Creative Team

Composer

DU YUN

Librettist & Director

MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

Music Director

JULIAN WACHNER

Created with and featuring

NATHAN GUNN

DU YUN

MICHAEL JOSEPH MCQUILKEN

JULIAN WACHNER

NATHAN GUNN

About

Told through the perspective of a new father, In Our Daughter’s Eyes shows the journey of the protagonist as he wrestles with truly becoming a man that his daughter would be proud of. He imparts passages from the journal he keeps — a gift for his unborn daughter — as the moments of this journey unfold before him.  The story traces his wife’s joyful and fraught pregnancy, the legacy of the family’s past, and his personal demons that he vows to vanquish before assuming the role of a father.  Along the way, mounting complications take the story through unexpected and sobering turns that test our flawed hero as he discovers a strength of self and purpose that he never imagined possible. This moving and heartfelt one-man opera reunites Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, Beth Morrison Projects, and multidisciplinary librettist & director Michael Joseph McQuilken after their lauded co-creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone in 2016.

Support

In Our Daughter’s Eyes is dedicated to Stuart Nelson.

In Our Daughter’s Eyes was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Linda & Stuart Nelson.

In Our Daughter’s Eyes is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Press

“indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge”

The New York Times

“She has a boundless, almost childlike sense of curiosity about the world around her—she reinvents herself daily, and so does her music. This, combined with a fiercely disciplined technique and a total lack of interest in what anyone else thinks, just might make her that rare artist who catapults into international success but doesn’t feel the need to tame her wild side in the process…” (Praise for Du Yun)

TimeOut New York

“Nathan Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything it touches ...”

The New York Times

01 / 03

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In Our Daughter’s Eyes

LA Opera "Off Grand" at REDCAT, Los Angeles