Resonance Works Brings New Opera to Pittsburgh in 2020-2021 Season

By Francisco Salazar

On Oct. 23 and 25, Resonance Works will open its 2020-2021 season with “I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams” at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The work will be a collaboration between composer Jorge Sosa and creator and librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs and will champion the struggles of immigrants and the often overlooked complexities of their stories.

The performances will mark the second production of the new work after its world premiere in Boston in September 2019 under Jacobs’ White Snake Projects, a company developing new American opera.

In the new opera, Sosa draws on folk music from Asia and Mexico, integrating with elements of jazz and classical music and even iconic quotes from “West Side Story.”

The all-female cast will include Chinese-born soprano Helen Zhibing Huang, mezzo-soprano Maria Lopez, and Natalie Polito. The work will be directed by Elena Araoz, who directs theater and opera internationally as well as serving on the faculty at Princeton University.