rachael Rose in creating this beautiful love story.

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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 are $75. In addition to the ticketed performances at Portland Opera’s Hampton Opera Center, digital access will be available for purchase on Portland Opera Onscreen for $50.  When the Sun Comes Out will premiere Onscreen on February 25, and will be accessible on-demand until April 8, 2022. Learn more about Portland Opera Onscreen.

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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.

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