Instrumentation: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, youth chorus, orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass
On December 11, 1956 the City of Saint Paul evicted the residents of Swede Hollow and burned their homes to the ground. Their stories, and those of earlier Swede Hollow residents, became the subject of Ann Millikan’s opera, SWEDE HOLLOW. The libretto is a poignant story that weaves back and forth through time following the lives of Swedish, Italian, and Mexican immigrants who made their home in Swede Hollow during its 100-year history. The fictionalized characters are based on historical research and interviews with former Swede Hollow residents. The opera’s final chorus, Dakota Land, celebrates the original inhabitants of the region with a text by Anishinabe poet Marcie R. Rendon. Centering on the theme of home – leaving home, finding home, losing home – SWEDE HOLLOW comes alive through powerful music on the land that holds its memories.
SDPC 470 01 Score, Rental